Category : legal

Judge throws out 3d model
Posted by on June 12, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz

When I saw the headline in Monday’s Oregonian, “Judge throws out 3d model,” I was nervous. The case in question, USA vs Joseph Astarita, has generated tremendous media interest because it is related to the shooting death of Robert “LeVoy” Finicum, a spokesman for the group of armed protestors that took over Oregon’s Malheur National […]

Las Vegas Tour Bus Sideswipes Bicyclist
Posted by on June 1, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz, transportation

When a person dies in a motor vehicle collision, it can be a challenge to figure out who was at fault. One of the key witnesses (the victim) is dead, and those that remain at the scene can be traumatized or biased. In an ideal world, investigators would have the time and resources to identify […]

Cell Phone Data Tells a Story
Posted by on May 8, 2018
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, legal, projects, slideshow

We recently had the opportunity to work with criminal defense counsel on a case with an interesting set of facts. It was known that three people traveled across state lines, and that illegal activities ensued. The precise nature of these activities, and the motivations of the people involved, however, were hotly disputed. The legal team had […]

Many Audiences
Posted by on May 3, 2018
Posted in: inspiration, legal

I came across an excellent talk that Jonathan Corum, science graphics editor for the New York Times, recently gave in Copenhagen called “Design for an Audience.” The whole presentation is so thrillingly good from start to finish that I hate to quibble even a little, but “an” audience isn’t quite right. Because the talk is […]

SWAT Team
Posted by on April 13, 2018
Posted in: legal, photomatch

SWAT stands for Special Weapons and Tactics. Most urban police departments have a team trained in the use of military tactics and equipment including assault rifles, armored vehicles, and night vision cameras. These have become important tools in responding to crisis such as terrorist attacks. But bringing all that firepower into dense urban neighborhoods carries […]

3D Printed Evidence
Posted by on September 21, 2017
Posted in: DetailViz, legal, SceneViz

In January 2015, the show NCIS: LA featured 3D printing in its episode “In the Line of Duty”. The storyline followed the team as they investigated an attempt on the life of the American ambassador to Tunisia. The Tunisian crime scene was still “hot” and unsafe (and was 6000+ miles away), so the team instead […]

Morrison Bridge Update
Posted by on August 17, 2017
Posted in: built projects, construction, events, legal, transportation

Last night I walked down two flights of stairs into “the pit” of the Morrison Bridge. As part of a tour organized by WTS Portland, I got to see the current state of construction first hand, including the counterweight mechanism below the bridge. It’s not the first time I’ve been “down below”. Back in 2014, […]

Mock Jury at FORTE
Posted by on August 16, 2017
Posted in: events, legal, tips and tricks, Uncategorized

Recently I had the chance to participate in a mock jury exercise at FORTE. Trial attorneys from all over the country came to hone their opening statement presentation skills. FORTE focuses on non-verbal communication (our fave), and workshops, while designed for attorneys, include tips that are generally helpful to everyone in attendance. The subject matter for […]

Design Thinking, in Practice
Posted by on July 10, 2017
Posted in: construction, legal, product, projects, transportation

Last month we wrote about “design thinking,” an old idea that has found new popularity in break rooms and board rooms of companies from many disciplines. The theory calls for the use of visual tools and prototypes to engage a broad range of stakeholders in all stages of the design process. Here are some examples […]

Out and About 2017
Posted by on June 8, 2017
Posted in: conferences, legal, presentations, transportation

Fat Pencil Studio started attending summer conventions with the Oregon Trial Lawyers (OTLA) in 2011 and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers (OCDLA) in 2012. Besides being a good excuse to visit central Oregon, these meetings are a great way to show off what we do in person. If you are planning to attend one of […]