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
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."