Category : inspiration

Discover the Story
Posted by on January 12, 2017
Posted in: inspiration, legal, SceneViz, tips and tricks

Last Saturday I spent the day in a hotel ballroom watching Zoe Littlepage and Rainey Booth (pictured below) discuss their approach to visual storytelling. When the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) announced this event last month, I signed up right away for an exhibit table. After all, visual storytelling is what Fat Pencil Studio is […]

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 […]

Piccadilly Circus
Posted by on July 7, 2016
Posted in: architecture, creative community, inspiration, SceneViz

Perspective: it’s the way that we all see the world, so it makes sense to draw in perspective when depicting real-world objects. Take for example this elegant diagram of a London subway station, drawn by Italian architect & engineer Renzo Picasso. He chose a perspective view that enables us to see the entire station and […]

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. […]

Mount Hood Seismicity
Posted by on June 8, 2016
Posted in: environment, inspiration

Following Mount Fuji, our very own Mount Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world, with over 10,000 people summiting a year. Mount Hood can look like a different mountain from different vantage points, sometimes appearing very sharp and pointed, sometimes much more supple like it does from the Columbia River Gorge. The tendency […]

Better Naito
Posted by on May 10, 2016
Posted in: built projects, creative community, events, inspiration, safety, transportation

Last summer, our own Yelena Prusakova was part of a core group of Better Block PDX volunteers that helped pilot a new traffic pattern on Portland’s Naito Parkway. (Read Mo’ Betta Block for a recap) This Summer, #BetterNaito is back, and Yelena has just released a fantastic video that documents the process of transforming the street […]

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 […]

Design Week Events
Posted by on April 6, 2016
Posted in: creative community, events, inspiration, SceneViz

Design Week Portland is just around the corner. We’re excited about all of it, but especially want to alert you to the following two events: Fat Pencil Studio will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, April 20. Stop by for snacks and drinks and a whole bunch of technical illustration! Joshua will be presenting […]

Green Loop

The Green Loop is a concept for a continuous six-mile loop of active transportation and place-making infrastructure that would connect the east and west sides of central Portland. The concept has been around for a few years, but recently the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in partnership with Portland Bureau of Planning […]

CLT construction
Posted by on November 12, 2015
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an innovative and forward-thinking construction system that has made headlines in Portland recently. Originally developed in Central Europe in the mid-1990s as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction, it uses manufactured wood panels (made up of smaller, and therefore more rapidly-renewable trees) to create buildings up to twelve stories […]