137 posts tagged gif
137 posts tagged gif
If you’re looking for a little high-tech in your ugly Christmas sweater, Mark Rober and his company, Digital Dudz, have got you covered. Mark is a former Nasa scientist who spent nine years working on the Curiosity rover before breaking into the novelty clothing business. Mark creates holidays garments which utilize a pouch, the wearer’s smartphone, and a free app to take their festive look to the next level.
His latest efforts make use of a free Android and iPhone app to reinvigorate the tired ugly-Christmas-sweater genre. Download the app, slip your smartphone in the Velcro pouch, and then just stand back smugly sipping your eggnog as the plaudits roll in.
Rober said, “It just blows people’s minds, because for thousands of years clothing has been static. It doesn’t move. And then when it does, people are like, ‘What kind of sorcery is that?’ And then you explain that it’s a phone and they’re like, ‘Oh. Yeah.’”
Here you see a design which features a cozy, flickering fire merrily burning inside the sweater’s kitschy fireplace. This is just one of the five different designs available this year. Click here to view videos demonstrations of all the sweaters.
Mark Rober’s awesomely ugly Christmas sweaters can be ordered here.
Want to spice up your tree with some super stupendous ornaments?
Our new ornaments for 2013 are the Lederhosen Unicorn (sassy!), Krampus (naughty!), Santa Pickle (briny!), Creepy Horse Head (stop staring at me!) and Charles Darwin (evolutionary!). The Darwin ornament stealthily resembles Santa, so you can sneak it on your tree. It also pairs well with an Atheist Stocking.
UK-based artist and designer INSA (previously featured here) just shared an awesome new Gif-iti piece. This time INSA traveled to The Gambia where he painted the outside of a thatched mud hut as part of Lynx Africa’s 18th anniversary celebration:
"It was only after I had had all the inoculations and boarded the plane that I realised I had misread the brief of ‘Make a piece of work inspired by Africa’ to Make a piece of work IN Africa!
Anyway it worked out well as I couldn’t think of a better way to produce a piece of work inspired by a place than actually visiting it. I flew to The Gambia and spent some time in and around the villages on the mangroves of Makasutu Jungle. I painted a traditional african thatched mud hut that belong to Saloum and his 2 wives and many children. Saloum was particularly pleased with the marching elephants as they have pretty much been wiped out in The Gambia apart from the one owed by the president.”
Santa Pickle Ornament - He was once a lowly, underachieving personified cucumber who dreamed of one day being garnish on delicious plate of food. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get anyone to consider him edible. Depressed, he fell asleep in his bath one December 24th and the Christmas spirit appeared. Recognizing the generosity and goodness in the cucumber’s heart, the spirit sprinkled that water with salt, vinegar, spices and loads of fresh dill. When that common cucumber woke up from his nap, he had transformed into Santa Pickle. Now he travels the world in his magic pickle barrel delivering pickles to all the good little boys and girls that prefer savory over sweets.
Colossal recently shared a wonderful assortment of gifs made using Phenakistoscope discs, some of which are from The Richard Balzer Collection. These are a few of our favourites. Head over to Colossal to view the rest.
Some of you may recall that we shared a tentacular Phenakistoscope gif last year. But in case you aren’t already familiar with this fascinating device, the Phenakistoscope is an early animation device that used the persistence of vision principle to create an illusion of motion - largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. Invented by Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau, it uses a spinning disc attached vertically on a handle. Around the center of the disc a series of pictures was drawn corresponding to frames of the animation; around its circumference was a series of radial slits.
"So what kinds of things did people want to see animated as they peered into these curious motion devices? Lions eating people. Women morphing into witches. And some other pretty wild and psychedelic imagery, not unlike animated gifs today."