Graphics Interchange Format 1: Research

Curate a set of 5 animated GIFs from the web and post them to your tumblr. Capture a range of styles and rhetorics. Aim to collect a varied set: each GIF should uniquely demonstrate a different aesthetic or technical feature of the image format. Bonus points for thematically unifying the set (they could all be Bowie, or cat, or abstract, or eye-roll, or architecture GIFS.) Find GIFs that reflect different stages in the history of the format — both contemporary and historic ones. At least one should have a text component.

Look in tumblr, giphy, google, imgur, reddit (, gifcities, etc. (Don’t just use giphy!) Also check the recommended reading links below for fascinating, historic GIFs.

Present your set to class with a brief (5 minute) explanation of why you chose your 5 — what aspect of each one is noteworthy. Indicate what is interesting and particular about GIF as an image format — what it can do that other image formats can’t — with reference to the particular GIFs you chose.

Hello world!

Begin with this content: the standard test message “Hello, world.”
Use Google Drawing. Experiment with every option in this minimal software for editing, distorting, illustrating etc. this generic salutation. By the end of this process, the real “content” of your image should be that of its technical medium, the software you used to produce it.
What does this mean? Aim to show the peculiar structuring mechanisms of the medium. See if you can explore all the possibilities for form in this particular tool.
Content must remain legible.
Each of the 5 images should be significantly different.
Say “nothing,” in order to explore and reveal the formal dimensions of a software.
Make a series of 5 images.
Export your images as a jpgs and post a slideshow to your tumblr.