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Fun with GIFs!
One of my favorite image formats to use is the GIF! It can be static or animated, but with all the other file formats out there I seldom use it for static images. Though many people (including me!) like to pronounce it with a hard g, the creators insist that it should be pronounced with a soft g (like Jif, the peanut butter).
I know, right?
While the GIF has been around since 1987, it hasn’t really changed much! Image styles and software have changed a ton, which is why super-old GIFs are pretty basic but more modern GIFs are pretty nifty. Check out the examples below:
Ye olde GIF image from days of yore…
New-fangled nifty GIF
With the amazing ability to animate your images and really make a statement, can you think of any reason why you wouldn’t want to use GIFs for everything?
Well actually I can. While they can no doubt make an impact on your website visitors, you don’t want to overdo it. Having too much animation can sometimes be annoying to look at (case in point – this blog post), and it can really detract from the user experience on your website.
Make sure your visitors are happy!
So, the moral of the story is: when it comes to GIFs, use sparingly to have the biggest impact, and HAVE FUN! 😀
All images were found on giphy.com except for the featured image, which is actually a GIF that I made of my dog running on the beach of Lake Michigan.
Owner & Web Developer
Jessica Walker is a web developer from Flint, MI, and is also the president/owner of Zoda Design. She has a Bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She has been doing web design as a hobby since 1999 and finally decided to do it professionally in 2012. What to chat? Shoot her an email.