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First Friday @ Ford
Posted by on May 21, 2013
Posted in: creative community

Select tenants of the Ford Building (including Fat Pencil Studio) will be opening their doors after hours as part of the First Friday Artwalk on Portland’s eastside. Stop by Suite 344 for snacks, revelry, and compelling visual presentations!

Making Holograms
Posted by on May 13, 2013
Posted in: creative community, imaging

As an undergrad, I spent many hours in the basement of Brown University’s 100-year-old Ladd Observatory making holograms: 3d pictures that look different from every angle. That basement was a bit spooky, but possessed two key useful ingredients for the amateur holographer: it was very dark, and very still. We used low power Helium-Neon lasers […]

PPS Data Stories
Posted by on April 25, 2013
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, graphic design

Earlier this year I was pulled into a public debate about “enrollment balancing” and the future of neighborhood schools in N/NE Portland, also known as the Jefferson Cluster. My son’s elementary school was one of several considered for closure. Between public meetings and private Facebook groups there were many passionate remarks from students, parents, teachers […]

Peel Away Diagram
Posted by on April 24, 2013
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, legal

We’re excited to share a powerful technique for construction defect cases. We’ve applied it in a variety of cases over the past few years, but haven’t been able to brag about it because those cases are still confidential. We really like this technique, though, so we created a little demo project to show it off. […]

AE Book Review
Posted by on April 16, 2013
Posted in: animation, creative community, software

Remember when you used to have to go somewhere to buy software and it came on a CD (or more likely a whole bunch of CDs) with a book about how to use it? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Now, of course, you don’t have to leave your computer at all to acquire even advanced […]

Hyperlapse/Cycleodeo
Posted by on April 11, 2013
Posted in: inspiration, mapping

We use the Street View feature of Google Maps a lot to make reasonably accurate 3d models of remote locations (i.e., remote from our desks). Usually the views are pretty much what you’d expect, but sometimes funny stuff shows up. Now there’s a nifty web app called Hyperlapse that assembles this imagery into custom time-lapse […]

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, […]