#30YearsofGIFs – 5

 

 

Different versions of the ‘Under Construction’ GIF, such as the one featured above were popular on the early Net. For home-based website creators especially, these GIFs were a way of showing they were hard at work building their sites, just like at a construction site. Many of the GIFs were based off of US road signage. Sadly, after the demise of Web 1.0 in the first few years of the 21st century, the under construction GIFs that frequented the likes of Geocities went the way of the floppy disk, surviving now in only legacy sites and GIF collections.

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

#30YearsofGIFs – 3

 

This cute little GIF, a US-style letter box that opens to reveal a cluster of hearts, was a popular feature on the user-generated network of sites called GeoCities during the 1990s. It was, as appearance suggests, use to indicate links to emails. Sadly I don’t know its origins.

For some further reading, here is an ‘ode to the GIF’ written by marketing agency Nelson Bostock Unlimited – http://www.nelsonbostockunlimited.com/blog/an-ode-to-the-gif-2/

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

#30YearsofGIFs – 2

 

Our second #30YearsofGIFs post introduces the ‘Dancing Banana’. This little yellow fellow was another Internet GIF pioneer. Appearing in the early 2000s, this fruit derived from a cult Flash video “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” made by Ryan Gancenia Etrata and Kevin Flynn (with the song “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” by The Buckwheat Boyz). Just like the Dancing Baby, the banana achieved celebrity status, appearing in a 2005 episode of Family Guy.

The Dancing Banana became so well-known that some forum owners set the word banana to show a dancing banana emoticon GIF.

Check out this fun article on GIF history by magazine ScoopWhoop, with its very own illustrative GIFs https://www.scoopwhoop.com/30yearsofgif/

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee, Know Your Meme

#30YearsofGIFs – 1

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the invention of the GIF, we’ll be introducing you to some of the first GIFs to go mainstream. Up first is the ‘Dancing Baby’. This GIF first appeared in 1996 and was based on CGI models from a 3D animation software called ‘Character Studio’. It was web developer John Woodell who first crafted this GIF, where the baby does the cha-cha-cha dance. It spread like wildfire (or baby vomit), and the child even made a special appearance as a recurring dream in the 1990s comedy series Ally McBeal. The antics of this little mite formed a significant marker of both Nineties popular culture and the peak of GIFs’ own popularity in the early days of the net.

Know more about the history of the GIF at this link: https://www.historyofthegif.com/#/timeline/0

Credits: Character Studio, John Woodell, Vijay Shah, Blingee, Wikipedia

#30YearsofGIFs – a homemade celebration

 

Hey Gifvillers. 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the invention of the GIF. So to mark it in my way I created this GIF using an old television set as a canvas and filling it with old and new GIFs galore. From now till the end of this year, we’ll be featuring different GIFs on a customised background, along with GIF facts that you can use to impress your friends down at the bar!

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee and newhive.com

A chubby girl’s pixellated dream

 

When she’s at her office desk, all she dreams of is owning her own bakery, with unlimited treats.

Credits: Vijay Shah and Blingee