Monthly Archives: February 2014

SketchUp 2014
Posted by on February 28, 2014
Posted in: software, transportation, web

If you happen to visit the SketchUp homepage, you might notice that a couple of the featured images are by none other than Fat Pencil Studio (!), but arguably more importantly, you’ll see that a┬ánew version of SketchUp was released today. There are a bunch of new features to play with in SketchUp 2014, including […]

Dynamic Stripes
Posted by on February 26, 2014
Posted in: dynamic components, software, tips and tricks, transportation

Earlier this year I wrote about highway stripes and perception. If you missed it, stop here and check out the article…interesting stuff! Today I want to talk about what it takes to draw all those little stripes in SketchUp. On the surface (no pun intended) it may seem like a repetitive and time-consuming task, but […]

Landslide Case
Posted by on February 19, 2014
Posted in: graphic design, mapping, projects, real estate

Fat Pencil Studio recently worked with E3RA to develop a series of diagrams that describe geotechnical conditions surrounding three properties involved in a landslide case: 1. Google Earth paints a real world context of the surrounding area. 2. Next, a map shows the property boundaries registered to classifications of geologic landslide activity. 3. Then, a […]

Peg Leg
Posted by on February 13, 2014
Posted in: built projects, construction, creative community, furniture, illustration, projects

This past month I took apart some finely aged vinyl chairs to see how they were made and to soften my supper seating situation. The materials I found inside – wood, foam, cardboard, vinyl – were straightforward, yet revealed many clever design details that I want to share with you. You can see that the […]

Train Injury Case
Posted by on February 5, 2014
Posted in: animation, data visualization, DataViz, graphic design, legal, mapping, projects

We just got word of a settlement in a train injury case that kept us busy for a good portion of last Fall. We learned a lot about train operations in the process, making this an interesting job from start to finish. After weeks of trying to understand the finer points of how draft gear […]