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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 […]

Design Week Was A Blast!

Last month we co-hosted a Design Week open house with our office mates, Manifesto, and it was a hit! Right off the bat we had a huge group of high schoolers from an entrepreneur club come to see the space and discuss careers in design, which set the mood for the evening: busy. The loose […]

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 […]

Design Week PDX 2018

This year, Fat Pencil Studio is partnering with our co-tenants Manifesto Agency to host an open house for Design Week 2018. This Thursday the 19th, from 4:30pm to 7pm, we’ll be opening our doors for an evening of live data viz and storytelling. We’ll have music, giveaways, and custom Manifesto and Fat Pencil cocktails for […]

San Diego Bike Share
Posted by on March 21, 2018
Posted in: mobile, transportation, urban design

Last week I spent the day in San Diego to speak at a seminar hosted by the Government Defense Attorneys Working Group (GDAWG)– GREAT acronym. On a short cab ride down the sunny waterfront boulevard, I couldn’t help wishing I was making the trip on foot or by bicycle. The airport is just two miles […]

11 Stress-Reducing SketchUp Plugins

We here at Fat Pencil Studio use SketchUp, like, A WHOLE LOT. Part of what makes it so great is the plugins, (or, as SketchUp calls them “extensions”): not only are there just tons of them, but there are always new ones to keep an eye out for. If there’s something you wish SketchUp could […]

Operator Training Videos
Posted by on March 6, 2018
Posted in: animation, projects, safety, SketchUp, transportation

Every year, Portland Streetcar has to re-certify more than 50 operators on three routes (the A loop, B loop, and N-S line). With three different train types, sixteen miles of track and a tight schedule, that’s no small undertaking. So they reached out to us a couple of years ago to produce a series of […]