The Easy Way (and the Hard Way) to Make a GIF from a Video

Animated GIFs have been around since CompuServe introduced them in 1987. Since then they’ve been used for everything from MySpace glitter graphics (uggg…), to sweet dance clips, and some really refined cinemagraphs like the one above. While GIFs are everywhere, it’s only a small section of the internet that makes them – so let’s look at two ways you can make a GIF.

Charming Animated Illustrations from Japanese Artist Maori Sakai

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai has been drawing charming scenes of those special moments in everyday life, then animating them with a lively happiness that’s simply infectious. Many of her drawings have positive messages that flash through their moving scenes and remind us to focus on the simple and good things in life. “Happiness is by your side” or “Take it easy”.

Fractal Experience 2: GIFs That Maximize Creativity in a Tiny File

These GIFs may seem like simple eye candy, but they are actually complex arrangements exploring the relationship between geometric patterns, fractals and patterns in the space time continuum. This series is a continuation of Erik Soderberg’s first set of GIFs released in 2011, titled Fractal Experience. In contrast to his earlier work, these images move.

Andrew Ohlmann’s Bizarre Looping Gifs

Andrew Ohlmann is creating lovely animated gifs in his signature bold illustrative style, and each looping piece of art is mesmerizingly clever. His imagination has conjured up unnerving imagery that must be seen: hands with wavy knuckles, people with continuously peeling skin, and eyes that just won’t stayed glued to the head they’re on. It’s weird and wonderful stuff.

Get Lost in Endlessly Repeating GIFs Based on Mesmerizing Math

There’s mesmerizing art hidden in math and physics, and Dublin-based physics student David Whyte is revealing it for us. His Tumblr site Bees & Bombs is chock full of creations that will delight you with their cleverly looping geometry in motion.

Remixing Famous Architecture in Animated GIFs

Taking architecture into the 4th dimension, Axel de Stampa has created animated GIFs featuring some of the world’s most famous contemporary buildings. It’s a playful and mind bending experiment in architectural remixing.

Is This the Future of Movie Posters?

What if every advertisement you saw jumped to life and let you interact? That’s certainly not a new idea – and plenty of malls now have large digital screens featuring moving ads – but could that also be the future of the movie poster? These animated examples of famous movie posters were created by an anonymous Imgur user, and capture the futuristic possibilities of cinema advertising while predicting possibilities for an exciting new industry standard.

François Beaurain Puts a New, Animated Face on Liberia

French photographer François Beaurain is putting a new face on the capital city of Liberia. Here the citizens become the teeth on a turning gear, “a piece of the conveyor belt that animates the city.” All too familiar with the countries storied past, François’ gives the people a lively presence often missed by the westernized world and buried under news stories that highlight the grim and shocking.

Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Romain Laurent can take any normal scene and make it absolutely bizarre. In his recent series of animated portraits, he uses the looping GIF to repeat impossibly strange scenarios from people slapping themselves in the face (with an extra set of arms) or stepping in a circle while keeping their torso still, to blowing endless piles of leaves out from under their shirt. Why are these so ridiculous, and ridiculously fun? Perhaps it’s because this series is just a fun break from his normal routine of commercial projects.

Traceloops: Matthias Brown Uses Rotoscoping and Other Experimental Techniques on His Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are everywhere, but dig these fantastic looping animations from Matthias Brown! He’s using the old school technique of rotoscoping – a technique invented in 1915 by Max Fleischer where animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films (the same technique notoriously used in the animated ’70s version of The Lord of the Rings). Here the process lends a refreshingly analogue look to this viral form of digital media, in many cases even revealing the corner marks Brown uses to align his many frames.