GIFs as we know them may date from the 1980s; as analog concepts, though, they’re much older than that. The principles of motion-making were recognized by Euclid. Starting in the 1800s, scientists and inventors and hobbyists began experimenting with technologies that would fool the eye into perceptions of motion. In 1832, the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau invented a device he called the phenakistoscope (from the Greek phenakizein, “to deceive or cheat”)—a rod-mounted disc that, when spun, created the illusion of motion. There was also the thaumatrope, a double-sided card that simulated motion when it was twirled between two pieces of string. There was also, in 1879, Muybridge’s famous zoopraxiscope.
As new technologies created new venues for motion graphics, artists eagerly took advantage of them. The earliest GIFs—GIFs in spirit, before there were GIFs in practice—ranged in content, like their digital counterparts, from curiosity to artistry, from the banal to the brilliant. Which is a fact appreciated by Richard Balzer, who has spent the past 40 years accumulating a collection of early animation technologies. Balzer, the subject of a great profile in The Verge, has spent the past five of those years curating a virtual museum of his collection—including drawings and photographs of the 19th-century animations he’s gathered, as well as images of the technologies themselves. And he has begun converting those early moving images into GIFs that he has, in turn, posted to his Tumblr.
The animations range, awesomely, in style and tone.
Read more. [Image: The Richard Balzer Collection]
Designer of the week (27.10. - 3.11.)
Beth Sichender | http://bethsicheneder.com
Beth is a graphic designer hailing from the lovely city of Minneapolis. She finds joy in design and the desire to create and interpret the world visually. Her hobbies include drawing, feeling paper, smelling old books, drinking gunpowder green tea, and eating breakfast for lunch.
>23 year old American woman disapears from cruise
>last seen with member of the on-board band who says he’s sorry to hear about his sister
>announcement hasn’t been made yet that she’s missing
>denies it to the police
>they look for her, nothing
>two girls say they spot her on a beach in Curacoa
>another old male guy says he spotted a girl being led around the same beach by two guys who made eye contact with him as if needing help
>he followed her to a bar where she lifted her skirt to show a tattoo on her ankle
>he later finds about about JLB, sees her tattoo, tells police
>fake detective uses the family’s cash to find her, they find him partying in Curacoa rather than finding her
>years later family get sent a picture of a woman (pic related) advertised as a prostitute in Curacao
No title - Michael Lisowski
When I was over in Iceland, I felt like this would happen at any time. The landscape itself seemed to warn you of trolls and giants. I just expected to take a turn on the road and come face to face with a Troll going about its daily business. This is just brilliant.