Tell stories with GIFs
GIF ME YOUR BEST is a privat non-profit initiative and was initiated by Robert Eysoldt, a Strategy Consultant & Creative Director from Berlin, Germany. Professionally he develops and realizes interdisciplinary communication formats for companies and agencies as well as for cultural institutions and creative networks. You can find more about his many international projects at ZEROOVERHEAD CONSULTING.
With a little help from some friends
GIF ME YOUR BEST is supported by publishers, agencies and universities. The past European Elections GIF competition was kindly supported by the European Union, DG COM and MARKENFILM, Hamburg.
A very big thanks goes to all the international jury members, who always look very closely at all submissions in order to be able to nominate the best. In the current #ZEROWALLS jury are:
Benito Cabañas Aguilera, Graphic Designer, Puebla, Mexico
Parisa Tashakori, Visual Artist & Graphic Designer, Boulder, United States
Lahav Halevy, Graphic Designer, Tel Aviv, Israel
Melinda Beck, Illustrator, Animation & Graphic Designer, New York, United States
Mariia Norazian, Art Director & Graphic Designer, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Tim O’Brien, Illustrator, New York, United States
Markus N. Beeko, Secretary General of the German section of Amnesty International, Berlin, Germany
Ronald Rael, Artist, Designer & Educator, Oakland, United States
Many thanks also to the publishers and institutions who donated the following inspiring books for the 5 winner boxes:
Borderwall as Architecture is an artistic and intellectual hand grenade of a book, and a timely re-examination of what the 650 miles of physical barrier that divides the United States of America from the United Mexican States is, and could be. The manifesto by Ronald Rael is both a protest against the wall and a projection about its future. Ronald Rael holds the Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Contributors are Teddy Cruz, Michael Dear, Norma Iglesias-Prieto, and Marcello di Cintio.
In the German Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, GRAFT Architects, together with German politician Marianne Birthler investigate the effects of the separation and the process of healing as dynamic, spatial phenomena. The accompanying publication focuses on outstanding urban design and architectural examples of the former inner German border that engage with the issues of separation and fusion. One focus is on the former Berlin Wall.
Where did the Berlin Wall actually stand? Why was it built? How did people keep managing to escape across it – and how many died in the attempt? Why did it come down in the end? Numerous previously unknown photographs document the construction of this barrier system of barbed wire, alarm fences and concrete. Author: Hans-Hermann Hertle, Translation: Timothy Jones and Katy Derbyshire. Published by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
The Berlin Wall – The beginning of the end
For years Armin Lindauer, professor of editorial design and typography at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, photographed the most interesting parts of the Berlin Wall from the former West Berlin. The montage of these photographs into panoramas created an unusual and unique document of contemporary history. Published by Edition Panorama.
Berlin Wonderland – Wild Years Revisited, 1990-1996
Shortly after the Wall came down, subcultures boomed in Berlin’s Mitte district. The compelling photography in this book brings an almost forgotten era back to life and shows just how much the city has changed since then. Curated by Anke Fesel and Chris Keller of bobsairport, a Berlin photo agency.
To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of UNESCO naming Berlin a ”City of Design,” the editors Robert Eysoldt and Raban Ruddigkeit have assembled 100 successful projects, products, and processes which currently connect Berlin with the world. From architecture to humanitarian design and open source projects, via fashion, product, and communication design. Published 2017 by Slanted Publishers.
Handmade Urbanism showcases 15 projects realized mostly in less favored areas of five major cities in emerging countries, examining the potential of urban transformation embedded in community initiatives. The book drafts a possible urban vision of the city impacted by those processes and organizes a discussion that promotes participatory initiatives while exploring their potential to impact on the city at large – to the benefit of all. Edited by Marcos L. Rosa and Ute E. Weiland with a foreword by Richard Sennett. Published by JOVIS.
The Moravia Manifesto presents alternative planning approaches put forward by an international think-and-do tank, developed alongside local participants from the Moravia informal settlement at the heart of the Colombian metropolis Medellín. The urban coding planning approach demonstrates new ways in which planning, politics, economy, and administration can initiate and implement innovative and inclusive urban transformation processes together with local communities. Published by JOVIS.
Total Armageddon is about design. And culture. And complexity, notably how we, as a global civilization, deal with science fiction, taste, social media, the cities we live in, aesthetics, PowerPoint, burkas, Big Tech, full-contact sports, and other thorny topics. A collection of both essays that are brand new to Slanted readers, as well as the very best essays from past issues of Slanted Magazine, written by the most vital and vibrant global voices in writing on design and culture today such as Steven Heller, Piotr Rypson, Gerry Leonidas, Yoon Soo Lee, Kiyonori Muroga, and a host of others.
ICOON eco is the first environmentally friendly picture dictionary for ecological globetrotters: 100% recyclable. Over 2000 symbols, pictograms and photos help in every situation with wordless communication. Cargo bicycle, mossikton net, diarrhoea? Just point a finger at the corresponding picture! Edited by Gosia Warrink and published by Amberpress in 2019.
The Berlin Wall GIF on the homepage is a work by Rasalo, a Designer from Málaga, Spain.
Is a wall an effective instrument for master global challenges?
Following you will find some links to articles that are certainly an interesting input for the current #ZEROWALLS competition:
The Walls in Our Heads
The idea that we can solve problems by building physical barriers is a persistent human fantasy. An article by New York Times.in the
Borderwall as Architecture
Ronald Rael’s “Teeter-Totter Wall” conceptualization from Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary became a reality. Read the article on the University of California Press Blog.
Building walls may have allowed civilization to flourish
Humans have built walls to keep others out, or in, for at least 12,000 years. Why is wall building coming back into fashion now? Read the interview with David Frye, author of the book “Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick” at
Walls Separating People
A look at how walls have been used to continue institutionalized oppression and elite-sanctioned “othering.” Read more at Toxipedia.