October 29, 2013
We all have moments where a project stagnates, we get “writer’s block” (or at least the equivalent of that for front-end developers), and we need a “win” to keep the motivation rolling. For me, that’s building little apps for myself. Let me tell you about “Gificiency,” my outlet that helped reinvigorate my motivation on a project I was working on.
As an afficiando of GIFs, which are rapidly becoming my primary form of internet communication, I wanted an easier way to curate GIFs that I like, and then easily grab them whenever that moment strikes; beit from email, Twitter, IM, or Campfire. With that, I became more GIF-efficient with Gificiency. See what I did there? So clever, I know.
Gificiency is a tiny application that runs on my server, listing out all the GIFs (and occasional image) in a specified directory.
The current, styled version of Gificiency.
Instead of justing listing out the filenames, I chose to style and add some conventions to those filenames for better searching, a primary component of quickly finding the right GIF.
The convention is
Live search in Gificiency for “sad” GIFs.
Searching Through Alfred
I didn’t want to always have to visit the site and search, which slowed down my GIF-finding efficiency, so I built a simple URL structure to filter down the GIFs, which I added as a custom search to Alfred.
Search in Gificiency for “sad” GIFs through Alfred custom search.
When you hover over a link, you get a popup preview pinned to the top right of the viewport, which helps to quickly scan and find the appropriate GIF.
Quick look when hovering over a GIF.
I also wanted an easier way to upload new GIFs when I discover them. In order
to do this, I set up a Hazel script,
which will take
.gif files that are dropped in a specific directory, upload
them to my server automatically, show a notification, and then trash the file.
Hazel script for quickly uploading a GIF to an FTP server.
So that’s it. I built Gificiency out of a personal need to take a break from a project, and it provides a useful, albeit dumb, service to myself. If you want to set up your own version, check out the GitHub repo; or, you can check out mine on gificiency.com.