An animated GIF is a form of computer image that moves as an animation. It usually consists of frames, like a movie with no sound. If you’re a heavy Internet user, I’m sure you’ve probably ran into multiple GIFs on meme websites and various forums. Although the web contains billions, if not trillions, of GIFs, the reality is that they’re all pretty ugly. I know that might make me sound like a design snob, but I actually don’t mind poorly made GIFs. The humor I receive from them is far more valuable than my concerns with aesthetics.
Moving away from stereotypical humor GIFs, I decided to search for well made animated GIFs by talented artists and designers. My curiosity led me to discovering hundreds of professionally designed GIFs that will make you say “WOW.” I decided to collect some of my favorites and share them with you today. While most of the examples below aren’t perfectly looped, their high quality and creativity definitely makes up for it. I believe these GIFs will inspire any creative to open Adobe Photoshop and spend a few hours creating their very own piece of art. Enjoy!
One of my favorite styles are animations that grow from nothing, in a way that would be physically impossible, inspired perhaps by the opening credits of Game of Thrones. But that’s not all there is, traditional looped gifs, animated logos and abstract motion graphics are all en vogue.
Which of these animations is your favorite? Do animated gifs offer a realistic alternative to static images? Let us know in the comments.