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Andrew Ohlmann’s Bizarre Looping Gifs

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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Get Lost in Endlessly Repeating GIFs Based on Mesmerizing Math

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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Remixing Famous Architecture in Animated GIFs

Monday 06.02.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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Is This the Future of Movie Posters?

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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François Beaurain Puts a New, Animated Face on Liberia

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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Mesmerizing Light Pattern GIFs Go Round and Round

Wednesday 04.09.2014 , Posted by
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Turkish multimedia artist and filmmaker Erdal Inci is back with more stunningly hypnotic GIFs. When we last featured his work, he was creating multiples of a single figure in endlessly repeating chains of motion. Now he’s created a series humbly called Light Pattern GIFs, and it’s equally hard to look away. [Read more...]

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How Rad Were Old Game Graphics? The Real World Contrasted With Their Gaming Counterparts

Wednesday 03.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you were a gamer in the early ‘90s, you probably remember raving about the awesome graphics. It seemed like the future was right around the corner, about to pop into full color photo realism… I mean, just look at Jean-Luc Picard’s head!

To see how ‘real’ each of those games really was, Brother Brain (aka NYC artist John McGregor) has done movie/game mashups, showing us an animated look at how the old games measured up to reality… or at least a promotional picture. [Read more...]

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Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Thursday 01.16.2014 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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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. [Read more...]

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155 Years Before the GIF: The First Looping Animations Created for the Phenakistoscope

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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A little while ago we covered the technology that went into Japanese band SOUR’s music video animated on spinning CDs… but that’s just the most recent in a long line of spinning disk animations. Almost 155 years before CompuServe launched their first animated GIF in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau created the Phenakistoscope – commonly regarded as the first device to display a true animation. [Read more...]

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