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GIFs

Our free, self-paced guide will teach you how to create useful animated GIFs using common tools like PowerPoint and screencasting software. I’m quite sure you’ve seen animated GIFs on the web. Usually, they are short, looping clips of hilarious cats, or scenes from TV shows. GIFs have a long, wonderful history of being entertaining. We believe the format is capable of so much more. GIFs can be useful. In fact, I believe that animated GIFs have the potential to become a new kind of explainer... Continue Reading

ExplainerGIFs: What They Are, Why They Matter

Posted by: leelefever on September 8, 2014- 9:56pm

Topic: ExplainerGIFs

Categories: animation, explainergifs, Explanation, GIFs, powerpoint, screencasting

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This post is based on a more comprehensive article I wrote called Welcome to the Next Golden Age of Animated GIFs. Animated GIFs are fascinating. These silent, looping, video-like experiences are popping up all over the web, much like they did in the 90s. But this time, it's different. Animated GIFs can now be created by anyone and we're seeing them used in new and interesting ways.  You've probably seen animated GIFs used for entertainment or highlights:    But have you considered how... Continue Reading

Explaining Animated GIFs - Or Not

Posted by: leelefever on November 14, 2012- 10:12am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: Explanation problem, GIFs, technology

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The word "GIF" is in the news recently thanks to being named the Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year.  Today I saw a video that's part of the PBS series Off Book, which explores the history and usage of the animated GIF.  The video is included below, but before we get to that, I want to point out an explanation problem.  At about 30 seconds into the video, Patrick Davidson of MemeFactory appears to answer the question "What is an animated GIF?"  Here's how he did that: An animated gif... Continue Reading