A Short History of the Gif | Moving the Still, by LEGS MEDIA, nicely illustrates the origin of the word GIF, Graphics Interchange Format. My coworkers had quite a debate about the pronunciation. Steven said “I’ve always thought this was interesting, since it’s SPELLED GIF.” and David replied, quite appropriately, “I think its because Jraphic Interchange Format doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.” Benji ended the conversation with “Giraffes love gifs.”
On Mashable, you can read the short history:
Steve Wilhite, father of the Graphics Interchange Format, has ended the heated debate on how to pronounce “GIF.”
Wilhite, then working at CompuServe, debuted the file format in June 1987. He accepted a lifetime achievement award Tuesday at the Webby Awards for his creation.
Instead of giving a vocal acceptance speech, he flashed a GIF on the big screens: “It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF,” read his acceptance speech, which adhered to the ceremony’s five-word speech limit. read more
Today (May 20) is Dieter Rams’ 81st birthday. Last year Vitsœ re-released the 10 Principles for Good Design poster in commemoration of his life’s work for Braun and Vitsœ. Happy Birthday Dieter, you’ve been an inspiration to me, and countless other designers, for years. Thank you for your contribution to high quality thinking and practice.
This gorgeous poster designed by Jay Fletcher is part of a collection of work he did for the 2012 Charleston Film Festival showing of “Eames: The Architect and the Painter.” I’ve just sent him an email so that I can frame one of these on my own wall, at least until I can own a few Eames pieces myself. I love the idea of an Eames pyramid. Nice work Jay (and Eameses of course)
Last night, Lookout hosted our annual Google I/O Kickoff party, and 400 people walked away with my design. (well, 399, because I took one home before the party).
The lovely model is Nico Eberienos, one of Lookout’s product designers.
(not pictured: the sleeve reads “compile time dependencies: if you were to compile or build a hacker from source code, these are the components you would need.”)