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Sep 23, 2014

The Evolution of the Bicycle

I love this bicycle design evolution gif. It's awesome to see the wheels adapt, but my favorite is looping the handlebar/steering mechanism. 

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Jan 30, 2013

An Animated Gif that Shows How a Key Opens a Standard Lock

This might be old news to some, but I'll cop to the fact that I had more-or-less zero idea how a key and lock actually works. Something with tumblers and cylinders and somethingorother... 

And then, I watched this animated gif, and everything makes perfect sense, and I feel sorta silly for not knowing it before.    

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Dec 18, 2012

Video: A Delightful History of the Animated GIF, in 2 Minutes

The Atlantic blog offers this tribute to the animated GIF - the once maligned but now embraced moving "still" photo. Last week, there was an entire festival dedicated to the GIF as "high art." 

This two-minute video was produced in conjunction with the festival. It "chronicles the graphic interchange format’s journey from the late 1980s through the dot com bubble up to today’s multi-platform media world -- in claymation. Not only did the GIF pave the way for future digital art memes, but even the savviest of media creators cannot decide whether to pronounce it with a hard or soft ‘g’."

The answer? "Inventor Steve Whilhite pronounced it

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Jul 24, 2012

Mesmerizing Vintage-Inspired Motion Graphics by Matthew DiVito

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Boston-based graphic artist and designer Matther DiVito has created these fantastic geometric animations that remind me of the little production studio tags at the end of the education TV shows we watched as kids in the 80s - like the end of 3-2-1 Contact or those "The More You Know" bits from Saturday morning.

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Apr 28, 2010

"Myth Busted" Proves Animated GIFs Can Still Crack Us Up

Mythbusters is a show that most ManMakers can get excited about. Sure, it's pretty science heavy, but they're always careful to detail the building of the gear, explaining the special tools and materials, and it usually ends in an explosion.

Some clever Mythbusters fan created this hilarious looping GIF that highlights the personae of the show's host - Adam Savage is quite silly, and Jaime Hyneman, well, looks like a walrus in a beret.

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