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Printing in 3D
Posted by on June 5, 2013
Posted in: built projects, construction, DetailViz

Fat Pencil Studio is on a continuous quest to offer the best options for sharing complicated concepts; to explain them simply without losing their essence. We usually do this with images, diagrams, or interactive presentations. But sometimes it’s better to just hold something in your hand—to see the concept in actual real life, to feel […]

Peel Away Diagram
Posted by on April 24, 2013
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, legal

We’re excited to share a powerful technique for construction defect cases. We’ve applied it in a variety of cases over the past few years, but haven’t been able to brag about it because those cases are still confidential. We really like this technique, though, so we created a little demo project to show it off. […]

Posted by on March 26, 2013
Posted in: software, web

Web-based 3d content is still in its awkward adolescent stage, similar to web-based video circa 2001: there are viewers out there but they require plugins or special software, the navigation can be limited or downright frustrating, and — while there’s some decent content available — there’s not a good way of finding or seeing it. […]

Data Driven Demo
Posted by on February 22, 2013
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, mapping

It was almost a year ago that we first mentioned the javascript library d3 (full name: Data Driven Documents.) So we figured it’s about time we post a working example… Here is a demo we cooked up based on public records of county health inspections of Portland restaurants from three months in 2012 (data from […]

Graphical Maps
Posted by on January 22, 2013
Posted in: graphic design, legal, mapping, projects, tips and tricks

So many exciting things are happening with interactive maps, it’s easy to forget about the potential inherent in good old static graphical maps. Don’t get me wrong: interactive maps are great. They’re a wonderful tool for data visualizations. And, as viewers, we can zoom-in and -out and pan around to our hearts’ content. But as […]

Paper Folding Fun Time!
Posted by on January 16, 2013
Posted in: built projects, graphic design, inspiration

It’s December 2012. The Fat Pencil team gathers around the FPS conference table. Joshua is the first to mention it: we need ideas for this year’s holiday card. We hmm. We haw. We talk about last year’s cards. We get sidetracked on a conversation about biking infrastructure. We hmm and haw some more. Then Joshua […]

Resolutions for the New Year
Posted by on January 2, 2013
Posted in: creative community, imaging, tips and tricks

So maybe I’m a bit of a design geek. Instead of a desktop image of some HDR landscape or pink Apple(R) atmosphere or family photo, I have reference grid of common image resolutions. I made it. It’s super handy when you make as many presentations as we do. And I think it looks cool. Want […]

Symbolizing Cycles
Posted by on October 1, 2012
Posted in: graphic design, transportation

With the wrap up of the BTA‘s Bike Commute Challenge – during some of the best September weather in recent memory – we in Portland have biking on our minds. Which makes this a fitting time to get into some urban cycling symbology geekery: the many ways our DOT represents cycling. I first recognized a […]

Well Branded
Posted by on July 11, 2012
Posted in: inspiration

We at FPS keep a sharp eye out for interesting symbols and icons. During a recent trip to Eastern Oregon, immersed in the quiet, natural landscape, I noticed the strong and interesting logo of Arrowhead Chocolates, a small chocolatier and cafe. The owner explained that the logo is actually the family brand from their old […]

Dynamic Lifting
Posted by on May 9, 2012
Posted in: construction, dynamic components, software, tips and tricks

After years of consideration and weeks of development, we’re excited to announce the completion of a new, anatomically correct SketchUp model of a Liebherr 200 HC tower crane(!) Developed primarily to improve the accuracy and visual quality of our models, the crane has some key features that’ll speed up our modeling process as well. We […]