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Quiet Zone
Posted by on March 10, 2015
Posted in: transportation

Chances are, if you’ve talked to us on the phone in our office, our conversation was punctuated by a train horn. That’s because until last week, trains coming through the inner east side were required to blow their horns at road crossings, and our office is within 600 feet of three such crossings! Luckily the […]

Mitigating Circumstances
Posted by on February 12, 2015
Posted in: legal, presentations, slideshow

Jury selection is under way in the trial of Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, aka the Boston Marathon Bomber. The defense strategy will likely rely heavily on the theory that he was coerced by his older brother Tamerlan who was killed a few days after the attack. But suppose Tamerlan had lived…what possible defense could be mounted for him? Last […]

Hillsboro Downtown
Posted by on February 10, 2015
Posted in: animation, construction, projects, software, transportation, Vissim

Changes are afoot in Hillsboro, where the city council voted last year to reconfigure its downtown streets from one-way to two-way (not without controversy). We worked with Kittelson Associates to create a base model for a Vissim traffic simulation showing how the new scheme would work, and the video was presented at a public open […]

Filmwinter in Stuttgart
Posted by on January 22, 2015
Posted in: architecture, creative community, inspiration

It’s been quite the season for travel among the staff at FPS. Sebastian had scarcely returned from South America before I was packing a bag for a quick trip to Europe. Flying to Germany and back in six days (in January, no less) is arguably a crazy thing to do, but my most recent film […]

Street Seats
Posted by on January 16, 2015
Posted in: architecture, built projects, creative community, inspiration, transportation

I met Rebecca Hamilton five years ago through a friend at my old office, the TENpod Burnside coworking space. Rebecca was excited about the new parklets that had been popping up in San Francisco, and wanted to see what it would take to get something similar built in Portland. She asked me if I could help […]

A few days in Medellin
Posted by on January 16, 2015
Posted in: architecture, inspiration

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to make a short stop in Colombia en route to my home country, Peru. I stayed in Medellin, a city I always felt curious to know more about. Not too long ago Medellin was known as the fortress of the cocaine druglord, Pablo Escobar. Two decades ago it was considered as […]

Graphics Advice for Lawyers
Posted by on January 9, 2015
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, legal

One of our specialties at Fat Pencil Studio is creating compelling graphics for litigation. We bring substantial graphic and technical knowledge to every case we work on, and produce a wide range of static and animated graphics to help lawyers communicate their stories most effectively. Another thing we do to help our legal clients is […]

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 […]

Construction Defect

This Fall, I had the opportunity to speak at the 19th Annual Oregon Construction Law Seminar in Portland. I shared the stage with Guy Randles of Stoel Rives, to discuss a few of the cases we’ve worked on together. One of these is just now making its debut in our portfolio, though it’s a few […]

Poster Sale!
Posted by on December 5, 2014
Posted in: creative community, graphic design, mapping, transportation

Now until the end of the year, our Bridges of Portland posters are on sale for just $24! Order one for yourself or a loved one by clicking here.