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Williams Bikeway Funded
Posted by on March 21, 2013
Posted in: graphic design, projects, SceneViz, transportation

This just in (via BikePortland.org): The Williams Avenue Bikeway project has secured $1.47 million in funding from an Oregon Transportation Commission grant. This project has been over three years in the making, having become something of a lightning rod for urban issues ranging from traffic safety to racism and gentrification. Fat Pencil Studio (working with […]

Data Driven Demo
Posted by on February 22, 2013
Posted in: data visualization, DataViz, mapping

It was almost a year ago that we first mentioned the javascript library d3 (full name: Data Driven Documents.) So we figured it’s about time we post a working example… Here is a demo we cooked up based on public records of county health inspections of Portland restaurants from three months in 2012 (data from […]

Salon Wall
Posted by on February 22, 2013
Posted in: creative community, projects

Ford Food and Drink generously hosts a rotating exhibit space for tenants of the Ford Building. This month, it’s Fat Pencil Studio’s turn to strut our stuff on the salon wall. Preparing the exhibit was a great chance to review our work, spiff up old projects, and consider how our technical graphics might appeal to […]

Phat Pencils
Posted by on February 22, 2013
Posted in: projects

A while ago Joshua’s dad made him a present of some promotional carpenter’s pencils (that’s the kind of swell guy Barney is). Get it: fat pencils for Fat Pencil Studio? Well, we finally ran out of those branded writing instruments, and had to order a new supply–updated to reflect our new logo and graphic identity. […]

Logo Loco
Posted by on February 7, 2013
Posted in: graphic design, inspiration, Uncategorized

Joshua recently tasked me with designing some company greeting cards to use for thank you notes and official FPS correspondence. It seemed like a pleasant enough assignment, and my plan was to make a simple layout using our logo. But once I got started I discovered a bottomless passion for the formal and compositional possibilities…I […]

SceneViz Underwater
Posted by on January 25, 2013
Posted in: legal, photomatch, SceneViz

When I first sat down with the plaintiff in a recent ocean diving injury case, I was baffled by his explanation of what happened. I’m usually pretty quick on the uptake, even for complex, technical issues. But in this case I had no frame of reference to help me visualize the event. How could he […]

Wave Energy
Posted by on January 25, 2013
Posted in: energy, environment, photomatch

Oregon looks poised to green light plans to build wave energy parks in four locations off the Pacific Coast. The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan, which is due for a vote this week in Salem, strikes a balance between the desire to develop new sources of renewable energy and real concerns about impacts on wildlife and […]

Graphical Maps
Posted by on January 22, 2013
Posted in: graphic design, legal, mapping, projects, tips and tricks

So many exciting things are happening with interactive maps, it’s easy to forget about the potential inherent in good old static graphical maps. Don’t get me wrong: interactive maps are great. They’re a wonderful tool for data visualizations. And, as viewers, we can zoom-in and -out and pan around to our hearts’ content. But as […]

Paper Folding Fun Time!
Posted by on January 16, 2013
Posted in: built projects, graphic design, inspiration

It’s December 2012. The Fat Pencil team gathers around the FPS conference table. Joshua is the first to mention it: we need ideas for this year’s holiday card. We hmm. We haw. We talk about last year’s cards. We get sidetracked on a conversation about biking infrastructure. We hmm and haw some more. Then Joshua […]

Resolutions for the New Year
Posted by on January 2, 2013
Posted in: creative community, imaging, tips and tricks

So maybe I’m a bit of a design geek. Instead of a desktop image of some HDR landscape or pink Apple(R) atmosphere or family photo, I have reference grid of common image resolutions. I made it. It’s super handy when you make as many presentations as we do. And I think it looks cool. Want […]