Feedback on Loops

This week we were privileged to receive critiques on our Animated Looping GIF projects from the great Rachel Binx and Marius Watz


aliot

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output_ztvaj4

Marius Watz: Overly complex code for the effect produced, although the math research is commendable. The visual result falls short of the intended “organic” teardrop effect, however.

Rachel Binx: Animation is a bit chunky, and the curve forms seem underdeveloped.


antar

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okaybabe

Marius Watz: Kudos for weirdness and use of type, but the graphic-to-canvas ratio seems off. Next time, use arrays.

Rachel Binx: Borrows heavily from animatedtextgifs.com, but is a nicely looping animation with fluid movements.


arialy

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Marius Watz: Graphically pleasing and fits the canon of animated GIFs well. The use of a Line class is promising, but usefulness is defeated by the monster manual initialization.

Rachel Binx: A very smooth and engaging animation, with a simple and clean implementation.


cambu

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Marius Watz: Good use of trig functions as a timing logic. Mapping more visual parameters to time would have given a more exciting result.

Rachel Binx: The animation in this GIF is fairly basic. In addition, the visual changes of the colors are very quick, creating a flashing effect for the viewer that is hard to watch for a long period.


catlu

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Marius Watz: Intriguing visual concept, though not quite maximized for effect. Also: So many variables!

Rachel Binx: I like the origami inspiration for this gif, but the final product was not as engaging as I had hoped.


claker

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Marius Watz: Not viewable.

Rachel Binx: An ambitious animation, and one that captures the viewer’s eye for several loops to fully understand the form. Overall a great piece, but could have done without the heavyhanded writeup.


drewch

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drewch-loop-0000

Marius Watz: Lovely weirdness! Happy accidents are valid, but more visual parameters (color?) would have made it even better.

Rachel Binx: Gorgeous work, it blends the 2D and 3D spaces in a smooth loop. The author wrote that this idea was a bit of a mistake, but I thought it was one of the strongest pieces in terms of mesmerizing animation.


hizlik

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bw

Marius Watz: Classic Op Art-like animation; also relates to Cantor fractals. Animating color would have been a logical extension.

Rachel Binx: Feels fairly formulaic for a geometeric gif, but it is a robust implementation of the idea.


jaqaur

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Jaqaur - Loop

Marius Watz: Excellent idea and execution, especially the possibility of alternate versions. Scaling the grid could be an additional option.

Rachel Binx: Strong visuals, graceful transitions, and a mesmerizing animation.


kadoin

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Marius Watz: Pleasing visuals (nice gradient!), promising code. OOP is a good start, but use of arrays needs work. Setting up a complex scene makes sense, but probably less visually effective than focusing on the graphic effect itself.

Rachel Binx: Technically ambitious but falls a bit short in the final execution. The atmospheric effects that this person was aiming for are very difficult to achieve with p5/processing; it feels like they over-compensated by adding additional items (rocks and bubbles)


kander

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Marius Watz: Faces and eyes are an excellent choice, and the timing of the animation is amusing. Still, a tad simplistic.

Rachel Binx: The animated faces are a a playful idea, there’s a lot of potential here and it would have been nice to see the idea pushed further.


keali

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seastarsgif

Marius Watz: Nice sine waves and sine-based animation.

Rachel Binx: The visual elements are disjointed, and the overall story of the gif is unclear.


kelc

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my_ezvid_video

Marius Watz: Fulfills the assignment, but could be extended in dozens of ways.

Rachel Binx: The animation in this gif does not tell a cohesive story, and the visual treatment looks right out of the box. The author noted a steep learning curve on the technology; very well, but the final animation seems like it was not iterated on very much.


krawleb

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Marius Watz: Moire is always great, but blaming GIF compression is a cop-out.

Rachel Binx: The animations here are off to a strong start, I appreciated the list of constraints on making the gif. Very strong implementation of the “infinite disappearing geometry” genre of gifs.


lumar

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lumar-loop2

Marius Watz: Lovely visuals, well executed. Classic composition perfectly placed in the canon of GIFs.

Rachel Binx: Love the colors and the sinuous motion, everything is very smooth and playful.


ngdon

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trippytorus

Marius Watz: Yes. A surprisingly simple geometric principle slash spatial gesture, used to great effect.

Rachel Binx: A great technical implementation of the idea. I would have liked to see more exploration on the visual treatment of the elements, perhaps adding some gradients or lighting effects.


tigop

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Marius Watz: Promising concept, but the result is too chaotic. Varying color would have made the form “read” better, and also optimize for alpha fade issues.

Rachel Binx: The animation does not take advantage of the short looping nature of the gif, it feels like this drags on with no payoff for the length of the animation.


xastol

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xastol-loudduck-gif

Marius Watz: Simplicity and weirdness win the day. The mouth is excellent, the moire is a plus.

Rachel Binx: A playful idea, and a visually engaging color pallete. The flat visual treatment of the mouth and eyes clashes a bit with the detailed (3D?) effect on the lips.


zarard

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Marius Watz: Nice concept, cleanly executed. The abundance of the black pie wedge detracts, as it covers up details most of the time.

Rachel Binx: The set of elements in this gif work well together as a set, and the animation loops smoothly. The design overall is visually striking without being overwhelming.