Monthly Archives: November 2012

Bike Parking Study
Posted by on November 21, 2012
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, projects, transportation

We’ve been working in the Ford Building for a few months now, and we love everything about it. Ok, we love almost everything about it. The thing is, all three of us at Fat Pencil Studio commute to work by bike. And now that the rains have come in full force, the scarcity of indoor […]

Posted by on November 15, 2012
Posted in: DataViz, graphic design, projects

A timeline is a humble but powerful way of organizing information and representing data. Timelines can range from straightforward sequences of events to animated chronological narratives to rich interactive diagrams that express large quantities of data. Because everyone understands the consecutive nature of time, timelines are very accessible infographics. They have an illustrious history, dating […]

Planting Digital Trees
Posted by on November 15, 2012
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

Trimble Sketchup is an ideal platform for rapidly creating rectlinear 3d models. With practice, Sketchup modelers can construct extremely complex geometric forms. However, Sketchup’s straightforward, stripped down interface offers few “out of the box” tools for creating organic shapes, such as trees and shrubbery. Although it is possible to digitally model every trunk, branch, and […]

3d Diagrams: Good/Bad
Posted by on November 2, 2012
Posted in: construction, DetailViz, graphic design, projects

What makes a good 3d diagram? Well, let’s back up and talk about what exactly a diagram is in the first place. A diagram is a graphic that explains rather than represents. For example, a floor plan is an abstract drawing (diagram)¬†used to explain spatial information about a building, while a photograph is a literal […]