Some ‘Ask A Biologist’ outreach

My once ‘little’ project, Ask A Biologist is now grown fat on well over 4000 questions and continues to grow ever bigger. However, that rate of expansion has never been quite what I hoped for and I continue to try and push it in ever bigger and more effective ways. This has to be done on a budget, what with this being basically a voluntary and unfunded organisation and all. Still, we recently did splash out a bit of money to have some professionally made posters and leaflets produced. These look rather better in their These look rather better in their PDF forms (available to download below) than the included jpegs but I am eager to get them out there so here they are.There’s a poster (that should be good up to A3) and two flyer designs (A4 double sided). Flyer A has a ‘reversed’ front page so it can be folded as a nice small leaflet to distribute, and the type B has not so that it can be folded, or just left as a single A4 flyer.

Also included below are a bunch of various poster designs and logos or banners. Please take any and all of these and print them up, post them online, e-mail them around or whatever. Just get them to people or give them to people, kids, teachers, educators, whatever. Obviously we simply want to promote the site as far as possible and we think we are doing a good job, but with more people finding us, we can do a better one and you can help.

Anyway, download, link-to, post, print, encourage and enjoy. Thanks.

Flyer A

Flyer B

AAB Poster

6 Responses to “Some ‘Ask A Biologist’ outreach”


  1. 1 dmaas 18/06/2011 at 1:25 pm

    Who are the other posters from?
    Very nice… and great to see other participants!

    • 2 David Hone 18/06/2011 at 1:58 pm

      The main poster and flyers were done by Gary Bristow who also did the site redesign. The ‘photos and logos’ were done by Neil Gostling ages ago from some of his and my wildlife photography. I’d hoped for a few more like these on my last appeal since they’re hardly difficult to make as longas you have one nice photo or image, though to date yours is the only one that ever came in. Thanks again for that incidentally.

  2. 3 dmaas 19/06/2011 at 8:40 am

    I’ve got concepts sketches for 2 or 3 more posters in the same format (3 questions, mild rhyming structure). Maybe I can find time to do more. Really enjoy the AAB site and visit it weekly.
    End of the month you’ll see one of the things that I’ve been up to… with Heinrich. Very anxious to see what you think.

  3. 4 Mark Robinson 20/06/2011 at 4:55 am

    The logo is great – simple and striking. The dominant theme colour of orange works really well (altho’ the shade seems to vary a bit between the different pics) and the occasional splash of green is perfect.

    One aspect that might be an impediment to this going more global is the apparently strong UK focus. I understand that this is a consequence of the site’s genesis but you now have a number of contributors based outside of the UK and could perhaps have included at least one more in the profiles. It’s a shame that askabiologist.org is already taken but I can’t see the Arizona State University giving it up since they run a site with the same name.

    You could also create yourselves a Wikipedia entry for further exposure. I know that’s not what Wikipedia’s for but if ASU’s site is sufficiently notable, so is yours.

  4. 5 David Hone 20/06/2011 at 5:03 am

    Well no pressure from me David, thanks again for your contributions.

    Mark, I’m not that bothered about going global actually (and we do quite well for US contributions), I just want more outreach period. Despite several big appeals our web footprint is actually pretty small and just getting a few posters to a few science teachers (each of whom would reach hundreds of kids potentially) would make a big splash.

    I had thought of Wikipedia but to be honest my (possibly stupid) take is that someone will make one if they think us important enough. It sort-of feels like cheating to create your own. Though I do think we have done a great job and we have now got significant things like a paper done out of it etc.

  5. 6 b82mo 07/07/2013 at 5:11 pm

    Great set of logos, I’ll stick some on my site now!


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