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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.

New in the Portfolio
Posted by on December 4, 2014
Posted in: animation, legal, mapping, projects, SceneViz, slideshow

There’s been a recent burst of activity in the portfolio! New projects include three court cases, all of which show the value of having an accurate 3d model that clearly shows how an incident occurred. Click on the links below to learn more about each one. Vehicle Entry (shown above), a case involving a head […]

Graphic Display Skinning
Posted by on November 6, 2014
Posted in: graphic design, illustration, software, tips and tricks

In computing, a “skin” is a custom graphical appearance that can be applied to a program or interface. Products—cellphone cases and laptops, for example—can have skins that allow the user to change their appearance at will. The ability to quickly replace, update and visualize graphics is also a useful design tool for people who work […]

September @ MOMA
Posted by on October 29, 2014
Posted in: Uncategorized

  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 […]

Free Parking
Posted by on October 24, 2014
Posted in: environment, inspiration, real estate, transportation

What is the purpose of city streets? You might think that streets are just for moving people and goods, but this is not entirely true. In fact, about one third of the space (more or less depending on street type) is used for storage of private vehicles and other stuff, a.k.a. parking. To get a feeling […]

Skp Aha! Moment
Posted by on October 16, 2014
Posted in: creative community, software, tips and tricks

The other day I stumbled on a feature of SketchUp that I had long wished for, but didn’t realize existed. I’m not sure when this feature was added to SketchUp. I’d like to think it was somewhat recently, and not that it’s been right under my nose all these years. But whatever the case, it […]

Streetscape Wrap-up
Posted by on October 6, 2014
Posted in: creative community, software, tips and tricks

On September 24, we hosted our second SketchUp Meetup at Glumac. As of today, our group has reach 100 members after only two sessions. Thanks MeetUp, online networking isn’t just for dating anymore! A great turnout of professionals from planning, illustration, architecture, engineering and design came out for the evening. Dug Ketterman, Oliver Kuehne, and Nick Falbo showed […]

A Vision for Old Town
Posted by on October 6, 2014
Posted in: built projects, creative community, projects, transportation

Over this past weekend, Old Town business owners worked with a coalition of transportation activists and community organizers known as Better Block PDX put on an impressive demonstration of how a redesign of NW/SW 3rd Ave in Portland could radically change the character of the neighborhood. Third Ave usually handles three lanes of southbound traffic […]