The animated GIF has had an amazing resurgence in the last couple of years. From pop culture references to mini-movies, and now to these mind-watering scenes from Portland artist Jack Dougherty. I really like the subtle moves, which bring these surreal images to heart-beating life. Via iGNANT:
GIFs are commonplace today, and there’s a Dutch blogger with a great talent at piecing together miniature moments using the Graphic Interchange Format. Here’s a few of his nature GIFs.
Animated GIF psychedelia, Via Colossal:
Fine artist and designer INSA creates elaborately painted walls that are photographed in sequence to create these amazing, psychedelic animated gifs. His latest piece (top 3 images) is a collaboration with artist Stanley Donwood called Hollywood Dooom to help celebrate the release of a new album for Atoms for Peace, AMOK, for which Donwood did the album artwork. INSA painted the entire exterior of XL Recordings four times to create the frames for the animation. Of the work he says:
My challenge was to take two very static items, a beautiful lino-cut and a less beautiful box of a building, and bring them to life. After a week of sweating in the Los Angeles late summer sun re-painting the whole building several times I got there. Animated as a continuous GIF it may only live online but some would argue that is where most now live there lives…
No doubt the animated GIF made a big comeback in the last year or two, and it continues to be used to strange and amazing effect.
French animator/artist Micaël Reynaud has a treasure trove of animated GIF movies on his site, including the creepy/stunning version above, which is like a sweeping wave of faces churning towards you. Others are decidedly more mellow, like a split screen of sunrise/sunset, showcasing the unique nature of a handful of simple animated frames.
Fast Company Design has a nice collection of his work.
Seemingly dead, or at least down-for-the-count, the classic Animated GIF is making a comeback. And you know what? It’s due for one.
When the internet was in its infancy, it was commonplace to see a website builder do anything to draw attention to itself. And in those days, a spinning star, a blasting trumpet, or a neon green meowing kitten was fair game for web design. Indeed, the more plastered your site was with distracting, ugly spinners, the more ‘pro’ you were. Oh, those days will not be missed.