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 […]

Better Block PDX
Posted by on October 2, 2014
Posted in: creative community, projects, transportation

From October 3-5, Better Block PDX will launch a streetscape demonstration in Old Town/Chinatown. The new concept will include an extended pedestrian space and a southbound protected bicycle lane on 3rd Avenue from NW Davis until SW Ash. The new street configuration sets the path towards a permanent alternative to the district’s weekend street closures, […]

Design Week Portland
Posted by on October 1, 2014
Posted in: creative community

Dust off your black-framed glasses…Design Week Portland starts in just two days! And for the third straight year, Fat Pencil Studio will be hosting an open house as part of the festivities. Come stop by the Ford Building on Thursday, October 9, from 4-7pm to say hi, have some snacks, and see some of our […]

Pedestrian Simulation
Posted by on September 16, 2014
Posted in: animation, projects, software, transportation, Vissim

Vissim is a traffic simulation tool developed by the Germany software firm PTV. It is capable of modeling complex real-world situations that occur every day on our roadways and transit systems. Real-time manipulation of this this model allows traffic engineers to see the effects of road development or signaling changes on traffic & pedestrian movement. […]

Staff Profile: Joshua
Posted by on September 16, 2014
Posted in: creative community

How Fat Pencil Studio came to be: It started as a series of freelance gigs back in 2004, creating marketing graphics for Portland area real-estate developers. I started to realize that the visual thinking skills I learned in architecture school could be valuable in a variety of other professions: construction, engineering, manufacturing…even litigation. The real-estate […]

Bridges of Portland Poster
Posted by on September 15, 2014
Posted in: creative community, mapping, projects, transportation

Exciting news! We have just finished producing a gorgeous and informative poster of the Bridges of Portland—including the new Tilikum Crossing and Sellwood Bridge. Check it out now at or read on for more info. For the past couple of years, we have watched the cabled silhouette of Tilikum Crossing take form near our […]

Streetscape : SketchUp
Posted by on August 28, 2014
Posted in: creative community, software, tips and tricks, transportation

“Streetscape”, our second SketchUp MeetUp event, will celebrate the powerful role SketchUp plays in shaping our environment. Join us for sunset views of Mount Hood from the offices of GLUMAC, on September 24th from 6-8PM. Presentation Topics & Speakers Doors will open at 6PM for refreshments and networking, and will close when presentations begin at […]