Category : inspiration

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 […]

Citizens and Artists
Posted by on February 27, 2018
Posted in: activism, creative community, inspiration

These days (but also always), it’s especially important to consider what it means to be a citizen (i.e., “member of society,” not “person of a certain legal status”). If we believe in this whole “American experiment” thing, then, as citizens, we have rights and responsibilities. These are intimately linked: without the concerted efforts of people […]

Concepts and Prototypes
Posted by on January 12, 2018
Posted in: animation, inspiration

LAIKA is a Portland based animation studio with four Oscar nominated feature films under its belt: Coraline (2009), Paranorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016). No word yet on the subject of their fifth film, but they recently created a fascinating exhibit, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at their design […]

Put a Tree on it

Feature photo by Solterra Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed watching the construction of Solterra’s new building on the corner of SE 9th & Division. As the project nears completion, some unique features are coming into focus. The south facade hosts a giant mural by UK Artist Finbarr Dac. He’s painted similar compositions all […]

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  […]

Landmarks and Context
Posted by on September 21, 2017
Posted in: architecture, inspiration, mapping

Today, during a cold and rainy kickoff to the Fall season, I found myself daydreaming about a Summer visit to historic central Rome. Of course I got to see the major tourist attractions, but I was unexpectedly impressed by the victory columns. These monuments were built to honor Roman emperors by telling stories of wartime […]

Mapillary Action

Recently I heard about Mapillary, an open-source app that lets anyone with a camera and an internet connection contribute to a database of street view images from around the world. We use Google’s street view all the time to create 3D models of remote locations, so I was curious to see what Mapillary has to offer. […]

The Threshold of Detectability

Recently our studio got a copy of Eyal Weizman’s book, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Weizman is the founder of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in London and founded in 2011. They use a combination of forensic and architectural methods to investigate war crimes, assassinations, and other human rights abuses where there have been attempts […]

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 […]

Laser Scans and Precision Modeling

As we mentioned in our previous post on Total Stations, electronic measuring devices are the standard when it comes to gathering precision data for 3D modeling. Laser scanners are becoming more powerful, less expensive, and thus more accessible for folks looking to create very precise 3D models. For what we do here at Fat Pencil Studio there […]