The Economy of the GIF

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Friday 8th March, 2013

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

From the oogachaka baby to Nyan Cat, the graphics interchange format, better known as the GIF, has come a long way since the days of floppy discs. The modern-day GIF was introduced to the world 25 years ago by Steve Wilhite at CompuServe as a more versatile alternative to the JPEG. Despite its adaptability and ease of use, the GIF became a pariah in the 1990s, due to its overuse on Web-hosting sites like GeoCities. Since then, everything has changed. Today the GIF is a format fit for museums and the lingua franca for people eager to express themselves with more than just an emoticon. GIFs have also gone mobile, thanks to programs like 3Frames, Cinemagram, and GIFShop. But more importantly, GIFs have opened up new avenues for artists and with it the potential to earn a living.

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Fernando Alfonso III

Reporter, The Daily Dot

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Jimmy Repeat

Artist/producer, MTV

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Lindsey Weber


A writer in Brooklyn, NY.

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Mark Portillo


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  • Ariel Gajardo
  • Brian Mossop
  • Dan Poynor
  • Fernando Alfonso III
  • hugh garry
  • Mr.Jiff
  • Justin Henning
  • Jason Paul
  • Kaare
  • Kristen
  • Lea Verou
  • Lindsey Weber
  • Martine Syms
  • Mark ✌ Portillo
  • Natalie Downe
  • Neil S. Carty
  • Oliver Lindberg
  • tanyaclement
  • tulio tavanielli ⚫️⚪️🔴

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  • Alby Barber
  • Darren Gibbons
  • Nathan Heskew
  • Marie Domingo
  • Matt Lucht
  • Andre Passamani
  • Ryan Freebern
  • Shelley Cook

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Fri 8th March 2013


Longhorn, Omni Downtown

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