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Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

Art Meets Mathematics: Dizzying Geometric GIFs by David Whyte gifs geometric animation

In 2011, Dublin-based physics student David Whyte began a Tumblr called Bees & Bombs where he posted humorous images and quirky GIFs of his own creation, borrowing heavily from videos and pop culture icons. One day he decided to start playing with Processing, a popular open source programming language designed to help create images, animation, and various computer interactions. His background in mathematics and physics greatly enhanced his understanding of motion and geometry and it wasn’t long before he was churning out some of the most popular animations shared on Tumblr.

Whyte’s minimalistic use of shapes and color places an increased emphasis on motion, and leaves one somewhat dumbstruck at how he conceives of each image. In a somewhat rare move he happens to be quite open about his methods and frequently posts source code and tips to help other artists. See much more of his work on Bees & Bombs.

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Award-Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Award Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time gifs animation

Freelance designer and stop-motion animator Micaël Reynaud (previously) creates animated GIFs unlike any we’ve seen. His process involves the use of video techniques like slit-scanning, time-lapse, and various forms of masking to create what he refers to as “hypnotic very short films.” Indeed many of these animations are pulled from fully realized videos which you can watch over on his Vimeo channel. Reynaud’s work has not gone unnoticed in the art world, the pigeon GIF above was a finalist in the first Saatchi Gallery Motion Photography competition, and he recently won the 2014 Giphoscope International Art GIF contest. You can scroll through dozens of his creations over on Google+.

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This is a GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video of a Roller Coaster

This is a GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video of a Roller Coaster roller coasters gifs flipbook

Could this be the most meta thing on the entire internet? Just so we’re clear, the title isn’t a typo. This really is a GIF of a Vine of a video of a flipbook of a GIF of a video of a roller coaster. Created yesterday by Televandalist using a handy Flipbookit.

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New Hand-painted and Animated ‘GIF-iti’ by INSA

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

New Hand painted and Animated GIF iti by INSA street art murals graffiti gifs Gambia animation

Fine artist and designer INSA (previously) continues creating his signature animated “GIF-iti” pieces in locations around the world. Each mural is painted and photographed in sequence to create up to 8 individual layers (or frames) which are then animated into what you see here, a process than can take several days. In 2013 INSA also had the opportunity to travel to Kubuneh Village in Gambia where he was invited to create several of his works on local structures as part of the Wide Open Walls project. (via Hi-Fructose)

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New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

New Absurd Animated Portraits by Romain Laurent portraits humor gifs

Photographer Romain Laurent (previously here and here) continues to create a new looping animated portrait each week. The photographer began the project as a way to break free from the pressure of commercial work, and we’re glad to see the project is still ongoing. These are some of the best portraits since the new year, but you can see lots more on his Tumblr.

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The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

Science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Since 2008 Hungarian/German graphic designer David Szakaly has been churning out some of the most dizzying, hypnotic and wholly original gifs on the web under the name Davidope. His blend of twisting organic forms, flashes of black and white, and forays into pulsing technicolor shapes have inspired legions of others to experiment with the medium, many of whom have been featured here on Colossal. It’s hard to determine the scale of Szakaly’s influence online, but a simple Google image search for “animated gif” brings up dozens of his images that have been shared around Tumblr hundreds of thousands of times.

Szakaly began experimenting with the vector animation program Macromedia Flash back in 1999 where he used the software to create presentations, banners, and other creatives for clients. It was nearly a decade later when he decided to dedicate more time to experimenting with motion graphics and found that Tumblr was a great platform to share his quirky gifs. While he still works in the corporate world on other digital projects, he has also found commercial success making animations for clients around the world. Though it’s his personal work that really stands out. If or when gifs end up on gallery walls, it will be hard to deny Szakaly’s role in getting them there.

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

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