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    Gif's in webdesign

    I'm interested in creating a website with a large GIF on one side. I was wondering if people knew of websites that cleverly incorporate gifs - and if it would slow things down a lot?

    Also is this following website a gif (of the dogs walking behind)

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    That's not a GIF. It's a Flash animation. And you don't want any part of that. That site is an absolute mess from a code point of view (Dr*amw*av*r run amok) and Flash is beginning its long-overdue downward slide.
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    Okay. What about incorporating a gif animation?

    Here's maybe a better example - though mine might be a little more complex:

    http://www.denisechandler.com/index.html

    Or maybe this? http://spritely.net/
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    I personally wouldn't. Here's why...the first time, it's cute. The second time, it's "inh, okay". The third time, it gets a little old. The fourth time, it gets irritating.

    It won't slow things down much...animated gifs are generally pretty small. They're only 256 colors, so unless you have a massive GIF there's only so large it can be. But that's not your biggest issue.
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    Okay, thanks. I'll reconsider.

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    I agree with Game, with one small exception; on a site for kids - lots of bright colours and some movement could very well work there without becoming boring or frustrating

    But for a site aimed at adults, not so much after the first few times.
    Don't forget - we (designers/developers) can be fascinated by stuff like this because we know (or want to know) how it's done and we get off on that. But the average user couldn't care less - they just want to get to whatever they came to the site for as fast as possible.
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    Yeah, that's true...the more stuff moves and talks and makes weird sounds, the more small children in particular are drawn to it.

    And that's why I had to set up a playlist of Leap Frog full-length cartoons on YouTube for my daughter.
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    So here's roughly (very roughly!) what I had in mind.

    Lemmings running and jumping off a cliff - repeating. They are in red.

    Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 1.39.08 PM.jpg
    If it were to be GIFS I thought a couple together something like this (the boxes).
    Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 1.43.28 PM.jpg

    And, it's actually not for children - it's fairly serious subject but I like to undercut things with a bit of humour. I did think, that as you scroll down the lemmings continue to drop on the left hand side - or perhaps just use this for the welcome/ home page and then go to something a little more normal when clicking another page.

    What do you think?
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    I think that would annoy me because the lemmings would mix with the elements of the page that I'm trying to read and interact with (namely the menu).

    I'd leave a site that did that, and I've got a pretty warped sense of humour.
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    I kinda feel like this would be a good use case for parallax background. Instead of animating the lemmings, use a parallax background to make them "fall" as you scroll down the page.
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