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Selfies with Darwin

If you’re organizing a Darwin Day event for February 12th (his birthday), you need a life-size Darwin so partiers can pose for photographs. Contact me and I’ll send you the file … all you have to do is print him, glue him to a thick board, and cut around the image. Ideally, you just tell somebody else to do all of that. When he’s ready, just stand him up in a central location at your event. If you can get somebody with a camera to snap pics, all the better. If not, direct people to take selfies with their phones. For details, see my Portable Charles Darwin page.

Colin Purrington Photography: Charles Darwin cut-out &emdash; Charlie's angelsIf you go to trouble of making a life-size Darwin, you should also go to the trouble of having Charles Darwin Has A Posse stickers as party favors.

If you’re posting party photographs to Twitter and would like me to see them, use #darwinposse as hashtag, or include @colinpurrington. Have fun!

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Fabric conference posters

I was invited to talk about poster design in Berkeley (DOE NNSA SSGF) and DC (DOE CSGF) this past summer, and used the opportunity to test out fabric as a medium for large-format conference posters. Below are some photographs if you’re curious how logos, illustrations, and photographs look when viewed close up on fabric. By the way, I ordered the posters from PhD Posters (they mailed to my house in a tube, inside a box). And if you’re interested, my poster design tips are here (rather long-winded because I’ve maintained page since 1997).


The rolled up poster above is also fabric. I didn’t have the nerve to fold it into luggage-sized square, but I’ve heard that it can be done … though crease lines an issue. Might be able to iron them out, I’ve also read.


The photograph above isn’t as crisp as a glossy poster, but was totally fine for my purposes. If it really mattered, I’d just print a copy on my photo printer at 1200 dpi (or whatever) and then use double sided tape to attach. Even paper posters have fairly low photo quality, so attaching a high-resolution version is always an option when you need it.


Yes, you can see the fabric if you get close enough. People standing 6 feet away wouldn’t notice and probably wouldn’t care if you told them.





This logo is actually from the poster that is rolled up. It’s at http://colinpurrington.com/2012/example-of-bad-scientific-poster/ if you want to see the whole poster (you can download and print for your class, if you’d like; yeah, students would just love that).

fabric-poster-edge-detailThis photograph shows how the edges can get a little frayed. Holes from pushpins are also visible. Much less annoying than the rips and gaping holes that paper gets.

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Colin Purrington unmasked as just a cat

Just in case you’re curious what I look like, below is the image provided by SarahW on a blog post labeled, “David P. Metzger: Crusader for Justice, or Humorless Legal Thug?” For the record, though, I have blue eyes. But my eyes are just as buggy.

Photograph of Colin Purrington

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