As a year's worth of news cycles, cultural phenomena, and creativity trundled through the internet in 2015, the GIF trundled with them. As the internet's visual language of choice (challenged only by the emoji), the GIF captured the most memorable human moments and emotions netizens and artists felt, from Star Wars hype to the cult of Donald Trump. Artists have been challenging the meaning of the word GIF through Instagram video and augmented reality books. Award-winning filmmakers have adopted them and John Travolta has been lost in them. And we saw the whole thing.
Below, we've laid out the most memorable moments and loopy loops we found throughout 2015.
+We launched our weekly franchise GIF Six-Pack, bringing you a taste our favorite artists, one theme at a time.
+GIF artists that went to New York Fashion Week.
+GIF artists experimenting with Instagram video.
+Kanye West got wrecked SEGA-style by Marvel and Capcom characters.
+The always-irreverent Peekasso celebrated the 4th of July.
+Photo GIF artist Sam Cannon perfectly captured the atmosphere of Art Basel Miami.
+George RedHawk proved you can be a captivating GIF artist and legally blind at the same time.
+Cannes-winning director Ely Dagher made some award-worthy GIFs about The Self-Help Dance.
+Okkult Motion Pictures made a series of GIFs that hide secret audio files.
What was your most-loved GIF this year? Let us know in the comments.