Category : illustration

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 […]

Continuous Phasing
Posted by on January 11, 2017
Posted in: construction, illustration, safety, transportation

Anyone familiar with our work knows we have made a lot of construction logistics diagrams. So when Stacy and Witbeck asked us to take a different approach in describing their planned phasing for the construction of a new streetcar line in Tempe, AZ, we were excited to try something new. Instead of showing five phases […]

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 […]

Some Assembly (Diagrams) Required
Posted by on August 5, 2016
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, illustration, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical assemblies, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to an audience. Buildings, structures and mechanisms can all find themselves at the center of a dispute. Understanding how the parts of the assembly […]

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 […]

Pow-Div BRT Outreach
Posted by on January 13, 2016
Posted in: events, illustration, projects, transportation

Since early 2014, Metro has been leading a planning effort to establish a rapid transit line that connects downtown Portland with Gresham along SE Powell and Division. The outcome of the Steering Committee’s work so far has been to establish Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as the preferred mode (over rail), and to express preferences for […]

Graphic Display Skinning
Posted by on November 6, 2014
Posted in: graphic design, illustration, software, tips and tricks

In computing, a “skin” is a custom graphical appearance that can be applied to a program or interface. Products—cellphone cases and laptops, for example—can have skins that allow the user to change their appearance at will. The ability to quickly replace, update and visualize graphics is also a useful design tool for people who work […]

Match Photo
Posted by on April 24, 2014
Posted in: illustration, photomatch, software, tips and tricks

During the past week I have been practicing methods for merging a model, an idea, a concept, or a prototype, into a photograph of a real scenario or context. In our practice we use a SketchUp plug-in called Advanced Camera Tools that allows us to input very detailed information about a photograph like distance to […]

Symmetry and Repetition
Posted by on April 20, 2014
Posted in: architecture, illustration, software, tips and tricks

In the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with ways to increase productivity when using SketchUp. There are plugins, shortcut key commands, and other techniques that make modeling faster; however with practice I realized that a simple way to speed up SketchUp work is to find ways to minimize the number of things you have […]

Caliper Brake

A few weeks ago, my car developed a grinding squeakiness. Too stubborn to drain my coveted savings at the mechanic shop, I spent one early Saturday morning Skyping with my automotively adept dad, who talked me through replacing my brake pads. Cars have lots of parts, so it is easy to be intimidated into ignorance. […]