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PhyloPic - free silhouettes of life forms

Organized by Mike Keesey
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

PhyloPic shirts! They're back! IN BLACK!

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All funds raised will go to Mike Keesey, the organizer for PhyloPic web hosting and development.
$160 raised
21 items sold of
50 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt, Unisex - Black
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
Unisex - Black
Organized by Mike Keesey

About this campaign

PhyloPic is an online repository of freely reusable silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms. To date, it has amassed over 2100 images, all available under Creative Commons licenses. Help keep it going and support future development!

PhyloPic was created by me, Mike Keesey, to fulfill one purpose: to provide the world with free silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms, all available under Creative Commons licenses. Launched in 2011, it has steadily amassed contributions from dozens of artists. Currently it has over 2100 images.

In addition to the illustrations, PhyloPic stores a massive phylogenetic taxonomy of organisms. When searching for a silhouette, if the exact species isn't found, illustrations of close relatives will still appear. This makes PhyloPic an educational resource, since the taxonomy can be browsed and used to generate diagrams of evolutionary lineages.

PhyloPic has proven useful to everyone from casual websurfers to educators to serious researchers. Silhouettes from PhyloPic have shown up in classrooms, scientific papers, and conferences. And, since PhyloPic provides a free programmatic interface, it has been used to augment other projects.

All work on PhyloPic is through volunteers: artists choose to donate their work to the community, and I do the web development and administration. PhyloPic already had a successful Booster campaign last year to fund web hosting, but those funds will run out before the end of next year. As well, I'm not in a good position to do development for free.

I am offering a T-shirt showing the evolution of humans from the earliest bilaterian animals ("worms"). This design, using silhouettes from PhyloPic, depicts the origins of vertebrates, tetrapods, mammals, primates, and finally us: Homo sapiens sapiens.

If just 50 of you buy a T-shirt, you will collectively fund PhyloPic's web hosting costs for an additional year, as well as funding future development for new features. You will be supporting students, teachers, and researchers — that's something to be proud of. (Or, just do it because it's a pretty cool T-shirt.)


T. Michael Keesey
Web Developer

P.S. Follow @phylopic on Twitter for updates!



Anonymous 2 items

Sometimes I browse the tree of life on phylopic.

Jenni Hart 1 item

Love silhouettes

Susan Kelley 1 item
Nick Garland 1 item + $5

PhyloPic is the bomb. Let's keep it going!

A. D. Fitzgerald 2 items + $10

Great way to support scientific art!

Madhusudan Katti 1 item
Sim 1 item + $10
Neil Kelley 2 items

Black suits me better than teal anyway.

Gabriel Santos 1 item + $10

This is amazing resource for scientists, designers, students, etc. I use it all the time!

David 1 item + $5

A service that greatly improves the ability of all sorts of folks to design clear communications, and create cool work in general.


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