Category : graphic design

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  […]

Design Thinking, in Theory
Posted by on June 12, 2017
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, inspiration

One of our biggest challenges at Fat Pencil Studio is simply explaining what we do. It’s not so hard to show off what we make: 3d models, diagrams, animations, maps, infographics, to name a few. However, these things are just the end result of a design process that we use to create visual stories. That […]

Brain Candy Roundup

Here at Fat Pencil Studio, we try to have fun in our day-to-day, which is why we’ve always made a point to include what we like to call “Brain Candy” in our newsletters. Over time we’ve amassed an impressive collection of fun but stimulating links that we want to share all over again—because they’re just that […]

The Uncanny Valley

Featured Image: Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and the android based on his likeness. More at Geminoid.jp If you’ve never heard of it before, the uncanny valley is a phrase used to describe the discomfort-inducing zone that an image or likeness of a human passes through on its way from abstract to representational. The term was first coined in 1970 by […]

Square Open House
Posted by on October 11, 2016
Posted in: construction, events, graphic design, projects

A lot of the work we do gets presented behind closed doors to only a few people, so it’s always exciting when we get a chance to share it with the public at large. With construction for upgrades to Pioneer Courthouse Square slated to begin early next year, Portland Parks & Recreation was looking for […]

Vision Zero
Posted by on September 7, 2016
Posted in: graphic design, safety, transportation

Will we ever see a year with zero traffic fatalities?  What’s a good goal for your city?  What’s a good goal for your family? These are the kinds of questions that city leaders and individual citizens are grappling with as we work to embrace Vision Zero policies and behavior. It’s a laudable goal, but change can […]

Medical Diagrams
Posted by on July 7, 2016
Posted in: animation, graphic design, illustration, imaging, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical structures, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to their audience. Medical malpractice law is a prime example. Injuries and illnesses, and their diagnoses and treatments, have to be described by medical […]

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. […]

The Expertise Gap

Have you heard of Pecha Kucha? It’s a style of presentation where slides are set to auto advance every 20 seconds, so it requires some rehearsing to get the timing right. I tried this for the first time at an evening session of the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS). I started by assuming the role […]

OATS 2016

Better Block PDX presented at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS) 2016, curated by Katie Mangle of Alta Planning. I spoke about the role information design plays in our projects. The leap of imagination that helps Better Block projects become real changes in space use is accomplished partly with good visuals which connect the intent of the project partners with […]