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Visual artist Sean Pecknold and Smart Water teamed up to make this superb stop-motion short film where they tell us all about the history of the humble GIF.

For those who don’t know, GIFs (or “graphics interchange format”) are short moving videos. They normally are used to represent a certain reaction or feeling. GIFs have become a massive part of pop culture and most people will send countless GIFs to their family and friends every day.

Stop Motion Animation Reveals The History Of The GIF image of history of the gif

But how did they get started? Who invented them and how did they get so popular? We find out how the GIF was created way back in 1987 when a company called Computerserve released a new imaging format called 87A. This paved the way for people to make moving images that they could send to friends. At first, it was for niche audience, but as time went on, more and more people started to use the image format. Now, it’s easier than ever to send someone a GIF and the format has become a huge part of everyday communication.

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