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Brain Candy Roundup

Here at Fat Pencil Studio, we try to have fun in our day-to-day, which is why we’ve always made a point to include what we like to call “Brain Candy” in our newsletters. Over time we’ve amassed an impressive collection of fun but stimulating links that we want to share all over again—because they’re just that […]

FoodCorps Fabrication
Posted by on April 6, 2017
Posted in: built projects

In the old tile building on 7th and Salmon, several companies have reclaimed the light-filled office spaces. FoodCorps, a national nonprofit whose headquarters are based in Portland, can be found behind the larger window-clad facade. Their interior layout is based on their educational mission: the idea of a classroom with a large common area surrounded by several […]

Total Station and SketchUp

For anyone who hasn’t gotten the memo yet, electronic measuring devices are the gold standard for collecting precision measurements for both construction surveys and crime scene reconstructions. Points in space are recorded by the device and logged either in a text file or with its own proprietary software. From there it’s just a matter of having the know-how to interpret and […]

The Uncanny Valley

Featured Image: Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and the android based on his likeness. More at Geminoid.jp If you’ve never heard of it before, the uncanny valley is a phrase used to describe the discomfort-inducing zone that an image or likeness of a human passes through on its way from abstract to representational. The term was first coined in 1970 by […]

Placemaker Extension
Posted by on March 2, 2017
Posted in: creative community, geomodeling, mapping, photomatch, software, tips and tricks

Last month I had the honor of beta-testing Placemaker, a smart plugin that automatically integrates infrastructure data into 3D using the SketchUp geo-location feature. The full version has just been released (congratulations to mind.sight.studios!), and we are excited to continue integrating it into our workflow. Here’s a rough idea of how Placemaker works: the general […]

Crime Scenes
Posted by on February 10, 2017
Posted in: animation, legal, SceneViz

Criminal law is interesting work, and I consider myself lucky to have learned about the process from an outsider’s perspective. In the past five years, Fat Pencil Studio has helped on numerous criminal cases—just a handful at first, but in 2016 we worked on ten, including seven murder cases. Whoa, what happened? Did criminal defense […]

Portland's Steel Bridge
Posted by on February 9, 2017
Posted in: architecture, imaging, slideshow, transportation

Portland, Oregon, a.k.a. “Bridgetown,” boasts twelve feats of engineering that span the Willamette River, some more majestic than others (sorry, Marquam Bridge). As part of our studio-wide fascination with these bridges, I undertook a 3d study of Portland’s most unique bridge: the Steel. The Steel Bridge was completed in 1912 as part of a massive […]

Discover the Story
Posted by on January 12, 2017
Posted in: inspiration, legal, SceneViz, tips and tricks

Last Saturday I spent the day in a hotel ballroom watching Zoe Littlepage and Rainey Booth (pictured below) discuss their approach to visual storytelling. When the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) announced this event last month, I signed up right away for an exhibit table. After all, visual storytelling is what Fat Pencil Studio is […]

Continuous Phasing
Posted by on January 11, 2017
Posted in: construction, illustration, safety, transportation

Anyone familiar with our work knows we have made a lot of construction logistics diagrams. So when Stacy and Witbeck asked us to take a different approach in describing their planned phasing for the construction of a new streetcar line in Tempe, AZ, we were excited to try something new. Instead of showing five phases […]

Welcome Jannine!
Posted by on January 9, 2017
Posted in: creative community

We are excited to announce that Jannine Hanczarek joined our team right at the beginning of the new year! She graduated from Portland State University in 2015 and has lived in the Portland area for 10 years. Originally from San Francisco, Jannine studied physics and math before deciding to pursue architecture for her degree. With […]