If you’ve perused the internet sometime in the last six years, you’ve probably spotted the small (and often funny) images that loop to infinity—the animated GIF (GIF stands for graphic interface format, but you don’t really need to know that). What used to be a gag in blogs and group text messages is now becoming more common in web development. In 2018, these short animations will become more refined. For example, expect to see custom branded GIFs replacing static logos (Google and Uber have already done this).
Adding a bit of tasteful movement to key elements of a brand makes web content more engaging for users. Small movements can also draw attention to key elements of a page in a very beautiful way. Instead of placing an entire GIF on a webpage, some web developers are employing cinemagraphs. At first glance, a cinemagraph appears to be a normal photograph—but look closely, and you’ll notice a subtle, sometimes looping animation.
At Pilch & Barnet, we implement cinemagraphs on client sites when appropriate. We also use GIFs in many of our promotions. And, if you ever want to ignite a superficial squabble in the office, ask if it’s pronounced “GIF” (like gift) or “JIF” (like the peanut butter).