Category : data visualization

Family Tree Data Viz
Posted by on August 9, 2018
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, graphic design, illustration, inspiration

Earlier this summer, our studio got a real treat. A client came to us with a personal project – a genealogy data visualization. They and 70+ members of their immediate and (very) extended family were gathering in early July, and wanted to have t-shirts for everyone. Our client found a radial genogram online and suggested […]

Design Week Was A Blast!

Last month we co-hosted a Design Week open house with our office mates, Manifesto, and it was a hit! Right off the bat we had a huge group of high schoolers from an entrepreneur club come to see the space and discuss careers in design, which set the mood for the evening: busy. The loose […]

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 […]

Design Week PDX 2018

This year, Fat Pencil Studio is partnering with our co-tenants Manifesto Agency to host an open house for Design Week 2018. This Thursday the 19th, from 4:30pm to 7pm, we’ll be opening our doors for an evening of live data viz and storytelling. We’ll have music, giveaways, and custom Manifesto and Fat Pencil cocktails for […]

A Carto Apartment Hunt
Posted by on February 12, 2018
Posted in: data visualization, GIS, mapping, software

Last fall, we worked on a mapping project that gave me an opportunity to try out a product we’d never used before: Carto Builder. The application, which is accessible through a browser, processes, analyzes, and visualizes geo-located data. Carto Builder works very similarly to other GIS programs. It has dual sides: one the data, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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  […]

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 […]