Patrick Sluiter – “GIFs have opened up a door of expression Subtitle”

October, 2018
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Creative Chair talks GIFs with Patrick Sluiter

This week Creative Chair is in New York with designer and all-around creative Patrick Sluiter.

Patrick is a graphic designer, but in reality, his creative cannon straddles the disciplines of 3D modelling, illustration, and animation.

You can see a lot more from Patrick Sluiter on his portfilio and The-Artery.


Pride Month Illustrations by Patrick Sluiter
Pride Month Illustrations by Patrick Sluiter

Your portfolio features graphic design, 3D modelling, 2D animation and 3D animation. So, when someone asks, ‘what do you do?’ what is your response?

When someone asks what I do, I usually say I’m a Graphic Designer that has a focus in 3D Design. I try my best to keep my skill toolbelt flexible, but at the end of the day, I open up Cinema4d.

Bottled Up by Patrick Sluiter
Bottled Up by Patrick Sluiter

In your GIPHY project, you blended something old (the gif format) with modern virtual reality. Tell us more about this project.

The GIPHY project was a bit of a dream for me! They asked me to be involved in a gallery show called Time_Frame. The premise of it was to showcase how the GIF has aged through time and how it has grown with the internet.

GIPHY Commission

GIPHY Commission

What are your thoughts on the gif format and its resurgence?

The format of GIF has such a soft spot in my heart haha. A part of me wishes it was viewed as a language, so I could start saying that I’m bilingual. The resurgence of it is pretty incredible. GIFs in an odd way have grown up with the generations, but I believe will it always be around due to its surfacing during the beginning of the digital age.

Maneki-Neko by Patrick Sluiter
Maneki-Neko by Patrick Sluiter

I also feel GIFs have opened up a door of expression. Sometimes texts or emojis can’t sum up everything you’re feeling, but fortunately, pictures are a worth a thousand words ???? (I might be saying that wrong, but it sounds cool, right?)

Having spent the last six months working for The-Artery, what have been the challenges and benefits of this new position?

Well since I have taken so long to answer these questions, I’ve been at The-Artery for close to 10 months now. The challenges primarily depend on the projects I get put on. Fortunately, the benefits root from challenges. With each problem, there is a solution and a lesson to be learned. The largest benefit from working at The-Artery is making my skillset even more versatile, but there is always something new to be learned.

Out of Tune Animations

And finally, if you died and got reincarnated as a song what would that song be?

Now this question is waaaay more up my alley. If I were to die and be reincarnated as a song, it would definitely be Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf. I owe so many soccer game victories to that song. My dad would always play that song on the way to the game as my hype up song.

Magic Carpet Ride "
Magic Carpet Ride (1968)
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What began as a fun question to end an interview, has now become a wonderfully eclectic collaborative playlist by 161 people (and counting).
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