Animated GIF images remain extremely popular, years after they first hit the web. Many are simply tiny clips from other media, such as television shows or movies. But others have been created from scratch to offer something unique from designers showcasing their work.
David Ope has a Tumblr account called DVDP, where he features his many graphic art experiments. A great deal of his GIF images have cyclic movements as their focus. These are some of his best.
1. Inner Circles
Most of the circles in this GIF are evenly spaced and move outward. But the others move inward, giving more depth to the overall picture. At a certain point there is an area where the two seem to merge and there are more lines than the other spaces.
2. Light Ball
Set against a black background, this one has just a few lights that seem to make up a ball moving in circles to a center. It is interesting to see how the movements themselves create the effect of a circle rather than the other way around.
3. Rainbow Ball
This one is a lot more colorful than most of the others on Opeâ€™s Tumblr. It uses one bent strip of rainbow-colored light to make up a ball rotating clockwise. Other lighter colors make up the other half to slightly solidify the shape.
4. Colored Ball
More complex than the rainbow ball, this example has different pieces that rotate in a cyclic motion to make up another ball. But they seem to move inside of one another to slightly change the shades as they go, remaining transparent so you can also see the others.
5.Â Stairway to Heaven
One of the cooler images Ope has made, this GIF shows a kind of staircase that is moving in a spiral up toward a backdrop of stars. There is something almost hypnotizing about it, and it is hard to look away after a while.
6. Seizure Inducer
My title was, of course, made in jest. But this one is hard to look at without feeling like your eyes are going to explode. There is a ball made of lines in the center that is moving in a cyclic motion. Then, the background is more lines moving in an opposite way. If anything could throw you into a seizure, it would have to be this one.