Tabletop Whale Celebrates Science Through Awesome Infographics

If you're into scientific data and cool infographics, charts, and illustrations, you will dig Tabletop Whale. Created by Eleanor Lutz, a Seattle-based designer with a bachelor's degree in molecular biology, the blog features Lutz's delightfully nerdy science-themed visualizations. And even if you're scientifically-challenged, the graphics are just really cool to look at.

Even cooler than just sharing her visualizations, Lutz also provides tutorials on how she makes her graphics. Smart, creative, and generous – my kind of lady! 

Ever wonder how a grasshopper breathes? Well now you know.

Ever wonder how a grasshopper breathes? Well now you know.

Lutz started the blog last year, when she graduated from the University of Washington, where she studied molecular biology. She also had a strong interest in design, and began to draw in her free time (her college would not allow her to double major in design and biology, unfortunately!). Tabletop Whale was a perfect place to combine her two passions. She explained to me, "I wanted to take a year off before grad school, and making science infographics seemed like the perfect project. There are so many awesome and complicated topics in biology, and I wanted to use pictures to explain them in a way that anyone could understand."

A lepidopterist's delight

A lepidopterist's delight

You might think that what you learn as a scientist is vastly different from what you need to know as an artist, but Lutz disagrees. At least for her work. "I have to do a lot of research for my infographics, and majoring in science also helped me learn how to represent data better. It’s very easy to make misleading graphs and charts, and my professors helped me learn to avoid some of the most common mistakes," she says.

A beautiful chart of biolumescent creatures

A beautiful chart of biolumescent creatures

Lutz is currently working on several science infographic projects planned with some researchers and companies, but she also hopes to put out a new infographic on Tabletop Whale in the near future.

Lutz imagines what Earth's control panel might look like if it was a spaceship piloted by humans.

Lutz imagines what Earth's control panel might look like if it was a spaceship piloted by humans.

In the meantime, if you like her illustrations, you can buy them as posters, cards, and more at her Artsider shop.