The Genius Way to Celebrate Your Birthday on the Internet

This artist created the most touching, relatable way to commemorate a birthday.

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Last February, 24-year-old graphic designer Julie Winegard had an epiphany. "I decided to try giving my illustrations motion," she says. "After learning how to do that, it's difficult to make something still." And so she began to shift her work towards dynamic, shimmering, mesmerizing animation.

"It made me think about everything I've done so far in life, and how much more there is left to conquer." —Julie Winegard

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As Winegard explored the world of GIF-making, bringing her bold, colorful designs to life, she came up with an idea to take them beyond surface-level motion graphics and incorporate a deeper layer of storytelling. "I was having major feelings about turning 25, so I started making GIFs as a way to cope with it," says Winegard. "I wanted to record my most important memories to look back on another 25 years from now. It made me think about everything I've done so far in life, and how much more there is left to conquer."

Winegard posts her GIFs to Instagram with the hashtag #25Milestones. See some of our favorites below, and then go check out the rest of Winegard's series (and wish her a happy birthday!) on Instagram @imstilljulie.

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Check out more of Winegard's work at juliewinegard.com.

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