Huzzah for Animated gifs

Animated gifs have come up for me three times this week. I know, the word might make you think of that chain email your aunt sent on back in ‘aught six. But no, not those: contemporary animated gifs.

1: The artistic

Found on superb culture curator blog Lost at E Minor, Brandon Jan Blommart’s series of Americas Most Haunted animated gifs are fascinating and soothing.

2: The ZOMG

Gawker’s feminist(ish) blog Jezebel made a roundup of dozens of a newish sort of animated gifs as sort of “Like using emoticons, on steroids!”* which you use in a comments forum when you want to applaud someone:

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or tell them to shut up, or that you will kill them,
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or just “whatever.”

*This is actually a reference to the static face reaction shots of myfacewhen but applies even more to these. The quote was introduced to me in a metafilter’s comment about the jezebel post by dreamyshade, who continues: “instead of having text abstractions stand in for our faces, they/we use other people’s faces to stand in for our faces when talking anonymously and virtually.”

3: The uh, professional

I made one, for a google ad for my day job at Speck. It featured these new super limited edition lowbrow creature art iPhone cases. But… it was 160k, much too large for a google ad. In an attempt to get it under their 50k ceiling, I saved a severely lossy dithered 16color version.

We didn’t end up using it because well, it is terrible. But! Strangely compelling, in a vhs reticulation Prince of Darkness nostalgia way. (If you concur, maybe post in the comments a nodding Ms. Jay or something).

Further reading:

Slate has an article on the Glorious GIF Rennaissance and Artfagcity calls 2010 The Year of the Animated GIF. Neither of these articles mention iOS’ continued nonsupport of Flash as a contributing factor to the renaissance, but I don’t doubt it: the first wave of animated gifs predated Flash and all but disappeared to livejournal and myspace for years once Flash hit the scenes.

And as for the retro cheestastic style of that first wave of animated gifs, if you’re still hungry for em, perhaps you’d like to watch that new MIA video? Frankly I couldn’t get through it…

NADIAH-FLICKR MONDAYS!

Lovely beach shots by Nadiah. The last shot just makes me laugh!

Nadiah’s flickr site here.

FAMAPA-FLICKR MONDAYS!

Such lovely detail/texture shots by Famapa (not sure of the actual name). Brings back memories of Europe!

More of Famapa’s work here.

Etsy Schmetsy: Tweeder

Autumn is upon us (mind you, in San Francisco that mostly means delightfully summer days, but I digress) and in New York it’s Fashion Week. Time to put away summer’s lightweight casuals and pull out the warmer, dressier heavy hitters. I am talking about woolen tweed, which in the world of handmade crafts has been reinvented from stuffily professorial – the stuff of John Hodgman and Rupert Giles – to adorable and flirty.




Row One  : :  Wool cloche by lizarietz : :  The Delivery Pack by Sketchbook : :  Deer brooch by shopJoliette

Row Two  : :  corduroy and tweed reversible spats by merrybe : :  wool/cashmere/silk cowl by breadandroses2 : :   “the roaring fire” upcycled pillow by emmadear

Row Three  : :  Bon Bon and Belchick (tweed woodland squirrels in love) by sleepyking : :  upcycled scarf by HTandH : : wool wrap coat by 13threads

Row Four  : :  Recycled suits messenger bag by RumahKampung : :  Handmade Journal by Highland Books : :  travel cape by daintythings

Abby Powell-Flickr Mondays!

Lovely how something so simple can look so beautiful.

Abby Powell’s flickr site here.
Abby’s blog here.

Typografriday: Calligraffiti

We’ve mentioned Niels “Shoe” Meulman before, but in case you hadn’t looked closer at his Calligraffiti pieces, I wanted to show a few more. I’m not generally even a big fan of graffiti (and nazis and ed hardy have both seriously threatened my love for fraktur) but his hybrid of a loose blackletter and the drips and attitude of grafitti is inspired and beautiful.

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Oh and he makes fancy big silk Unruly scarves too, with lovely color combinations and hidden subversive texts (e.g. “Society Fools,” shown on the model). I’m tempted to buy one but maybe just because it comes with a signed copy of his book.

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Although he is fierce at defending his turf, Shoe isn’t the only writer at this intersection. I’ve recently discovered Luca Barcellona, whose lettering work is fantastic, and all the better when he mixes it up with spraypaint on a wall. Here’s a flickr set full of crossover work with his “Rebel Ink” crew.

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Oh and, happy typografriday!

brandi strickland-flickr mondays!

Happy Monday! Brandi Strickland, a multi-media artist, and also one of the two people behind “the paper whistle” site has some really lovely collage pieces that I’m really enjoying. Hope you do too!

Check out Brandi’s flickr site here.
Personal site here.
Company site here.

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dutch books-flickr mondays!

So sorry for the tardy posting…things are a bit hectic at work. I’m really enjoying this collection of Dutch books, posted by lliazd. Enjoy, and hope everyone is having a good Monday!

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lieke romeijn-flickr mondays!

Beautiful photographs by 19-year old photographer, Lieke Romeijn. I’m always a sucker for sun-drenched photographs!

Lieke’s flickr site here.
Website here.

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louis reith-flickr mondays!

Happy Monday! Today’s post is about graphic designer/artist Louis Reith. Louis currently resides in Amsterdam, NL. I just happened upon his flickr site, and was completely blown away! Most of these pieces I’m posting about today, he creates out of old maps and book pages. For more photos and information pertaining to his work, check out his site here.

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