๐Ÿ“‘ The GIF Is on Its Deathbed

Bookmarked The GIF Is on Its Deathbed (theatlantic.com)

I think there will always be, at least, a handful of masochists who want to struggle to make a GIF and struggle again to post it somewhereโ€”all because they are devoted to the perfect animated loop, and because they think there is something spiritually important about contorting themselves to create it. โ€œ[Igor] Stravinsky has a quote about constraints,โ€ Kohler told me. Then he read the whole thing aloud: โ€œThe more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneโ€™s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.โ€

Kaitlyn Tiffany reflects on the demise of GIFs. She discusses the embarrassing nature in which particular GIFs are used on repeat. In addition to this, the MP4 format is a lot smaller.

Ir is interesting to look back on when I presented on GIFs as a form of quick makes.

3 responses on “๐Ÿ“‘ The GIF Is on Its Deathbed”

  1. Hi Aaron,
    Thanks for this link, your pull quote is perfect. As a recovering gif masochists it really struck a chord. I never aimed for perfection just some strange self imposted notion around file size. I blame #DS106 for my may years of gif-addiction.
    I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™ll every break completely free, yesterday an image on my camera roll cried out for giffing. The modern way, an iOS shortcut resulted in a 2.2MB monster. After a fair bit of command line, with Eddie Kohlerโ€™s gifsicle, I eventually opened an older version of Mac os on parallels that could run FireWorks to to squash it to 448KB.
    Although making gifs is redundant & silly, it has given me so much fun over the years and I like to feel taught me a lot.


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