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The “Death of Architecture”
Posted by on March 8, 2012
Posted in: architecture, creative community

I came across an article on Good Magazine’s website that caught my eye: Why ‘The Death of Architecture’ May Not Be Such a Bad Thing. As someone who graduated with an architecture degree in 2008–perhaps the worst time ever to get an architecture degree–I was eager to hear about how “the emerging field of public […]

Data Driven Documents
Posted by on March 1, 2012
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, graphic design

Now is a great time for the visualization of data. There are the stunning infographics in Good magazine, the always compelling interactive features in the New York Times, and – of course – there’s ET. Encouraged by our ever shortening attention spans and craving for information as quickly as possible, the visualization of data is […]

Panoview
Posted by on February 20, 2012
Posted in: creative community, imaging

Here’s a little something I stumbled upon yesterday: Panoview, a company that creates ultra high resolution 360 degree photographs. Check out their website [update: no longer active] to see what they can do. I recommend going into full screen mode and playing with the different viewer settings. Impressive! And – even better – they’re located […]

Solar Highway Site Energized
Posted by on February 17, 2012
Posted in: built projects, energy, photomatch, projects

Last month, the Oregon Dept. of Transportation flipped the switch on a new 1.75 megawatt solar system. The project sits on 7 acres of land at the Interstate 5 Baldock Rest Area, just south of Wilsonville. Installing solar arrays in transportation corridors is common in Europe, but not so in the United States. Oregon’s solar […]

Edward Tufte, sculptor
Posted by on February 15, 2012
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, inspiration

We’re big fans of “ET” here at Fat Pencil Studio. No, not the Extra Terrestrial. Not Ernest Tubb (hey country music fans!). We mean Edward Tufte, information visualization pioneer and guru, and apparently now a sculptor. I came across this BBC News piece about Tufte’s new 3d endeavors. It’s always inspiring to see someone so insatiably […]

Google Maps Case Study
Posted by on February 10, 2012
Posted in: mapping

Continuing my infatuation with Google Maps, here is an interesting article about their behind-the-scenes development. An intriguing thought: “Drawing inspiration from nature, we wanted to make the roads feel like the veins on a leaf: clearly visible if you are looking for them, yet intrinsically part of the overall design; adding detail without adding clutter.”

SceneViz for Collaboration
Posted by on February 9, 2012
Posted in: projects, SceneViz

The Seattle Streetcar project team used SceneViz to visualize streetscape plans and discuss design and safety issues with stakeholders.   This SceneViz presentation was designed for use in a courtroom. Witnesses can select a location, zoom to a street-level view, and then use the resulting diagram to better explain their memory of the incident.   […]

Was Van Gogh colorblind?
Posted by on January 27, 2012
Posted in: graphic design, mobile, software

It’s tempting to assume that we all perceive things in the same way: the sounds we hear, the flavors we taste, the colors we see. In an overall general sense, this seems to be the case: we can interpret the same sounds (though maybe not agree on the same music), identify similar tastes, and read […]

iBooks Author
Posted by on January 20, 2012
Posted in: software

The free iBooks Author app was released recently, allowing any Mac-toting pedagogue to create and publish an iBook and sell it for $0-14.99 (-30%) exclusively through iBookstore. The features are pretty much what one would expect for the iWorld of touch and multimedia interactivity: customizable templates, media-rich glossaries, “interactive images,” movies, Keynote presentations and 3D […]

Each map is a unique - and very special - snowflake.
Posted by on January 17, 2012
Posted in: mapping, tips and tricks

We make a lot of maps here in the Fat Pencil Lab. These maps are published in all sorts of different mediums: print, video, web, presentations, white board, dug into sand, etc. And we make maps for all sorts of reasons, highlighting all sorts of different things. That’s why I was thrilled to learn simple […]