Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cambridge Solar Tool
Posted by on October 22, 2012
Posted in: energy, mapping, real estate

One challenge facing the solar power industry is how to deliver accurate feasibility information to thousands of building owners that might want to install modules on their rooftops. Sending technicians to each individual property is expensive and time consuming. Cities and other large groups have tried to address this issue by organizing volume purchasing (ie […]

3d Models: Web Viewing
Posted by on October 5, 2012
Posted in: software, tips and tricks, Uncategorized

One thing we like about SketchUp for 3d modeling is the availability of a free version for clients that want to review model progress. However, this does require installing the software and learning a few basic 3d modeling skills. For many clients these steps are not practical, so we end up sending 2d screen shots […]

A New Home for FPS
Posted by on October 3, 2012
Posted in: built projects, construction

BEFORE: 297 sf of blank slate PROCESS: concept + development AFTER: a new office! Since 2007, Fat Pencil Studio was based in the Burnside Rocket Building as part of a dynamic open office co-op called TENpod. As a charter member, we got to meet and work near a lot of great people doing exciting, creative things. […]

Symbolizing Cycles
Posted by on October 1, 2012
Posted in: graphic design, transportation

With the wrap up of the BTA‘s Bike Commute Challenge – during some of the best September weather in recent memory – we in Portland have biking on our minds. Which makes this a fitting time to get into some urban cycling symbology geekery: the many ways our DOT represents cycling. I first recognized a […]