The Morning GIF: The coolest bike assembly ever

Australian graphic designer Michael Sungali might not own a bike, but that doesn't mean he can't assemble one from scratch in GIF form. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Feb 3, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 9:54 pm CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we have an unofficial tradition of sharing GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you into the circle. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

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You never forget how to ride a bike, but creating one using a GIF animation is a little bit more difficult.

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Just ask Australian graphic designer Michael Sungalia, who created a crisp animation showing a bicycle being built from thin air. The animation is part of a larger film he and his college friend Joshua Boaz plan on releasing later this year. It’s about the history of the bicycle.

“It was Josh’s idea. I guess because all the people in our group ride fixie [fixed gear] bikes and shit,” said Sungalia, 24, who actually doesn’t own a bike. “It’s a small part of a 10-second scene that I spent most of my day on. I tend to obsess over details, so most of that time was spent adjusting velocity curves in After Effects by very tiny increments.”

Sungalia’s attention to detail has paid off. Artist Kuwashima Yuri posted Sungalia’s image to Tumblr Wednesday, where it has since collected more than 1,000 notes. Sungalia also posted it to Dribbble, a social network for designers, gathering an additional 500 likes and more than 20 tweets.

“I’ve never seen a stranger tweet my name before. … One guy even emailed me and told me I was an inspiration to him. That floored me. There’s definitely something magical about the GIF format.”

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*First Published: Feb 3, 2012, 11:27 am CST