Yearly Archives: 2017

The Great Pyramid's Big Void
Posted by on December 13, 2017
Posted in: architecture, built projects, imaging, SketchUp, slideshow

The Great Pyramid at Giza is the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one left largely intact. Designed by Hemiunu for the Pharaoh Khufu and located outside Cairo on the Giza plateau, it was completed sometime around 2560 B.C.E. Khufu’s Pyramid remains the world’s tallest. Recently a team of […]

Google Poly
Posted by on December 13, 2017
Posted in: AR/VR, creative community, Plugins, SketchUp, virtual reality

In a November 1st blog post, Google announced its launch of Poly, an online library of 3D objects where you can “browse, discover, and download.” At the end of the month, they also announced their Poly API (application programming interface) platform. So, who’re these new toys for? The API and library are primarily intended to […]

Quantify AR

Above: QuantifyAR: a full-fledged cost estimate for a construction project. Recently I had the chance to beta test QuantifyAR, an iOS app that uses augmented reality to take on-site measurements for construction projects. It then translates them into quantity take-offs and cost estimates. QuantifyAR promises to take what would undoubtedly be some hours’ worth of […]

Fat Pencil Studio has moved!
Posted by on November 1, 2017
Posted in: events, Uncategorized

Over the last couple months, we’ve spent much of our spare time around the studio planning and prepping for the transition to our new digs. And last Wednesday morning was go time: while Ady and I were away at client meeting, Jannine and Joshua were left to pack up the office. Being the superheroes they […]

Portland Streetcar How to Ride
Posted by on October 30, 2017
Posted in: creative community, projects, transportation

Last summer we had the pleasure of working with the fine folks at Portland Streetcar on a number of videos, one of which covers the specifics of “How to Ride” the streetcar. Production of this video was a blast (I hope you’ll see why), and we’re pleased to be able to share it with you […]

Put a Tree on it

Feature photo by Solterra Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed watching the construction of Solterra’s new building on the corner of SE 9th & Division. As the project nears completion, some unique features are coming into focus. The south facade hosts a giant mural by UK Artist Finbarr Dac. He’s painted similar compositions all […]

Assembling the Story

Featured image credit: Forensic Architecture, Drone Strike Investigation Case #3; MSNBC Back in July, I wrote a post called Threshold of Detectability, inspired by Eyal Weizman’s book Forensic Architecture. In the piece I discussed the inherent power structure that exists within the data technology industry by way of restricted access to information, often with the […]

The Information Is Beautiful Awards are here!

These days, the awards show season has something for everyone, amirite? Around the Fat Pencil office, we get especially giddy and distractable in the weeks leading up to KANTAR Information Is Beautiful Awards (IIB). In September, designers, statisticians, brands, and information scientists from around the globe submitted their best data visualizations of 2017, and on  […]

Landmarks and Context
Posted by on September 21, 2017
Posted in: architecture, inspiration, mapping

Today, during a cold and rainy kickoff to the Fall season, I found myself daydreaming about a Summer visit to historic central Rome. Of course I got to see the major tourist attractions, but I was unexpectedly impressed by the victory columns. These monuments were built to honor Roman emperors by telling stories of wartime […]

Oregon's Transportation Package

Feature Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation Last month, Oregon’s legislature passed a $5.3-billion transportation bill in an effort to keep up with a growing population and increasingly inadequate infrastructure. As Portland continues to rise on the list of most infuriating cities to drive in, efforts to make our roadways more efficient have sparked intense […]