Yearly Archives: 2015

Blind Spot
Posted by on December 18, 2015
Posted in: legal, photomatch, projects, transportation

Last week I flew to Philadelphia to present Fat Pencil Studio’s work in court. The story in this case was all-too-familiar: a city bus takes a left turn and collides with a person walking in the crosswalk. The driver never saw him, but a security camera did. We worked on a similar case two years ago, and […]

SketchUp 2016
Posted by on December 18, 2015
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

A special time of the year has arrived, and I am talking of course about the just released SketchUp 2016. Every year we get a few new upgrades with our preferred 3D modeling software. Some of the improvements are useful for all SketchUp users while others are only relevant for those working in certain industries. Here is a brief overview of […]

Holiday Poster Sale!
Posted by on December 7, 2015
Posted in: graphic design, mapping, projects

Now until the end of the year, our Bridges of Portland posters are on sale for just $24! Order one for yourself or a loved one by clicking here.

Posted by on December 4, 2015
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, mapping

If you’ve ever visited Fat Pencil Studio (or seen my SketchUp profile video) you know about all the maps and infographics that decorate our walls. They serve as inspiration for our work, and are pretty darn interesting to stare at from time to time. After reading an article about Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, I knew […]

CLT construction
Posted by on November 12, 2015
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an innovative and forward-thinking construction system that has made headlines in Portland recently. Originally developed in Central Europe in the mid-1990s as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction, it uses manufactured wood panels (made up of smaller, and therefore more rapidly-renewable trees) to create buildings up to twelve stories […]

Sketchup + Vissim Workflow
Posted by on November 11, 2015
Posted in: animation, software, tips and tricks, transportation, Vissim

As you can read about in our on-going series of posts on the subject, we’ve been working on developing an efficient workflow for integrating SketchUp models into Vissim traffic simulations. While it is relatively straightforward to import 3d context into a traffic simulation that assumes a flat ground plane, our latest efforts have been focused […]

Active Transpo Un-Forum
Posted by on October 15, 2015
Posted in: conferences, creative community, events, inspiration, transportation

We had the opportunity to participate in the Intertwine’s Active Transportation Un-Forum yesterday. It was a great chance to catch up with our friends and colleagues in the active transportation community. The beautiful thing about the Un-forum format is that topics are addressed in discussions, instead of presentations. Many important discussions were held: from making […]

Fall Conferences
Posted by on October 15, 2015
Posted in: conferences, events

‘Tis the season for heading back to school, sitting in little chairs, and talking to your kid’s teacher about how things are going. I’ve got a couple of parent-teacher conferences scheduled next week, but here at Fat Pencil Studio, I’ve been busy with meetings of a different sort, including events focusing on construction law, federal […]

ADX Panoramic Tour
Posted by on October 14, 2015
Posted in: creative community, inspiration, interactive, projects, software

At Fat Pencil Studio we are always excited to add new tools to the array of techniques that we use to visually present information. So when we were offered the challenge of creating a virtual tour of an industrial warehouse this summer, we jumped at the chance. We knew we would need two things right […]

Timeline Tips
Posted by on September 21, 2015
Posted in: graphic design, legal, presentations, tips and tricks

When telling a story, you start at the beginning, proceed to the middle and end with the end. So simple, right? Unfortunately, most cases are built around more than three pertinent events. Several things might have happened in the beginning, which led to dozens of events in the middle, and by the time you get […]