Category : DataViz

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 […]

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 […]

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  […]

Crime Data Maps
Posted by on March 1, 2014
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, mapping, software, tips and tricks

Several months ago, we wrote about Google’s Maps Engine Lite, a fun and easy way to make interactive maps. Since then, we’ve upgraded to Maps Engine Pro, which offers a few more features, such as the ability to measure distances, add more layers, and to import more data. So we decided to test it out […]

Train Injury Case
Posted by on February 5, 2014
Posted in: animation, data visualization, DataViz, graphic design, legal, mapping, projects

We just got word of a settlement in a train injury case that kept us busy for a good portion of last Fall. We learned a lot about train operations in the process, making this an interesting job from start to finish. After weeks of trying to understand the finer points of how draft gear […]

Happy New Year!
Posted by on January 1, 2014
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, DataViz, graphic design, inspiration

It’s 2014! The adolescence of the Millennium is fully underway… In honor of the New Year, we made a calendar for your amusement and edification. The days are arrayed in my favorite continuous vertical grid format, with each cell color-coded according to the average daily high temperature for Portland, Oregon. Typical weekly rainfall is plotted […]

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 […]

Posted by on November 15, 2012
Posted in: DataViz, graphic design, projects

A timeline is a humble but powerful way of organizing information and representing data. Timelines can range from straightforward sequences of events to animated chronological narratives to rich interactive diagrams that express large quantities of data. Because everyone understands the consecutive nature of time, timelines are very accessible infographics. They have an illustrious history, dating […]