Category : SceneViz

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Live Design @ WeWork
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: creative community, events, presentations, SceneViz

Dug Ketterman of DugOut Design Studio and our very own Joshua Cohen co-hosted a real-time, 3D visualization exercise at WeWork, challenging 40 people to design a music and skating festival. This imaginary event was to take place in the North Park Blocks just outside WeWork’s doors. We brainstormed a tree house stage, hot dog stand, and skate ramp-jump over […]

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 […]

SceneViz 101
Posted by on February 23, 2016
Posted in: conferences, legal, photomatch, SceneViz

I’m a big believer in using 3d models to visualize crime scenes. The practice dates back to the 1940s (see Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death) when detailed physical models were used to train detectives. New technology has made it possible to create accurate digital models quickly enough to be used in active cases. Fat Pencil […]

Visualize BikeTown
Posted by on January 20, 2016
Posted in: safety, SceneViz, transportation

Nike and the City of Portland made a splash this month when announcing BikeTown, an expanded bike share system that will begin service this summer. Nike’s sponsorship and associated marketing might will be a big help in raising the profile of this new transportation option. What remains to be seen is how Portland residents and […]

Bike Shelters
Posted by on December 9, 2014
Posted in: built projects, construction, SceneViz, transportation

I spend a good part of my professional life figuring out how to visualize complex details ranging from construction defects to crash sequences. We’ve done some great work at Fat Pencil Studio this year, but I am equally proud of some out-of-office accomplishments. Over the summer I had an opportunity to lead the planning effort […]