Monthly Archives: August 2014

Graphics Interchange Format Revival

Fountain in Trastevere Rome
Animation is the key to popularity!

Sometimes old school styles and vintage stuff emerge from the past end get new life in the present modernity. It’s what happened in the raster graphics world with the bitmap image format known as GIF, acronym for Graphics Interchange Format. Introduced in 1987 by CompuServe, it soon became popular due to its efficient data compression good for slow modems. Despite a 256 colors palette, GIFs support animation! And here is where the fun part begins. Having a short animation compressed in a small playable file is the reason why this evergreen image format is still so popular.
You can find and grab a perfect loop from a video or edit it frame by frame inside editors like Photoshop.
In the last few years, a new style has developed by melting photography with videos: Cinemagraphs. Cinemagraph™ is a term coined by Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg and photographer Jamie Beck from New York City. It describes a still photo in which a small repeated movement occurs, a «living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly».

In this new gallery you can find Sir Joe Works’ experiments with Animated GIFs. Hope you will enjoy it!