gifs that keep on giving
January 29, 2013 7:58 AM   Subscribe

Illustrator Rebecca Mock has created animated gifs for NYTimes articles ranging from quiet cars on Amtrak trains to observations about Main Street storefronts. She has been interviewed about her process. Don't miss the party.
posted by pwally (11 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, I never knew the NYT even had these kinds of illustrations. I've never seen one before, I think. But I would love to see more of them.
posted by ymgve at 8:07 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

I've seen the times experimenting with cinemagraphs as well. I was re-watching Harry Potter recently and it struck me that the magical newspaper they read would not just be possible soon, but will likely be commonplace and ordinary within a few years.
posted by gwint at 8:13 AM on January 29, 2013

I love those. As a rule, I find the proliferation of video and animation on the internet really unnecessary and gaudy. After the nineties, I swore I never wanted to see a .gif image again and have had little cause to regret that. But a lot of these cinemagraphs are thoughtfully done, for a specific effect. Very artistic, and they definitely convey mood. Even the act of choosing which element to animate forces a deliberate choice from the creator. I'm a big fan. Like anything, results vary, but I think this artist kind of nailed it, and fall subtly and seamlessly in with the page's content. Well done.
posted by Stagger Lee at 8:22 AM on January 29, 2013 [5 favorites]

Wow. This one is subtle.
posted by activitystory at 8:38 AM on January 29, 2013

Very cool. See also: much (not all) of Zac Gorman's videogame-related work.
posted by mean cheez at 8:49 AM on January 29, 2013

These are so good.
posted by milestogo at 8:58 AM on January 29, 2013

I love these and want to see more! They're just so...poignant in their way.
posted by Kitteh at 9:14 AM on January 29, 2013

I clicked on the link about main street storefronts, mostly because my hometown has so many abandoned storefronts on its main street (despite being a low-crime suburb with plenty of well-off families who like to shop).

The article is about my hometown and I've met the author - he tried to get me to move into the apartment building behind the former auxiliary police office once, and my parents rented an office in that building decades ago. The byline of Cleveland Heights is probably where he lives - the main street in the article is in Lakewood.

The building on the right in the illustration looks like it is based on Rozi's Wine House, which is actually very successful and has recently expanded, although I think the office space above is vacant. The building on the left appears to be this vacant storefront a few blocks away, and there is an actual swingy sign in front of the butcher's shop just to the left (which is still in business).

This comment started off as a derail, but I'm fascinated now at how the streetviews give us a glimpse into Mock's process.
posted by pinespree at 9:46 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh, that's nice... but I'm curious whether the logo on the laptop is supposed to be a pineapple or an eggplant.
posted by psoas at 10:29 AM on January 29, 2013

I can see these subtle animations working really well within the context of children's literature. If they could be embedded right into paper somehow - what a beautiful, tasteful way to enhance a storybook.
posted by davebush at 11:45 AM on January 29, 2013

Wow. This one is subtle.

She's a Futurama fan!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:35 PM on January 29, 2013

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