The amazing evolution gif up there is by Nicolas Fong.
Seattle-based designer Eleanor Lutz, with a Bachelor’s in molecular biology from the University of Washington, makes her awesome animated infographics and charts in Photoshop and Illustrator.
“I’ve actually wanted to do an embryogenesis GIF for months, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to make it work. Then I stumbled across this awesome GIF” (here above by Nicolas Fong) “on Reddit and got the idea to use a spiraling animation style.
I’m actually really happy with how this turned out. I made this using 44 animations that are 9 frames each. That’s 396 sketches total – probably the most complicated GIF I’ve made so far. I am a little sad that I wasn’t able to show size properly though. For example. the 24 week fetus is about 40 times heavier than a 12 week fetus (but you can’t tell that from this drawing).” Eleanor Lutz
You can check out the full sized GIF here.
Gilbert, Scott. Developmental Biology, 9th Edition. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates Inc., 2010.