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I think I’ll pass on the page viewing, me thinks.

Credits: Veronica Savage via GifCities and Internet Archive


#30YearsofGIFs – 7


Lovable Pikachu, the yellow star of the anime series Pokémon, first made his appearance in 1996 in a Nintendo Game Boy game and arrived on TV a year later. A generation of people made Pokemon GIFs to put on their sites and really show they caught them all!. Unlike many things from the heyday of GIFs, Pokémon are still going strong, as last year’s Pokémon Go craze can attest.

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

#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 –

Credits: Vijay Shah, Blingee

#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:

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