Are Animated GIFs the New Standard Web Images?

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Web experts claim that people prefer videos and images to written copy on websites. Many news stories open with a video as a featured image for a story/article. It makes sense that articles that don’t have video will still enthrall viewers with moving images in the form of animated GIFs. Yes, it’s like seeing something shiny, grabbing someone’s attention. Like the overwhelming popularity of Jib Jab animated ecards versus the old Hallmark pansy flower cart, animating images makes sense in the evolution of the web, so why not get onboard?

Who wouldn’t want a picture of their family dancing and laughing and other Harry Potter moving photos in beside frames? Well, it’s only a matter of time when that’s what your smartphone will do. In the meantime, here’s some leaders in the animated GIF business…

ROBIN DAVEY

An illustrator in the UK, what started as a project for fun, Robin was propelled into creating commercial animated GIFs as images for articles on the web.

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PAOLO CERIC

Croatia-based digital artist Paolo Ceric creates mind-blowing animated art using a variety of software, including Processing and Cinema 4D. These hypnotic GIFs make us wish Facebook would allow animated GIFs as avatars, like Twitter used to do (there are some early Twitter avatars grandfathered in and still stand out on news feeds).

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MR. DIV

Motion graphics artist and aspiring game developer, Matthew DiVito, takes animated GIFs into a place between reality and… not reality!

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THE STEREOSCOPE

Your great grandparents used Stereoscope pictures for a thrill in those evenings while awaiting electricity to be discovered for their xboxes and wifi. Someone discovered that the side-by-side images, when turned into simple animated GIFs, created a 3D image from just two simple, 2D images.

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People soon learned that any image, taken from two slight angles would give them the same ability to build simple animated GIFs.

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A MILLION YEARS AGO

Back in the digital stone age of the 1990s, animating the photographic work of Eadweard Muybridge could be seen everywhere. His photo studies of human and animal movement lended itself perfectly to animated GIFs. With a little retouching and such, there were some amazing creations.

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MORE!

There are other creative people out there making incredible animated GIFs but if we included them here, the page would never load. As is, those with massive MBS internet will be enjoying this collection long before the dial up crowd ever sees the title of this article. Still, you know you’ll search the web, looking for them. So, perhaps, as said here, animated GIFs will replace those boring, static images that adorn every website you visit?

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Speider Schneider

Speider Schneider is a former member of The Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine and has designed products for Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros., Harley-Davidson, ESPN, Mattel, DC and Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon among other notable companies. Speider is a former member of the board for the Graphic Artists Guild, co-chair of the GAG Professional Practices Committee and a former board member of the Society of Illustrators. Follow him on Twitter @speider

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