Related Projects

Judge throws out 3d model
Posted by on June 12, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz

When I saw the headline in Monday’s Oregonian, “Judge throws out 3d model,” I was nervous. The case in question, USA vs Joseph Astarita, has generated tremendous media interest because it is related to the shooting death of Robert “LeVoy” Finicum, a spokesman for the group of armed protestors that took over Oregon’s Malheur National […]

Las Vegas Tour Bus Sideswipes Bicyclist
Posted by on June 1, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz, transportation

When a person dies in a motor vehicle collision, it can be a challenge to figure out who was at fault. One of the key witnesses (the victim) is dead, and those that remain at the scene can be traumatized or biased. In an ideal world, investigators would have the time and resources to identify […]

SWAT Team
Posted by on April 13, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch

SWAT stands for Special Weapons and Tactics. Most urban police departments have a team trained in the use of military tactics and equipment including assault rifles, armored vehicles, and night vision cameras. These have become important tools in responding to crisis such as terrorist attacks. But bringing all that firepower into dense urban neighborhoods carries […]

San Diego Bike Share
Posted by on March 21, 2018
Posted in: mobile, transportation, urban design

Last week I spent the day in San Diego to speak at a seminar hosted by the Government Defense Attorneys Working Group (GDAWG)– GREAT acronym. On a short cab ride down the sunny waterfront boulevard, I couldn’t help wishing I was making the trip on foot or by bicycle. The airport is just two miles […]

Concepts and Prototypes
Posted by on January 12, 2018
Posted in: animation, inspiration

LAIKA is a Portland based animation studio with four Oscar nominated feature films under its belt: Coraline (2009), Paranorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). No word yet on the subject of their fifth film, but they recently created a fascinating exhibit, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at their design […]

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 […]

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 […]

Morrison Bridge Update
Posted by on August 17, 2017
Posted in: built projects, construction, events, legal, transportation

Last night I walked down two flights of stairs into “the pit” of the Morrison Bridge. As part of a tour organized by WTS Portland, I got to see the current state of construction first hand, including the counterweight mechanism below the bridge. It’s not the first time I’ve been “down below”. Back in 2014, […]

Design Thinking, in Practice
Posted by on July 10, 2017
Posted in: construction, legal, product, projects, transportation

Last month we wrote about “design thinking,” an old idea that has found new popularity in break rooms and board rooms of companies from many disciplines. The theory calls for the use of visual tools and prototypes to engage a broad range of stakeholders in all stages of the design process. Here are some examples […]

Out and About 2017
Posted by on June 8, 2017
Posted in: conferences, legal, presentations, transportation

Fat Pencil Studio started attending summer conventions with the Oregon Trial Lawyers (OTLA) in 2011 and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers (OCDLA) in 2012. Besides being a good excuse to visit central Oregon, these meetings are a great way to show off what we do in person. If you are planning to attend one of […]