Nervous System works at the intersection of science, art, and technology. We combine generative computer simulations with digital fabrication to create jewelry and art inspired by natural forms and processes…visit shop
To me, scientific art in the market place is a really important type of science communication. Not only is it so exciting for scientists to be able to own beautiful things related to their work, but it also inspires and teaches others. Etsy is full of beautiful, quirky, nerdy art and products (including madweevil of course, the nerdiest of them all), so I'm going to share my favourites with you gradually.
PhyloPic,org. I LOVE THIS SITE! Have you ever wanted to do something funky with lots of animal shapes? (well yeah, okay, I do). An amazing person has created this directory - by scientific / common names - of free silhouettes under creative commons licences.
This week I made a draft logo with them, so that I could quickly test an idea I'd had. You could also create infographics really easily with these shapes; or add them to your graphs to help distinguish data series (e.g. frequency of moths vs butterflies, or to represents Birds and Mammals -- see example).
So far, the collection is at about 2000 and growing, and it's got a really nice range of plants and animals to get you going. Thank you so much, PhyloPic.
I am a scientific illustrator in Brisbane, Australia.
Two of my favourite things! Have a look at DESCIENCE, where "designers and scientists collaborate to create a runway look, inspired by science". The contest is organised into teams of 2 - a scientist and designer, and they've come up with some pretty cool looks! (we'll assume this is due mostly to the designers; science isn't usually associated with fashion sense, and conference t-shirts just lack a little flair).
Science and nature illustration, from a garden studio.
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