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Navigating Avalanche Terrain
Posted by on May 8, 2017
Posted in: mapping, tips and tricks, transportation, Uncategorized

This winter I decided to prepare for my backcountry ski trips by finding routes that are lowest in avalanche danger. CalTopo was recommended to me by a volunteer with the Mount Saint Helens Institute because its MapBuilder option can show slope shading, and slopes between 34 and 45 degrees are known to be prone to avalanche. […]

FoodCorps Fabrication
Posted by on April 6, 2017
Posted in: built projects

In the old tile building on 7th and Salmon, several companies have reclaimed the light-filled office spaces. FoodCorps, a national nonprofit whose headquarters are based in Portland, can be found behind the larger window-clad facade. Their interior layout is based on their educational mission: the idea of a classroom with a large common area surrounded by several […]

Placemaker Extension
Posted by on March 2, 2017
Posted in: creative community, geomodeling, mapping, photomatch, software, tips and tricks

Last month I had the honor of beta-testing Placemaker, a smart plugin that automatically integrates infrastructure data into 3D using the SketchUp geo-location feature. The full version has just been released (congratulations to mind.sight.studios!), and we are excited to continue integrating it into our workflow. Here’s a rough idea of how Placemaker works: the general […]

Flight of the Bumblebee
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: creative community, illustration, inspiration, rendering, transportation

Flying cars, long a staple of science fiction, could soon become reality thanks to rapid advances in autonomous vehicle and drone technology. What will this look like? Your own personal car with folding wings? Perhaps these will become popular with pilots. But for the rest of us, a different model is more likely. Two years […]

Certified Content Developer
Posted by on October 3, 2016
Posted in: creative community, software, tips and tricks

SketchUp has launched a new set of modeling standards for its popular 3D Warehouse. Fat Pencil Studio has passed this SketchUp certification test to become a Certified Content Developer and is now featured on the SketchUp Resource Center page. In addition to setting a baseline for user-friendly models found online, the SketchUp certification training documents many tips for utilizing SketchUp tools. […]

More Animator for SketchUp
Posted by on July 29, 2016
Posted in: animation, creative community, safety, software, transportation

Fat Pencil Studio has been Beta testing the new Fredo6 Animator plug-in, which (as of the most recent update!) includes a tracking camera feature. Of course I wanted to check that out right away, so I set up a model of a multi-modal intersection. The concern here is that visibility issues associated with the transit […]

SketchUp Basecamp 2016
Posted by on July 2, 2016
Posted in: animation, conferences, creative community, software, tips and tricks

Despite being the most widely used 3d-modeling program (35 million unique activations per year) SketchUp has been limited by it’s reliance on the Windows or Mac operating system…until now. Basecamp 2016 saw the unveiling of my.SketchUp.com, a complete 3d modeling environment inside a web browser. The new interface has pop up icons which streamline the toolbar […]

Vintage Infographics
Posted by on June 28, 2016
Posted in: data visualization, graphic design, inspiration, mapping

(Above) Color-linked pie and bar charts illustrate the causes of death in Switzerland from 1890-1894 (Swiss Statistical Office). Looking back into history many infographic styles originated from detail-oriented professionals such as lawyers, meteorologists, surveyors, and nurses. Often a single graphic represented the culmination of a life’s work of research and involved extensive personal commitment to produce. […]

Mount Hood Seismicity
Posted by on June 8, 2016
Posted in: environment, inspiration

Following Mount Fuji, our very own Mount Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world, with over 10,000 people summiting a year. Mount Hood can look like a different mountain from different vantage points, sometimes appearing very sharp and pointed, sometimes much more supple like it does from the Columbia River Gorge. The tendency […]

Live Design @ WeWork
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: creative community, events, presentations, SceneViz

Dug Ketterman of DugOut Design Studio and our very own Joshua Cohen co-hosted a real-time, 3D visualization exercise at WeWork, challenging 40 people to design a music and skating festival. This imaginary event was to take place in the North Park Blocks just outside WeWork’s doors. We brainstormed a tree house stage, hot dog stand, and skate ramp-jump over […]