Here is a collection of some astounding examples of GIFs from around the web for your viewing pleasure.
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What’s a GIF?
Really? You can’t tell me you’ve never heard of a GIF. On June 15th, 2012 – the GIF turned 25, so it’s a pretty good assumption to make that you’ve come across at least one example on the web since. Here is a more formal definition from Wiki for those who really don’t know what a GIF is, I guess maybe toddlers and newborns, then again they’ve probably come across one as well… Well who cares, here’s the definition anyways :
“The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF; /ˈdʒɪf/ or /ˈɡɪf/) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability. The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel thus allowing a single image to reference a palette of up to 256 distinct colors. The colors are chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame.”
I’ve organized my selection based on quality as always. I fell upon what we can easily call the current reference when it comes to animated GIFs. This post is therefore a tribute to the countless artists involved in the process who will have you gazing for prolonged periods of time at their outstanding pieces.
Jamie & Kevin
The first series of GIFs are from Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg. They’ve mastered the art of GIFs to such an extent that their masterpieces earned their own unique name, “Cinemagraphs”. You can see more of their “Cinemagraphs” at From Me To You and and Oh So Coco, but for the time being you can enjoy my own little faves.
Erik Jonsson is a Designer “doing decent analogue and digital work for some great people” and currently working as a creative director in London. In this post I was particularly interested in his eye for the “right moment to capture feel” displayed in his GIFs. He’s got two GIF projects and one of them is still ongoing. Big pile of gif and 6 days left. Make sure to check them out on his site.
these GIFs are from Jaimie Martinez. He is a photographer who’s had the pleasure of working with some very interesting people, one of whom is Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam , also known as M.I.A., or even more recognized for her music such as the ever so famous “Paper Planes” hit track. Anyways if you want the full story, head on over to his website and gaze at all his work. Once again you’ll find my favorites listed below.
The fourth and final series of GIFs are from Stereo Sputnik also known as the Russian Time Freezer. You can view all of them on his blog. Here’s my selection.
I truly hope you enjoyed these designs as much as I have. Feel free to let me in on some others you may encounter.