Category : imaging

The Uncanny Valley

Featured Image: Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and the android based on his likeness. More at 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 […]

Portland's Steel Bridge
Posted by on February 9, 2017
Posted in: architecture, imaging, slideshow, transportation

Portland, Oregon, a.k.a. “Bridgetown,” boasts twelve feats of engineering that span the Willamette River, some more majestic than others (sorry, Marquam Bridge). As part of our studio-wide fascination with these bridges, I undertook a 3d study of Portland’s most unique bridge: the Steel. The Steel Bridge was completed in 1912 as part of a massive […]

All About Aerials
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: environment, imaging, legal, mapping, real estate, tips and tricks

Investigating a motor vehicle crash or crime? Planning a trip? Shopping for a new home? For these, and countless other activities, aerial photography is a valuable source of information. You probably already know how to get it: Google Maps, right? That’s a great place to start, but dig a bit deeper, and you stand to […]

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 […]

Dishwasher Wheel
Posted by on June 30, 2014
Posted in: built projects, creative community, imaging, tips and tricks

This month, I teamed up with Bhaskar Athmanathan for a 3D printing experiment. Our goal was to replace a broken dishwasher wheel by creating a replica based on photographs and measurements. According to Forbes Magazine, the demand for 3D printing is expected to rise 20% every year until 2017. In my opinion, the omni-presence of 3D printing […]

Posted by on January 20, 2014
Posted in: animation, imaging, inspiration, mobile, web

Storehouse is a different sort of presentation tool that recently launched. Posts are composed on iPad, but can be easily shared for viewing on any device with a web browser. Functionally it’s a combination of WordPress blog-ability and Instagram share-ability, with the bonus content flexibility of video shorts. The biggest advantage of Storehouse is it’s […]

Human Factors
Posted by on October 8, 2013
Posted in: architecture, imaging, SceneViz

I just returned from the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES) conference in San Diego, where I was invited to speak at a session titled Animated Computer Graphics: Working with Visual Media Professionals to Create Compelling Presentations. I shared the podium with Dr. Gary Sloan, a human factors forensic expert, and Jay Syverson, of Seattle […]

AR Bike Parking
Posted by on July 31, 2013
Posted in: geomodeling, imaging, mobile, photomatch, software

A month ago, we were making party prizes appear on a desk. Now we are making bikes appear in the streets. Continuing our exploration of augmented reality software, we have been experimenting with ways to visualize what new bike corrals would look like around our office. With a printed marker, a SketchUp model, and an iPhone […]

Making Holograms
Posted by on May 13, 2013
Posted in: creative community, imaging

As an undergrad, I spent many hours in the basement of Brown University’s 100-year-old Ladd Observatory making holograms: 3d pictures that look different from every angle. That basement was a bit spooky, but possessed two key useful ingredients for the amateur holographer: it was very dark, and very still. We used low power Helium-Neon lasers […]

Resolutions for the New Year
Posted by on January 2, 2013
Posted in: creative community, imaging, tips and tricks

So maybe I’m a bit of a design geek. Instead of a desktop image of some HDR landscape or pink Apple(R) atmosphere or family photo, I have reference grid of common image resolutions. I made it. It’s super handy when you make as many presentations as we do. And I think it looks cool. Want […]