Category : interactive

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. […]

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 Year of VR
Posted by on December 6, 2016
Posted in: interactive, legal, projects, SceneViz, virtual reality

(Feature image credit: Faye Orlove for Marketplace) As 2016 draws to a close, I’m reflecting on a crush of breathless news coverage on the topic of Immersive Virtual Reality (VR). Most recently, I listened to an episode of the Marketplace Codebreaker Podcast, titled Alternate Reality, which included an excellent segment on VR in the courtroom. The […]

Zoom and Enhance
Posted by on October 13, 2016
Posted in: interactive, legal, photomatch

Last week I watched dash cam and body cam footage of a fatal police shooting in Charlotte, NC. It was both awful and frustrating. Awful because this is just the latest in a long line of racially charged police violence. Frustrating because the video is too blurry to make out important details. “If only we […]

ADX Panoramic Tour
Posted by on October 14, 2015
Posted in: creative community, inspiration, interactive, projects, software

At Fat Pencil Studio we are always excited to add new tools to the array of techniques that we use to visually present information. So when we were offered the challenge of creating a virtual tour of an industrial warehouse this summer, we jumped at the chance. We knew we would need two things right […]

VR Panoramas
Posted by on August 28, 2015
Posted in: interactive, mobile, presentations, software

Photographs and illustrations help bring a story to life in the way text can’t. We use them in every project. Panoramic photos and 3d models give the viewer a better sense for what it’s like to be in a place, but they don’t always translate well to a flat presentation. Recent advancements in mobile technology […]

Unity FPS
Posted by on August 10, 2015
Posted in: animation, interactive, presentations, web

I probably heard about Unity engine a year ago, I was aware of its potential for developing video games and I remember seeing it used for some amazing architectural visualizations. Unity is a software for developing video games and it has the necessary tools and features for simulating an engaging environment (physics, lighting, animations, audio, […]

Dynamic Components III

SketchUp offers great opportunities for interactive visualizations, and perhaps one of its most interesting features for this purpose is dynamic components (check our previous posts about them: I and II). I must admit, though, that I had not dared to try them enough to consider using them. But the right project came along, so I […]

Construction Defect

This Fall, I had the opportunity to speak at the 19th Annual Oregon Construction Law Seminar in Portland. I shared the stage with Guy Randles of Stoel Rives, to discuss a few of the cases we’ve worked on together. One of these is just now making its debut in our portfolio, though it’s a few […]