a tale of a few cities

Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium

Posted in Art, artists, Gif, tech, trawling the net, tumblr by petercombe on March 18, 2012

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. The video from Off Book charts their history, explores the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and features two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences.  

via jockohomo

gif via powcamp

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  1. […] to A tale of few cities, I learned that the animated gif is 25 years old this year. To celebrate here is Rhodos […]

  2. petercombe said, on March 20, 2012 at 12:41 am

    You know – I have CS5 yet still do not know how to make an animated gif. I’ve only ever made them on gif hosting sites. Must learn… Btw, clever you.


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