In Pieces is an interactive environmental protection site where you can learn about your favourite animal, what’s killing them, and where you can donate to help.
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Animal lovers, environmentalists, or Planet Earth documentary-enjoyers understand that some eukaryotes aren’t long for this world. Pollution, poaching, and aggressive farming has pushed thousands of animals to the brink of extinction, including 474 endangered mammals according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
You definitely can’t save them all, but In Pieces is a good place to learn about them. Created by designer Bryan James, displays 30 endangered animals, all beautifully represented as colourful, moving polygonal shapes. The Wallace’s Birdwing flaps its orange and black wings, while the Kemp’s Ridley turtle pushes itself as though riding an invisible current.
The coolest part? Each animal’s polygonal shape is coded entirely with CSS, with each point mapped by James. They even shimmer every so often, bringing them to life even though they represent animals on the decline.
So, in essence — each shape is being morphed, moved and toyed with by a new set of co-ordinates, and as they are maintained as triangles throughout, this means 3 points, with CSS transitions to link up the movements.
Each animal gets a short description followed by the factors threatening its existence. You can find statistics like population, habitat loss, and yearly population decline charted over the course of a few decades. Some entries feature YouTube videos of the animals in action, as well as the ramifications of incidents like poaching and overfishing.
It isn’t all bad, though! The project is designed to raise awareness on the diversity of life and its fragility, as well as give you a chance to help. Each animal is linked to a conservation page where you can donate to support the species of your choice.
In Pieces [Official site]