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Satellite Art
Posted by on April 9, 2013
Posted in: creative community, inspiration

It’s no secret that it’s way too easy to waste time on a computer under the guise of “relaxing.” Hmmm, I’ll just take a quick break and check my email…oh yeah, I wonder if there are any new posts on my favorite blog…yep!…and links, too…it wouldn’t hurt to see if that stuff I’ve been thinking […]

Maps Engine Lite
Posted by on April 4, 2013
Posted in: creative community, inspiration, mapping, software, tips and tricks

I recently stumbled upon a new, easy way to make simple interactive maps courtesy of (who else?) Google. It’s an online interface called Maps Engine Lite (cousin of the more robust Maps Engine) that currently exists in beta version. You can create up to three layers of map data of 100 data points each, choose […]

March Madness
Posted by on April 1, 2013
Posted in: Uncategorized

It’s the beginning of April, but we’ve still got one more week of March Madness left. For those that are looking to play a little pickup basketball this Spring, have you considered using that wide strip of asphalt in your own front yard? Let’s think big here… bigger than a half court with a easy-dunk […]

SceneViz...now in 2d!
Posted by on March 28, 2013
Posted in: legal, projects, SceneViz, slideshow

This Spring, Fat Pencil Studio is offering a new process: SceneViz 2d, a fast and effective way to present evidence in motor vehicle and other injury cases. I’ll get to the details in a moment, but first the back story: In 2010, I served as jury foreman on a misdemeanor hit-and-run case in Multnomah County, […]

Sketchfab
Posted by on March 26, 2013
Posted in: software, web

Web-based 3d content is still in its awkward adolescent stage, similar to web-based video circa 2001: there are viewers out there but they require plugins or special software, the navigation can be limited or downright frustrating, and — while there’s some decent content available — there’s not a good way of finding or seeing it. […]

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 […]