14 of the Best Animated GIF Portfolio Examples

A roundup of portfolio websites that flash and flicker.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good GIF? They’re quirky and undeniably addictive to use in text messages or PowerPoint presentations.

GIFs are dynamic memes that convey motion and details that still images may not effectively communicate. Most people are familiar with their fair share of cat GIFs, but there’s a whole world of edgy and eye-catching GIFs that are used on websites, advertisements, and social media designed by truly talented creatives. As most artists know, GIFS are more than silly animations of cats or some weirdo’s dance moves. There’s a world of elegant, edgy and eye-catching GIFs designed by some truly talented creatives.

If you’re a graphic or motion designer looking to inject yourself into the niche of GIF design but don’t know where to start, this article is for you. We’re highlighting some of the best GIF artists on the web who use Format as their website builder to highlight their best work.

Why You Need A Portfolio For Your Animated GIF Art

Want to get paid to make fun GIFs?

Having a killer online portfolio website is incredibly important. It separates you from a hobbyist and demonstrates your professionalism as a digital artist. A solid online portfolio has the potential to get your animated GIF art noticed by clients, gain you notoriety in your field, or even take your career to the next level.

Your online portfolio should speak for itself—Devoid of unnecessary bells and whistles yet beautifully designed and easy to navigate. Your portfolio should showcase your work in a way that’s clear, engaging, and visually captivating. Here at Format, we’ve seen some of the most well-designed and striking portfolios on the internet.

They’re slick, stylish, and leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Scroll through these 14 GIF portfolio examples to see how animators have made the most of their Format websites.

1. Alfred the Alien

Alfred the Alien aka Antonio Aiello combines Format’s minimalist Monocle theme with his own quirky animations to grab the viewer’s attention in a fun and playful way.

2. Zak Krevitt

Mixing GIFs with original photography, Zak Krevitt’s provocative and colourful work really pops in his Horizon-themed portfolio.

4. Stephen Foster Meyer

Stephen Foster Meyer uses Format’s Horizon Left theme to display a wide range of work, separating his design, photography, and artistic projects via the sidebar navigation.

5. Jacqueline Mak

Jacqueline Mak’s bold and creepily surreal GIF art has found a perfect home in her Horizon-themed Format portfolio. This minimalist theme allows her dramatic work to be featured front and center.

6. Drew Brockington

Drew Brockington uses Format’s Order theme to give his portfolio a similar look to the comic strips he illustrates. Blocked out and bold, his quirky animations really have a place to shine with this theme.

7. Amanda Di Genova

Amanda Di Genova’s 8 bit GIF art is cooler than cool. Using Format’s Peak theme, viewers can use the left sidebar to navigate through Amanda’s other (equally awesome) artwork.

8. Ricky Leung

Ricky Leung’s hand-drawn GIFs sit perfectly within his Order-themed Format portfolio.

9. Daniel Alanis

Space themes and super-babes dominate Daniel Alanis’ GIF art, showcased seamlessly using his Horizon-themed Format portfolio.

10. Miriam Zemel

Miriam Zemel’s Sierra-themed Format portfolio makes the viewer feel as though they can literally flip through the pages of her animated GIF comic books.

11. Hudson Christie

Canadian artist Hudson Christie creates whimsical illustrations and stop-motion animations using clay. He makes use of the caption option in Format’s Horizon theme to include useful background info about commissioned work without distracting from his portfolio.

12. Sara Wass

Featuring funky fresh club kids, Sara Wass’ GIFs find a perfect spot to dance in her Offset-themed Format portfolio.

13. Ignasi Monreal

London-based, Barcelona-born digital artist Ignasi Monreal uses the sleek Sierra theme to display his paintings, GIF art, and film in an organized and simple way.

14. Zoey Groman

Making animated art out of everyday ongoings, Zoey Groman’s GIFs are subtle yet eye-catching. Zoey uses Format’s Ora theme for her portfolio.

15. J. p. Lawrence

This journalist uses Format’s Ora Theme to display his multimedia work, including photography and this creative gif.

Want more portfolio layout inspiration? Check out our favorite portfolios by Format’s top illustrators, designers, and wedding photographers.

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