I learned something new yesterday! Well, new to me: how to create animated GIFs. They’ve been around since the dawn of the interwebs, and have received a bad rap in the past for their over-use of cheesy lameness. However, in the past couple years I’ve noticed a resurgence in their acceptability within the Very Serious Design community. I never had a need to learn until now, for a digital ad at my soon-to-be-former (eek!) job. I taught myself out to make one in Photoshop yesterday. It was super easy because Photoshop has a built-in timeline, somewhat similar to Flash. My GIF is not worthy of sharing here because the artwork I had to use came from another designer on campus, but I wanted to search and share some GIFfy goodness. Not the tacky/funny MEME-style animated GIFs like these, but creative ways this file format is being used in the online design realm.
The Mathmatica-coded continuous patterns of animated GIF artist Archery:
The fun way Oh Joy has incorporated animated GIFs on her blog:
This cute little typographic GIF. I have no idea where it came from or who created it, but thanks Google!