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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 […]

Strong Argument
Posted by on December 2, 2016
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A well-designed graphic speaks for itself. And no matter how much ink is spilled or words exchanged on a subject, sometimes it really just comes down to the powerful statement a single image can make. As Portland struggles to manage rapid population growth and a hot housing market, City Council recently voted to phase out […]

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 […]

ASLA-MN Award
Posted by on June 1, 2015
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Congratulations to our client Chris Carlson on winning two state awards from the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects [Honor Award, Communication: Mind Land: A Short Field Guide; Merit Award, Analysis and Planning: Peter Mitchell Landscape Framework Plan]. Both projects provide progressive reclamation practices and a long-term (60 year) strategy for reclaiming […]

September @ MOMA
Posted by on October 29, 2014
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  My favorite camera is my film Hasselblad—a little brick—portable and heavy duty. When I go climbing, that Hasselblad is part of my enjoyment. A while ago, pinhole diagrams and suspended disbelief convinced me that science happens here: light bends, distances focus, the real world becomes small and flat thanks to concavity and silver halide […]

Glacial Pace
Posted by on June 3, 2013
Posted in: environment, inspiration, Uncategorized

I’ve had some notes to myself for blog post ideas lying around that suddenly came together last week. A few months ago, I came across this article on the NYT’s Dot Earth blog about a proposal by scientists to redefine sustainable development in terms of a single, comprehensive “bottom line.” This in contrast with the […]

March Madness
Posted by on April 1, 2013
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It’s the beginning of April, but we’ve still got one more week of March Madness left. For those that are looking to play a little pickup basketball this Spring, have you considered using that wide strip of asphalt in your own front yard? Let’s think big here… bigger than a half court with a easy-dunk […]

Logo Loco
Posted by on February 7, 2013
Posted in: graphic design, inspiration, Uncategorized

Joshua recently tasked me with designing some company greeting cards to use for thank you notes and official FPS correspondence. It seemed like a pleasant enough assignment, and my plan was to make a simple layout using our logo. But once I got started I discovered a bottomless passion for the formal and compositional possibilities…I […]

3d Models: Web Viewing
Posted by on October 5, 2012
Posted in: software, tips and tricks, Uncategorized

One thing we like about SketchUp for 3d modeling is the availability of a free version for clients that want to review model progress. However, this does require installing the software and learning a few basic 3d modeling skills. For many clients these steps are not practical, so we end up sending 2d screen shots […]

Announcing SceneViz
Posted by on July 7, 2011
Posted in: projects, Uncategorized

How well could you describe an event that you witnessed last week?  What about last year? Retelling a story accurately, without the visual context is challenging. People often understand words differently, leading to confusion or misrepresentation of the facts. Lawyers deal with this challenge frequently, so we have developed a new option for clients to […]