About Tabletop Whale

The Author

Hi! My name's Eleanor Lutz and I write this blog. I'm a PhD student at the University of Washington studying biology. I work in Jeff Riffell's research lab studying how mosquitos learn and remember new experiences. I spend my free time cooking, reading, playing computer games, and dabbling in Python. Someday I want to learn woodworking, build my own mini greenhouse, and visit Iceland. You can find my CV here if you're interested in my work information.

How I Make Infographics

I make most of my infographics and charts in Photoshop and Illustrator. Here's a tutorial I made about making animated infographics. I try to be really transparent about my sources, and most of the infographics are based on reputable scientific sources like textbooks and peer-reviewed research papers. The website is a responsive Jekyll theme built from scratch and hosted on Github Pages.


Want to tell me about an awesome research study? Collaborate on an infographic? Ask me a question or leave a comment? Get in touch at tabletopwhale@outlook.com.



NACIS 2016 - Atlas of design Volume III

Houghton Mifflin Publishing 2015 - The best american infographics 2015

NACIS 2014 - Atlas of design Volume II


Courrier International 2016 - Des virus à la carte

National Geographic 2015 - National Geographic Magazine March Issue

Courrier International 2015 - Et si la Terre était une navette spatiale?

Courrier International 2015 - Neuf mois pour devenir un être humain

Golden Section Graphics 2014 - In Graphics magazine Vol 8


National Geographic

December 2016 - The Best Maps of 2016


April 2016 - Entrancing Animated Trading cards reveal the surprising beauty of viruses

December 2014 - Our favorite maps of the year cover everything from bayous to bullet trains

February 2014 - Interactive post-apocalyptic map turns your town into a space colony

The Washington Post

December 2014 - How to build a human, in 30 seconds

February 2014 - New York imagined as a starbase


April 2016 - These virus trading cards should be a real game

February 2016 - What mars would look like mapped by medieval cartographers

December 2014 - How a Zygote Becomes a Baby In One Incredible Animation

October 2014 - Eleanor Lutz's Animated Guide to Breathing

October 2014 - The Hidden Patterns Created by Animals in Flight

September 2014 - View Our World Through the Eyes of a Stormtrooper

September 2014 - This Animated Field Guide to North American Butterflies is Mesmerizing

Fast Company

April 2016 - A Master of Science Visualization Animates Deadly Viruses

December 2015 - feast your eyes on the most beautiful data visualizations of 2015

December 2014 - The 18 best infographics of 2014

October 2014 - How 5 different creatures flap their wings

VICE Creators Project

April 2016 - Now you can chart a medieval map of Mars

December 2014 - Best of 2014: The year in GIFs

September 2014 - Glorious Biology GIFs to Visualize the secrets to animal flight


2016 - NSF "Vizzies" Science Visualization Competition shortlist (Illustration & Posters categories)

2015 - NSF "Vizzies" Science Visualization Competition invited judge

2015 - Gold Medal, Kantar "Information is Beautiful" Awards, Mini / Mobile Visualization Division

2015 - Invited speaker, Malofiej World Infographics Conference. Pamplona, Spain

2015 - Silver Medal, Malofiej World Infographics Competition

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