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More Darwin

Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:52 am •

Update: 2pm CST: I've rewritten most of the post to reflect the current status.

So, I made some Darwin artwork that parodies the famous Shepard Fairey Obama poster. People started to find out, perhaps mostly due to a post on Pharyngula. I had planned on selling the artwork on t-shirts and posters, and after a hasty setup, I now do indeed have a Zazzle storefront where you can purchase these fine Darwin wares. Things to know about the merchandise:

Anyway, here are the designs:

PS: Yes, that long quote is not a Darwin quote but a Darrow quote. Oh well, I think it is a great quote.

Note: The commenters below are asking about the storefront, not because they are illiterate, but because the comments were left before the storefront was open, and I have updated the post since then.


  1. Please let me know when your store is set up. VERY cool!

    Sean • Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:56 am
  2. Yes, let us know! I think we need one for our lab.

    Michele • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:02 am
  3. Fantastic - we need one for our lab too! And one for the house :)

    Niles Donegan • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:05 am
  4. These are great! Really love the slogan on the first one.

    Jenny Reiswig • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:08 am
  5. I’d love a couple of the ‘Change over time’ t-shirts if that’s the version you decide to go with. Unfortunately I’m in the UK, but if the postage isn’t too prohibitive…

    Peter Flint • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:11 am
  6. What about “CHANGE that is well supported"?

    Of the existing ones, I like the first one.

    Aaron • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:19 am
  7. Hey,
    I love these, and want one. If you want someone in the US to sell/exchange/ship/whatever yell.

    FarMcKon • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:20 am
  8. Fantastic–let me know when shirts are available.

    Ted Major • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:22 am
  9. I’d buy the first one. Probably not the others.

    m • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:23 am
  10. i want the “Change Over Time” one !! please keep me updated as to when this would be available :) great work!

    julie • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:31 am
  11. I vote for “Evolve"!

    Colin • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:45 am
  12. Great posters! It is good that you mentioned about the last quote! It definitely IS a great quote and fits to a Darwin poster. cheers

    Ali • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:47 am
  13. I would like to be notified when these are available…

    Kathy W • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:48 am
  14. Awesome. Definitely like #1 best…

    Bradley Horowitz • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:51 am
  15. I would like to be notified, as well. Are there any plans for stickers, as well? I think one would look fantastic on the back of my laptop.

    Sean C • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:54 am
  16. I’d buy a shirt of #1 if it was available internationally, and preferably sweatshop-free too.

    Category 7 • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:57 am
  17. #1 :) Very cool

    damian • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:59 am
  18. I’ll buy one. :D

    Kobra • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:01 am
  19. Keep me updated please!

    Megan W • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:03 am
  20. So funny. So true. So needed. Thank you for doing this and good luck with the defense. I just defended a year ago so it is still fresh in my mind. Oh, and I would love to get a couple of these when they are ready.

    Alma • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:05 am
  21. I think a simple “Change” is effective enough and links with orig. Fairey poster. Thought the evolve is really good, too. The wordier ones, I’m not so keen on. Overall, good job.

    Aandnota • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:06 am
  22. I would buy one now - they’d make great alt profile pics for Facebook, etc. May we?

    Anthony Talo • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:06 am
  23. The “evolve” one is great. Do Want.

    Anonymous • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:06 am
  24. A “must have” for my Biology classroom!

    Tony • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:10 am
  25. I think “Evolve” is the weakest, since smacks of the misunderstanding of evolution as an intentional directed process.

    The others are all great.

    dsmccoy • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:13 am
  26. Just wondering, why all the Darwin graphics always use the picture of Old Man Darwin, and not the more dashing photos/portraits from earlier in his life?

    Pete • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:16 am
  27. I would love to be notified when the store is up!

    Carole • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:23 am
  28. please let me know when the shop is up!

    travis • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:26 am
  29. I want one!

    BuzzT • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:26 am
  30. I must have the first poster! It is great,great,great.

    Jason • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:27 am
  31. Must have one! Put me on the list

    Cece • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:31 am
  32. Nice juicy .pdf or .eps downloadable files would be nice too!

    trimtab • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:32 am
  33. Does this come in bumper sticker form?

    Dmitry • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:32 am
  34. I love the images. Please let me know when your store is up and going.

    eugenejohn • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:32 am
  35. these are awesome! i would definitely buy one of the first two!

    Bekkah • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:37 am
  36. @Pete: I’m guessing he’s using the Old Man Darwin pictures because they’re the most well-known & recognizable images of him.

    I’d definitely buy one of these shirts! Hurry up with the store! :)

    Daniel • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:03 pm
  37. Let me know when these are available–I love the “Very Gradual Change We Can Believe In” version.

    Rob H. • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:21 pm
  38. how about this one:

    for wings

    travis • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:25 pm
  39. Change over time is brilliant

    Anonymous • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:38 pm
  40. Think you could make some stickers? Maybe even a sticker set!

    deep • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:40 pm
  41. Also, I like the quote on the first one, but I’m a little wary of the word “believe” in there. Makes in almost sound like you would have to take evolution on faith.

    deep • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:41 pm
  42. “CHANGE is never spare”

    ew • Friday, February 20, 2009, 12:58 pm
  43. awesome original content, fucking creative

    areoneoh • Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:03 pm
  44. i love the first one.

    Morgan • Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:30 pm
  45. My buddy is a graphic artist and made a similar one for Darwin Day, linky: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3474/3276887278_40f60380d8.jpg

    His name is Clare, he can be found here: http://clutchart.com

    Andrew • Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:38 pm
  46. Ordered. Thanks!

    Anthony Talo • Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:45 pm
  47. Fabulous. I like the “gradual change we can believe in” - very witty

    Spiro • Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:46 pm
  48. Any plans for placing these on ballcaps? I’d buy a ballcap.

    Larry • Friday, February 20, 2009, 1:57 pm
  49. I would love if I could get some of these as stickers!

    Knarph • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:05 pm
  50. Fantastic concept. I would urge you not to use a quote by someone other than Darwin unless it’s properly attributed (same font size, color, etc. right after the quote).

    Adnan • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:05 pm
  51. Hi, I saw your site posted on the Darwin facebook group page: http://tinyurl.com/ch3lkr

    The posters are great! Another idea is to quote one of the most beautiful lines from Origin of Species:

    “There is a grandeur in this view of life…”

    with the big EVOLVE at bottom.

    A nice tribute to Darwin’s great book in its sesquicentennial year. And a very positive, uplifting message.

    Keep up the good work!

    Chris • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:06 pm
  52. This poster idea, like evolution itself, is independent of the creator. I also made a poster like this for our school’s biology club. My byline was: Evolution: Change we can believe in. It is a perfect combination of iconography and catch phrases.

    Your art work is better than mine though.

    James • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:13 pm
  53. hey neat! these look all of those obama posters! KEWWWWWWLLLLLLLL

    josh • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:35 pm
  54. Great posters I want to buy three of them….

    Ryan gray • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:42 pm
  55. I’d love to get in on stickers & other apparel, thanks!

    Mark Entel • Friday, February 20, 2009, 2:59 pm
  56. thank you, mike! i ordered a poster. :)

    julie • Friday, February 20, 2009, 3:01 pm
  57. I would love to see the images on the back of the t-shirt too. Reasoning: I run/walk on the greenway a lot and like when the message can be seen from behind as well as in front.

    Pamela • Friday, February 20, 2009, 3:42 pm
  58. Awesome. But I have a question – if you order, say, a green t-shirt, the Zazzle preview makes the whitish parts of Darwin’s face/hair look green. Is that accurate? I’m leaning toward a natural color shirt anyway, so it probably wouldn’t matter much for me, but are the white parts really transparent (i.e., do they only look white on a white t-shirt) or are they sort of a cream color as shown in the images above?

    Frank Anderson • Friday, February 20, 2009, 5:31 pm
  59. Frank, they are supposed to be a cream color as in the pictures here. I think this is a limitation of how Zazzle prints on the “light color” selection of shirts. It is a different printing technique, and it appears that the underlying color of the shirt tints the printed color in a way that cannot be compensated for. You should notice that if you pick one of the “dark color” selection of shirts, everything (should) look fine. I’ll look into this a little more.

    mikero • Friday, February 20, 2009, 5:39 pm
  60. CHANGE OVER TIME. Love it! Too bad it’s not a woodblock print though. If you ever make one, I’ll buy.

    Liz • Friday, February 20, 2009, 5:44 pm
  61. Would you mind if I were to use one of your Darwin pics in a skeptical newsletter I edit? It is called Phactum, the newsletter of the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking. We often deal with evolution and have had NCSE speakers at our meetings and for the March meeting Laurie Lebo will be our speaker. Our website is phact.org and there are over two years worth of newsletters available on line. I would be happy to add you to my email list.

    I want a tee shirt when they are available.


    Ray Haupt • Friday, February 20, 2009, 6:51 pm
  62. I’d love to see the shirts in black or at least bright colors like red. I don’t like light-colored t-shirts. Love the graphics, though.

    yoyopron • Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:06 pm
  63. Please let me know when these are for sale! Fabulous!

    ellen • Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:06 pm
  64. #62: You can customize the shirt style & color after clicking on the particular design. I think it looks nice on dark brown.

    mikero • Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:07 pm
  65. Brilliant! I’d love to support the teaching of evolution.

    Matthew • Friday, February 20, 2009, 7:25 pm
  66. re: “it’s not the strongest of the species that survives, but the most adaptable to change"…

    If this is indeed the case, then I’m afraid “the Ummah” is destined to win out over Western Civilization. They’ve slowly adapted to using our laws and technology against us. They will continue to do so and eventually score much larger victories. Meanwhile it is not in our collective nature as a so-called-evolved society to effectively confront the danger before it destroys us. Therefore, according to Darwin, we will lose.

    Scott in OC • Friday, February 20, 2009, 8:13 pm
  67. Came here via LGF. Nice posters. Nice Fairey knockoffs.

    Levois • Friday, February 20, 2009, 8:24 pm
  68. Item ordered! Found your blog through Prof. PZ Myers blog Pharyngula - nice work. I am totally looking forward to receiving the shirt.

    JessieColt • Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:25 pm
  69. I love this!

    Mike, I have a zazzle shop and I believe there are instructions in the FAQ on designing for dark shirts. So if you set it up the right way and choose the correction options the same image will work for both light and dark. When you post a product there is an option for whether your whites will be transparent or not.

    Meredith • Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:56 pm
  70. I love #1 the most! :) I would love this as a sticker, too, on my laptop or something.

    Corinne • Friday, February 20, 2009, 10:35 pm
  71. Vote for Change over time!

    ilana solomon • Friday, February 20, 2009, 11:02 pm
  72. From a devout Catholic: these are *wonderful*. Thank you, and bless you!

    Noah D • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 1:08 am
  73. I tried multiple times to purchase this item, but every time I clicked on “place order"I got sent back to the credit card info page (even if I tried to use PayPal). If I end up with 10 t-shirts I will be VERY upset.

    I’m using FireFox on an iMac.

    Charles • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 1:23 am
  74. Ummmm, OK

    minijuegos • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 7:50 am
  75. good job:)

    javacikiz • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 9:00 am
  76. The posters are too big for me, but a nice little 2x3 fridge magnet would be lots of fun. :)

    in a few months, after the buzz dies down, it’d be cool if you released this as desktop wallpaper, too :)

    go • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 9:48 am
  77. Please.. I want to buy one NOW

    Jason • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 10:09 am
  78. I want one, but I am a girl, and the boy t-shirts just don’t fit so well, what with the girl parts.

    Can you set up zazzle to sell a women’s t?


    pelican • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11:18 am
  79. This goes well with our bumper sticker…


    R Gregory • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11:19 am
  80. Duh’o, I’m an idiot and I figured it out. Retracting first comment, purchasing t-shirt.


    pelican • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11:22 am
  81. Holy cow Mike! You are famous…I am glad you told those stupid heads that you didn’t just enter it into a poster creator….they made me angry :)

    emily • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 12:49 pm
  82. Christ-like selflessness is the only thing that allows significant change away from the natural short and brutish state of humanity possible.

    We must not elevate Darwin or Newton, but rather their ultimate mentor in the art of selfless inquiry totally removed from “selfish genes” clap-trap. If anything, we simply don’t have enough of our selfish genes activated and thereby fail to love the others in our community adequately to get beyond the stagnation of the status quo thru our own self-centered means.


    dlw • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 1:23 pm
  83. fabulous displays, really. One question. I have, in my basement several tins, that is tin display signs, many of them are AB breweriana signs, though some of them are random other things such as the National Sarcasm Society (Like We Need Your Support). Any chance you might put one/some of those images on like a 12x16 tin? I don’t know if anyone else would be interested in this sort of thing but it certainly would go great in my basement. Will probably go pretty good in the basement as a poster as well, just would fit in better with everything else.

    Just curious.

    drew • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 4:56 pm
  84. Is it too much to ask to get the poster-proportioned designs in a smaller bumper sticker or car magnet size? These are great. Keep it up.

    ngl • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 5:25 pm
  85. Great posters! I’d be happy to donate this design that I created with PASTE’s Obamicon site for CD’s bday.


    Or, if you’re interested, Mike, maybe you could clean up the design to make it more shirt, cup, etc.-friendly?

    Ian C. • Saturday, February 21, 2009, 9:00 pm
  86. I like the images and they are very clever.
    Is it OK with Shepard Fairey that you are selling your Darwin images?
    Anyone who has not read the article on wikipedia about Shepard Fairey and his OBAMA image might be interested -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepard_Fairey

    mary • Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 1:25 am
  87. Instead of “believe in,” why not something more like “Change Supported by Overwhelming Amounts of Evidence,” or something along those lines? After all, it’s not mere faith; it’s science.

    I’ll definitely buy some of these, seeing how the profits go to the NCSE!

    Kevin Schreck • Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 4:57 pm
  88. superb!! LOL!

    simone parma • Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 5:14 pm
  89. About Zazzle quality… I’ve never had a problem with it, and everyone I know who has ordered products from me has been very happy with them when I asked about it. Zazzle has it’s difficulties at times, but that just about always seems to be on the designer’s end and has never been bad enough to drive me away. Product quality doesn’t seem to suffer.

    Rosa Amarilla • Thursday, February 26, 2009, 12:13 am
  90. Very, very clever. I will buy one as soon as I have money. GOT IT BOOKMARKED!

    An interesting Shepherd Fairey side note:


    Marshall Moore • Sunday, March 1, 2009, 7:04 pm
  91. Dear Mike, I am really delighted by your work and would love to have a shirt with any of the Darwin designs. Unfortunately, Zazzle is not sending products to Argentina. Is there any chance I could buy your design and send it to be printed here? Thank you very much and please keep up with your good work!

    Nico Palopoli • Monday, March 2, 2009, 5:10 pm
  92. I would like to sell these t shirts and stickers as a fundraiser for the Biological Honor Society at my school. Is there anyway I could negotiate a bulk purchase of some of these items for resale (proceeds would go to a science based charity anyway), that way two charities are supported from one batch of shirts?

    Nathan Domino • Monday, March 2, 2009, 8:05 pm
  93. I ordered the sheet of 6 stickers from Zazzle. They were shipped really quick, but when I got them, they were the wrong design. However, Zazzle responded to my request for a replacement with lightning speed and is shipping the right set out. Zazzle was a good choice, I’d say.

    Thanks for the design. Gonna look great on everything I own. haha.

    Q • Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 4:01 pm
  94. Fantastic work!

    Marcos de Carvalho • Friday, March 13, 2009, 9:21 am
  95. How about a high resolution desktop image? I’ve love to put one on my 17″ MacBook Pro.

    Aaron • Sunday, March 15, 2009, 2:46 pm

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