Monthly Archives: February 2012

Posted by on February 20, 2012
Posted in: creative community, imaging

Here’s a little something I stumbled upon yesterday: Panoview, a company that creates ultra high resolution 360 degree photographs. Check out their website [update: no longer active] to see what they can do. I recommend going into full screen mode and playing with the different viewer settings. Impressive! And – even better – they’re located […]

Solar Highway Site Energized
Posted by on February 17, 2012
Posted in: built projects, energy, photomatch, projects

Last month, the Oregon Dept. of Transportation flipped the switch on a new 1.75 megawatt solar system. The project sits on 7 acres of land at the Interstate 5 Baldock Rest Area, just south of Wilsonville. Installing solar arrays in transportation corridors is common in Europe, but not so in the United States. Oregon’s solar […]

Edward Tufte, sculptor
Posted by on February 15, 2012
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, inspiration

We’re big fans of “ET” here at Fat Pencil Studio. No, not the Extra Terrestrial. Not Ernest Tubb (hey country music fans!). We mean Edward Tufte, information visualization pioneer and guru, and apparently now a sculptor. I came across this BBC News piece about Tufte’s new 3d endeavors. It’s always inspiring to see someone so insatiably […]

Google Maps Case Study
Posted by on February 10, 2012
Posted in: mapping

Continuing my infatuation with Google Maps, here is an interesting article about their behind-the-scenes development. An intriguing thought: “Drawing inspiration from nature, we wanted to make the roads feel like the veins on a leaf: clearly visible if you are looking for them, yet intrinsically part of the overall design; adding detail without adding clutter.”

SceneViz for Collaboration
Posted by on February 9, 2012
Posted in: projects, SceneViz

The Seattle Streetcar project team used SceneViz to visualize streetscape plans and discuss design and safety issues with stakeholders.   This SceneViz presentation was designed for use in a courtroom. Witnesses can select a location, zoom to a street-level view, and then use the resulting diagram to better explain their memory of the incident.   […]