Graphic Interchange Format, popularly known as GIF, has come a long way. What started as an image format with lossless data compression that made images smaller in file size 30 years back, has now become a form of visual shorthand - a language that draws on culturally resonant moments to communicate the full range of human emotions in just a few seconds. This language is far more expressive and expansive than modern day shorthand such as, 'LOL', 'ILY' or 'OMG'.
As a tribute to GIF, ScoopWhoop launched a month-long campaign to celebrate the 30th birthday of the image format on June 15, 2017 - the day GIFs turned 30. Conceptualised by Dentsu Webchutney, the campaign was carried out on Facebook and Twitter using #30YearsOfGIF. A campaign microsite was also created which showcased all 30 GIF.
Talking to afaqs! about the initiative, Gurbaksh Singh, chief creative technologist, Dentsu Webchutney, says, "Today, most events are showcased through GIFs. The brief was pretty simple and straightforward. Being an internet media and news company, ScoopWhoop uses GIFs to connect with its audience. Hence, as a tribute to this digital art form, they wanted to celebrate the 30th birthday of GIFs."
The '30 Years of GIF' campaign showcases major events of the past 30 years - such as fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela released from jail, terrorist attacks on World Trade Centre, launch of Facebook and many more - through 30 interesting GIFs. These were no ordinary GIFs. For every GIF a new miniature installation was created mechanically and programmed to play in a loop. Then they were filmed.
"The key events were decided after a painstaking process. We did a lot of deliberation before arriving on the final list. The events were chosen on the basis of their impact on our lives. Technology, movies, pop culture, global events were a few categories from which the most historic events chosen. Just like GIF shaped the world we live in, most of the events on the list too changed the world," Singh explains.
Catch a glimpse of the '30 Years of GIF' campaign.
Gurbaksh Singh - Chief Creative Technologist
Hemant Kumar - Interactive Lead
Vishal Sagar - Associate Creative Director, Copy
Akshay Anand - Senior Copywriter
Thanglalson Ngaihte - Junior Producer
Sumantra Talukdar - Junior Producer
Sachin Kumar Verma - Art Director
Rakesh Bairwa - Tech Head
Vipin Kumar - Senior UI Developer
Anurag Kumar - Senior Technical Architect