Hello. My name is Adam, and I’m a GIFaholic. I grew up in the 90s, and, therefor, spent a lot of my time looking at, and creating, random Geocities and Angelfire webpages. I loved those shitty little websites. Sure… they were flashy, loud, hard-to-read, long-to-load, single page atrocities, but that’s what made them so great! And of course… any free site worth its salt contained a whole bunch of animated GIFs. Well… the web has grown and, for the most part, forgotten about the beauty and grandeur of the GIF. There are still pockets of hope (Tumblr and most forums), but public sentiment is largely against us. Fuck that… ¡Viva la GIF!
The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.
The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel allowing a single image to reference a palette of up to 256 distinct colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame. The color limitation makes the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.
Here is my gift to you: