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Curation Weekly: Upbeat GIFs

Our design curator’s weekly pick of inspiring graphic design, re-created with Over.

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June 12, 2020

Okay, real talk.

Life is pretty tough right now. It feels like the sunshine is blocked out by thunder clouds most of the time, and we’ve almost forgotten what a carefree moment – nevermind an entire carefree day –actually feels like.  We’re experiencing something that is changing the way we live and interact with each other. Most of us are still isolated to some degree, figuring out how to work remotely or do something else entirely. It’s not exactly wonderful.  

Animated text GIFs by Matt Voyce

Thanks heavens for the ray of multicolored sunshine we came across on our curation voyage this week, in the form of Mat Voyce. Matt is a self dubbed ‘Non-award winning Designer’ who expresses himself through type work and motion. He tells it like it is, folks, and we’re here for that.

Animated text GIFs by Matt Voyce

Matt’s mega-positive typographic mantras, vitalized with subtle animation, reassure us that everything’s gonna be ok (repeat that to yourself, slowly).

They remind us to embrace positivity and practice gratitude, because that’s the secret to happiness, folks. Anybody’s who tried it out for a while will verify it. It’s just so darn difficult to keep doing it all the time… which is why these tiny lil’ positivity pep-talks are all the more necessary in our lives.

Animated text GIFs by Matt Voyce

Fuelled up with positive vibes and a ‘can-do’ spirit, Storme – Over’s Design Curator and newly elected president of the Matt Voyce fan club – tried making some motivational GIFs of her own, with Over. It’s actually pretty easy to do.

The trick is in making two or three subtle variations of a big, bold, beautiful design. Start with some oversized text for your slogan, and then add a couple of simple graphics, like circles, hearts, starbursts, banners, doodles, swirls, or any abstract shape.

Once you’ve created your hero image, you can use the multi-canvas function in Over to duplicate this template, and make some subtle changes to the text, like changing its position, size, or color. You can even write out words by adding one new letter to each duplicate canvas.

The same thing applies to your graphics – just some very minor shifts in position, scale, or color, will bring them to life. Less is more, most of the time.

If you’re using the multi-canvas function, then you’ll be able to save out all of your frames at the same time when you export your project. Once you have these as separate image files in your Photos folder, you can easily upload them to an online GIF maker.

TIP: Make your GIFs on a transparent canvas, and export them as PNG files to create animated stickers that you can easily add on top of any design.

If you like any of the upbeat GIFs that Storme made with Over, and want to use them in your own creations, you can find them here.  

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