I’m currently working with a client who is using an acceptable gif to send a message to her boss. The message is to express her appreciation for her work. The use of the gif is an excellent way to show appreciation for something that has gone without comment.
The problem is that the gif is not being used to express appreciation, it’s being used to send a message that you don’t approve of. In other words, it’s not an acceptable gif. I should hope that an acceptable gif is a very small part of a good design, or it loses its value.
I think the use of ‘acceptable’ gifs is a valid argument for avoiding gifs, but I don’t see why the issue is that important. There are so many other things that can be conveyed through an acceptable gif that don’t need to be conveyed through a gif.
In a previous post we wrote about the importance of using images that are not just to convey information. By using an acceptable gif, you are essentially telling your users that you don’t like the gif. And by using an acceptable gif, you are basically telling them that you don’t like the idea of gifs. It’s not a message you want to be sending, but people will continue to find it entertaining and interesting.
If you’re going to tell your users that you dont like them using a gif, you need to tell them in a way that your users will find interesting (and hopefully entertaining) rather than just telling them you don’t like them using a gif.
This is a problem since all of the internet geeks out there will say: “I like GIFs too. I like gifs!” But then they dont say anything about why they like gifs, they just say it. And when a user says “I like gifs”, they dont even think to say why they like gifs or that they are okay with gifs. Youre trying to tell the user that you dont like the idea of gifs.
The problem is that users will usually say exactly why they like or dislike something. The problem is that they are too busy thinking about their problems to say why they like or dislike something else. The problem is that for every user who says they like GIFs, there are a hundred who actually do. The problem is that for every user who says they dont like gifs, there are a hundred who actually are upset about the use of gifs.
Users will often say why they like something, but if they can take an unpopular but cool feature of a software system and make it cool on its own, then they can also take a cool feature of software systems and make it cooler on its own. Even in the case of gifs, a person can put in their own GIF-like image and make it cool on its own.
When I look at gifs, I have to admit that I feel as if I’m looking at the first version of a software program in its infancy. It’s cool and it has a lot of potential, but it is just something that you’ve seen before. It’s like having a new release of a software program and seeing exactly what it is, only a minor version of it.
In the case of gifs, as in the case of links, a GIF is something that you have seen before. You look at it and it looks familiar, but not quite. It doesn’t look like a real picture but rather like a digital video. The best gifs are those that have elements of real life. They have real people in them as the animation in the GIF is made from real-life pictures.