Category : legal

Total Station and SketchUp

For anyone who hasn’t gotten the memo yet, electronic measuring devices are the gold standard for collecting precision measurements for both construction surveys and crime scene reconstructions. Points in space are recorded by the device and logged either in a text file or with its own proprietary software. From there it’s just a matter of having the know-how to interpret and […]

The Uncanny Valley

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

Crime Scenes
Posted by on February 10, 2017
Posted in: animation, legal, SceneViz

Criminal law is interesting work, and I consider myself lucky to have learned about the process from an outsider’s perspective. In the past five years, Fat Pencil Studio has helped on numerous criminal cases—just a handful at first, but in 2016 we worked on ten, including seven murder cases. Whoa, what happened? Did criminal defense […]

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 […]

Vision Zero Action
Posted by on December 6, 2016
Posted in: legal, projects, transportation

I was heartened to read last week that Portland City Council is showing signs of taking Vision Zero seriously. After adopting the philosophy last summer that all traffic deaths are preventable, they took the next step by adopting an Action Plan that outlines 32 steps to take to make Portland’s roads safe for everyone. While […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visual Reality
Posted by on September 8, 2016
Posted in: legal, mobile, presentations, virtual reality

We’ve seen huge advancements with augmented and virtual reality in the past five years. Fat Pencil Studio has played with some of the technology, but never found a reason to use it for a client project… until now. We were retained by the law firm Heinson & DeDoubbelaere to help visualize the impact of a permanent sight impairment […]

Some Assembly (Diagrams) Required
Posted by on August 5, 2016
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, illustration, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical assemblies, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to an audience. Buildings, structures and mechanisms can all find themselves at the center of a dispute. Understanding how the parts of the assembly […]