Yearly Archives: 2013

NACTO Graphics
Posted by on December 26, 2013
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, inspiration, transportation

In recent years, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (a.k.a., NACTO) has been making its mark on urban planning with its thorough, well-organized and innovative design guides. The Urban Bikeway Design Guide was first released in 2011, and covers design considerations for bike lanes, cycle tracks, intersections, signals, signage, and bicycle boulevards. And, just […]

Visual Impact
Posted by on December 11, 2013
Posted in: construction, legal, photomatch, projects, transportation

For the second time in as many years, I’ve been asked to testify as an expert witness in a condemnation trial. Thankfully, no one is being sentenced to death. In this case, condemnation refers to Eminent Domain, the power of a government agency to compel private property owners to sell land or easements that are […]

Steel Details
Posted by on November 25, 2013
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration, slideshow

The iconic skeletal structure of a steel building is normally concealed when construction is completed. I’ve made an animation of a mock steel building construction sequence to highlight the significance of different building elements. It begins with columns and beams that are further stabilized with joists and decking to form a frame. A non-load bearing […]

Wood Details
Posted by on November 12, 2013
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, slideshow

The Watzek House designed by self-taught architect John Yeon in the 1930’s is now one of our local architectural landmarks and it displays very traditional and common construction methods from the region, a strong influence by the modernist movement of that time, and some Japanese and Scandinavian spatial touches. Not every wood frame building in […]

Many Welds Later
Posted by on November 5, 2013
Posted in: creative community, inspiration, projects

Following the production of our SceneViz 2D cars, I continued on with my fabrication adventures at ADX by learning to use the MIG welder. Many welds later, I now have myself a new dining room table. The design consists of a steel base and a top made of salvaged Douglas fir. The form was influenced by the […]

Graphic People
Posted by on November 5, 2013
Posted in: graphic design, inspiration

Different graphic styles have evolved to suit various creative industries. For example, product design favors the use of markers to create a solid field of color that can then be overlaid with highlights to emphasize texture and volume. Fashion design frequently uses watercolor to convey movement and pattern in fabric as it drapes a frame. […]

Before & After
Posted by on November 5, 2013
Posted in: construction, graphic design, mapping, projects

In any kind of work, it’s fun to compare before and after conditions to see how far you’ve come. Much of our construction-related work involves a fast-paced and efficient process in which a client sends us a rough version of what they have in mind, we put it through our FPS Graphic-ification Machine, and it […]

More SceneViz 2D
Posted by on October 17, 2013
Posted in: legal, mapping, SceneViz

Earlier this year Fat Pencil Studio began work on SceneViz 2d, a custom mapping process to quickly illustrate events in traffic-related cases. Since then, I have been working on a collection of ready-made graphics, creating a library of generic intersections: a traffic circle, one way street, and a diagonal boulevard, as well as streets with […]

Human Factors
Posted by on October 8, 2013
Posted in: architecture, imaging, SceneViz

I just returned from the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES) conference in San Diego, where I was invited to speak at a session titled Animated Computer Graphics: Working with Visual Media Professionals to Create Compelling Presentations. I shared the podium with Dr. Gary Sloan, a human factors forensic expert, and Jay Syverson, of Seattle […]

DWP Open House
Posted by on October 1, 2013
Posted in: creative community

Design Week Portland is just around the corner…and for the second straight year, Fat Pencil Studio will be hosting an open house as part of the festivities. Come stop by the Ford Building on Friday, October 11, from 4-7pm to say hi, have some snacks, and see some of our latest work! Design Week Portland […]