Welcome to the JO GIF Gallery where we will be showing the best GIFs produced by JO students each year. 

By R.L. (Built in Photoshop)


I LOVE GIF”S! and, I ain’t afraid to say it.

Fun, irreverent, playful, cute, emotional, and just plain weird… there is so much learning for students to sink the developing, digital, aesthetic, teeth into.  This year I have set up this blog to showcase the wonderful work of my students.  Media Arts here at John Oliver Secondary School covers Sound, Digital Image making,  Animation, and Video, over three different levels- from beginner to advanced.  I use GIF assignments as a way to let students take a step back from their main projects and play. While the sophistication of the programs might change from level to level the GIF’s themselves remains fun and fresh.  Keep up the great work JO!


Please see the sidebar for links to students’ work. Enjoy!


But what is a GIF you ask?

The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF/ɡɪf/ GHIF or /ɪf/ JIF ) is a bitmap image format that was developed by a team at the online services provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite and released on 15 June 1987. (Wikipedia.org)

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. GIF is a raster file format designed for relatively basic images that appear mainly on the internet. Each file can support up to 8 bits per pixel and can contain 256 indexed colors. GIF files also allow images or frames to be combined, creating basic animations.  (adobe.com )

Is a GIF a video or an image?

By I.P. (Built in Photoshop, based on a Picasso painting)

A GIF (Graphical Interchange Format) is an image format invented in 1987 by Steve Wilhite, a US software writer who was looking for a way to animate images in the smallest file size. In short, GIFs are a series of images or soundless video that will loop continuously and doesn’t require anyone to press play. Nov 16, 2017 (wix.com)
What was the First GIF ever?
In 1987, Wilhite figured out how to compress images so they wouldn’t lose their sharpness, would load quickly, and could appear on any computer – and the Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, was born. The very first GIF was of a clip art airplane soaring through a pixelated sky.  (Text source cnn.com)

This is the FIRST GIF EVER! (Image source Wikapidia)


Please see the sidebar to see more student work!

(October 31, 2022 live)