Tabletop Whale is an original science illustration blog.

Made with love by a designer with a molecular biology degree. New charts, infographics, or illustrations published every two to three weeks.

What you need to build your own computer


I've been really busy this month working with some awesome science writers! Because of that I haven't had much time for GIFs, but I did manage to fit in a non-moving infographic for this month's post.

This month I also replaced my 5-year old Mac with a custom PC, so I decided to make something with a computer theme. There's already tons of tutorials on the internet about building computers, so this poster's more of an illustrated list than an actual set of instructions.

It was really fun putting the computer together, and my new PC is awesome. I have dual monitors now, and I can finally run all of my design programs at the same time at max speed :)

But it was harder than I thought to set up a computer - kind of like Ikea furniture on extra hard mode. My boyfriend helped me out a lot, but it still took 5 hours because we forgot the motherboard spacers the first time around.

Anyway, thanks for putting up with the slow updates to this blog. This month has been really hectic and I'm looking forward to having the time to animate again. I do have something already in the works, so stay tuned for a science packed GIF for my next post.

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Tabletop Whale's guide to making GIFs


Recently I've been getting a lot of emails asking for a tutorial on how to make animations. So this week I put together a quick explanation for anyone who's interested. I archived it as a link on the menu bar of my website, so it'll always be easy to find if you need it.

This is just a run-through of my own personal animation workflow, so it's not a definitive guide or anything. There are plenty of other ways to make animations in Photoshop and other programs.

I've never tried making a tutorial about my own work before, so sorry in advance if it's confusing! Let me know if there's anything I wrote that didn't make any sense. I'll try to fix it if I can (though I probably don't have room to go into detail about every single Photoshop function I mention).

Tabletop Whale's guide to making GIFs

An animated guide to breathing


As promised, this month's infographic is packed with actual science. I decided to illustrate how different animals breathe, and I picked three species that I thought were particularly awesome. The topic really lends itself to a short looped GIF so that was an added plus.

In other news, I'm getting my new computer this week! It's going to be awesome working on something that can have more than one heavy-duty application running at once. And to make things even better, it's almost Halloween. Have an awesome weekend guys :)

An animated guide to breathing