Sunday, May 6, 2012

Annoyance #4: Cheap Tumblr Gifs

You know what really grinds my gears? Those cheaply made animated gifs I find on Tumblr. You know which ones I'm talking about? I'm talking about the ones that just have text overlaying someone saying the line. Usually it's a line from a movie or something. It's lazy.
Worse, it lacks any comedic timing whatsoever. The punchline sits there the entire time.

What am I looking at here? All this gif is really doing is have me read a person's lips. What's the point of animating it if that's what it's going to be? Just make it a reaction image and have done with it.

See that? That's well-made. Make more like that. See how the text comes out as he speaks the words?

Now imagine if the "...OKAY" was there the whole time. Do you see how it would be much less effective?

And that, people, is what grinds my gears.