Animated GIFs

GIFs are one of the oldest image formats used on the web. Throughout their history, they have served a huge variety of purposes, from functional to entertainment. Now, 25 years after the first GIF was created, they are experiencing an explosion of interest and innovation that is pushing them into the terrain of art. In this episode of Off Book, NPR charts their history, explores the hotbed of GIF creativity on Tumblr, and talks to two teams of GIF artists who are evolving the form into powerful new visual experiences.

Web Resources one might utilize for creating these products include:  MakeAGif, Loogix, Picasion, Gickr, Gifninja.  Tools on your workstation include Photoshop, GIMP, Fireworks.

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