Dinosaurs have been a recurring motif in James Hutson’s animations. The Critical Thinking animations featured a bright red T-Rex, which morphed into a chicken, the illustration later being awarded the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Australian Science Communicators’ Conference and featuring on one of our most popular t-shirts.
The t-shirt series was recently expanded to a set of “simplesaurs”, simplified dinosaurs from a land that time forgot. That 50s look, 60s lack of scientific awareness (of cool things like feathers, bristles & thermoregulation) & 70s plastic toy colour scheme. In addition to t-shirts, we have been prototyping them as laser cut wood and acrylic jewellery.
The prototyping and production process has been made possible by Fab Lab Adelaide, a not-for-profit community workshop that provides training and access to designed and made digital fabrication equipment including several 3D printers and a laser cutter. Here’s the laser cut of simplesaurs in action!