Color in Persuasive Graphics
Posted by on January 10, 2012
Posted in: graphic design, legal

Color is a major consideration in any graphics project, but it’s an especially loaded issue when it comes to persuasive graphics, such as those used as trial exhibits. Some people think that color response is purely subjective. It certainly seems that way when I point out a color that I like to my husband, a […]

99% Invisible
Posted by on January 6, 2012
Posted in: architecture, data visualization, inspiration

I just started listening to 99% invisible, a tiny radio show about design, with Roman Mars. The stories are short, fascinating, and an inspiration for my work as a visual designer. One episode in particular, The Blue Yarn, really hit home for me. It tells the story of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and their […]

Posted by on October 31, 2011
Posted in: animation, projects

This brief animation highlights one drawback of a right side cycle-track facility. This was one of several options considered for the North Williams Ave Traffic Safety Operations project.   One of twelve animated clips created to help jurors understand an incident that occurred on a light rail train. The colored dots on the floor plan […]

Moving Pictures
Posted by on September 30, 2011
Posted in: animation, construction, projects

A "flipbook" style presentation showing construction phasing of the Park Avenue West tower in Downtown Portland. The project was put on hold in 2009, and has since been redesigned.   Footage for this time-lapse film was captured over a six month period in 2009. The Anvil is a two-story wood framed commercial building in Portland. […]

Visual Explanations
Posted by on August 4, 2011
Posted in: creative community, tips and tricks

(Above: A graphical of history of rock ‘n roll from the third of four classic design texts by Edward Tufte.) Recently, Edward Tufte visited Portland to deliver his highly acclaimed one-day course: Presenting Data and Information.  Reading the news coverage of this event brought me back 14 years to a meeting room at the Grand Hyatt in San […]

Announcing SceneViz
Posted by on July 7, 2011
Posted in: projects, Uncategorized

How well could you describe an event that you witnessed last week?  What about last year? Retelling a story accurately, without the visual context is challenging. People often understand words differently, leading to confusion or misrepresentation of the facts. Lawyers deal with this challenge frequently, so we have developed a new option for clients to […]

Posted by on June 8, 2011
Posted in: projects, SceneViz, transportation

The Rise of Collaboration. It’s a theme of the TED Talks. It’s what built Wikipedia. It’s driving social change. Working together enables us to tackle larger problems, using expertise from a variety disciplines. However, project documentation is often profession-specific, unclear to those of a different background. Enter Fat Pencil Studio. Our staff has the technical expertise needed to quickly understand […]

Exploded View
Posted by on May 3, 2011
Posted in: DetailViz, inspiration, projects

(Above: Exploded view of a gear assembly, from Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus, now available for online browsing.) We like to make things clear. When illustrating complex systems or assemblies, we highlight important components while maintaining sight of the surrounding context. Techniques like exploded view and cutaway diagrams are great for this: visually describing each part and how it […]

Seeing Solar
Posted by on April 5, 2011
Posted in: energy, environment, geomodeling, projects

For those planning a solar energy development, it may be easy to imagine what the finished installation will look like. Describing this vision to others… not so easy. That’s where we come in. Using a site photo and a conceptual layout, Fat Pencil Studio can produce an accurate 3d image of your project. Whether a […]

Posted by on March 1, 2011
Posted in: geomodeling, projects

Google is out to model the world. We’re here to help. Whether for sightseeing, research, or visualization, Google Earth has become an indispensable geographical tool. It brings together streets, terrain, buildings, street-level views, and now even trees, in a single window. At Fat Pencil Studio, we use it daily. This virtual earth wasn’t built in a day, though, or […]