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Loading Dock Injury
Posted by on August 9, 2018
Posted in: legal, SceneViz, SketchUp

How does a metal plate intended to bridge the gap between a truck and the loading dock become a safety hazard? In this case, a dock plate provided at a Portland area building was too small to work with some delivery trucks, but no guidance was provided for proper use. The end result was an […]

Family Tree Data Viz
Posted by on August 9, 2018
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, graphic design, illustration, inspiration

Earlier this summer, our studio got a real treat. A client came to us with a personal project – a genealogy data visualization. They and 70+ members of their immediate and (very) extended family were gathering in early July, and wanted to have t-shirts for everyone. Our client found a radial genogram online and suggested […]

Documenting Deady Hall
Posted by on July 9, 2018
Posted in: architecture, illustration, SketchUp, Uncategorized

One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 was to finish a project I started two years ago. In the spring of 2016, I was a soon-to-be architecture school graduate minoring in historic preservation. I was working on a course project, the documentation of a university building to the standards of the Historic American Building […]

All Models are Wrong
Posted by on July 6, 2018
Posted in: inspiration, Uncategorized

We get asked this question a lot: how accurate is that model? The short answer is: as accurate as it needs to be. Whenever we have measurements and/or dimensions available, our model reproduces them to the same degree of precision as the measurement came to us. Often, however, our models are based on a range […]

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 […]