Abstract Animated GIF Illustrations of Inspirational Quotes


In need of some creative inspiration? Rafaël Rozendaal’s series Happy Mondays, which he created for the UK-based Abandon Normal Devices (AND) festival, reinterprets famous quotes from cultural icons like Pablo Picasso, Bruce Lee, and Walt Disney, as crazy abstract GIFs. As the noted net artist recently explained to Co.Design, the continuous motion of the work is meant to create good energy. “I always try to [generate a feeling of] focus and concentration,” he says. “The kind of focus you have when you are kind of bored because you are not directly stimulated and for that reason you have to occupy your own mind.” Click through to check out the images, and see if his magic works on you!

Gradient Circle: “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Shapes Slow Colors: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Circle Circle: “In the view of Infinity, any defined long-term is short-term.” – from God Emperor of Dune, Frank Herbert. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Pattern Divisions: “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Circles In Motion: “One great cause of failure is lack of concentration.” – Bruce Lee. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Perspective Blue: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Dumb Road: “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Growing: “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” – Albert Einstein. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Faster and Faster: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal

Flashing Room: “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” – Anais Nin. Image credit: Rafaël Rozendaal