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Cell Phone Data Tells a Story
Posted by on May 8, 2018
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, legal, projects, slideshow

We recently had the opportunity to work with criminal defense counsel on a case with an interesting set of facts. It was known that three people traveled across state lines, and that illegal activities ensued. The precise nature of these activities, and the motivations of the people involved, however, were hotly disputed. The legal team had […]

Many Audiences
Posted by on May 3, 2018
Posted in: inspiration, legal

I came across an excellent talk that Jonathan Corum, science graphics editor for the New York Times, recently gave in Copenhagen called “Design for an Audience.” The whole presentation is so thrillingly good from start to finish that I hate to quibble even a little, but “an” audience isn’t quite right. Because the talk is […]

Citizens and Artists
Posted by on February 27, 2018
Posted in: activism, creative community, inspiration

These days (but also always), it’s especially important to consider what it means to be a citizen (i.e., “member of society,” not “person of a certain legal status”). If we believe in this whole “American experiment” thing, then, as citizens, we have rights and responsibilities. These are intimately linked: without the concerted efforts of people […]

Video Analytics and Vision Zero
Posted by on February 5, 2018
Posted in: activism, data visualization, safety, transportation, urban design

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve written about Vision Zero (1, 2), but hardly a week goes by that we aren’t reminded of the importance of it. As Portland’s streets get busier, they also get more deadly. Last year, 50 people lost their lives in traffic incidents. (For some reason, PBOT’s Vision Zero […]

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 […]

Design Thinking, in Theory
Posted by on June 12, 2017
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, inspiration

One of our biggest challenges at Fat Pencil Studio is simply explaining what we do. It’s not so hard to show off what we make: 3d models, diagrams, animations, maps, infographics, to name a few. However, these things are just the end result of a design process that we use to create visual stories. That […]

Continuous Phasing
Posted by on January 11, 2017
Posted in: construction, illustration, safety, transportation

Anyone familiar with our work knows we have made a lot of construction logistics diagrams. So when Stacy and Witbeck asked us to take a different approach in describing their planned phasing for the construction of a new streetcar line in Tempe, AZ, we were excited to try something new. Instead of showing five phases […]

Vision Zero Action
Posted by on December 6, 2016
Posted in: legal, projects, transportation

I was heartened to read last week that Portland City Council is showing signs of taking Vision Zero seriously. After adopting the philosophy last summer that all traffic deaths are preventable, they took the next step by adopting an Action Plan that outlines 32 steps to take to make Portland’s roads safe for everyone. While […]

Strong Argument
Posted by on December 2, 2016
Posted in: Uncategorized

A well-designed graphic speaks for itself. And no matter how much ink is spilled or words exchanged on a subject, sometimes it really just comes down to the powerful statement a single image can make. As Portland struggles to manage rapid population growth and a hot housing market, City Council recently voted to phase out […]

Square Open House
Posted by on October 11, 2016
Posted in: construction, events, graphic design, projects

A lot of the work we do gets presented behind closed doors to only a few people, so it’s always exciting when we get a chance to share it with the public at large. With construction for upgrades to Pioneer Courthouse Square slated to begin early next year, Portland Parks & Recreation was looking for […]