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Square Open House
Posted by on October 11, 2016
Posted in: construction, events, graphic design, projects

A lot of the work we do gets presented behind closed doors to only a few people, so it’s always exciting when we get a chance to share it with the public at large. With construction for upgrades to Pioneer Courthouse Square slated to begin early next year, Portland Parks & Recreation was looking for […]

Penn Station Vision
Posted by on October 11, 2016
Posted in: architecture, creative community

(Images above and below via New York Times). I recently came across an interactive article in the New York Times that got me excited for several reasons. First off: it features the kind of simple, clear explanatory graphics that we aspire to produce at Fat Pencil Studio. Look how much you learn about the subject […]

Certified Content Developer
Posted by on October 3, 2016
Posted in: creative community, software, tips and tricks

SketchUp has launched a new set of modeling standards for its popular 3D Warehouse. Fat Pencil Studio has passed this SketchUp certification test to become a Certified Content Developer and is now featured on the SketchUp Resource Center page. In addition to setting a baseline for user-friendly models found online, the SketchUp certification training documents many tips for utilizing SketchUp tools. […]

Visual Reality
Posted by on September 8, 2016
Posted in: legal, mobile, presentations, virtual reality

We’ve seen huge advancements with augmented and virtual reality in the past five years. Fat Pencil Studio has played with some of the technology, but never found a reason to use it for a client project… until now. We were retained by the law firm Heinson & DeDoubbelaere to help visualize the impact of a permanent sight impairment […]

Vision Zero
Posted by on September 7, 2016
Posted in: graphic design, safety, transportation

Will we ever see a year with zero traffic fatalities?  What’s a good goal for your city?  What’s a good goal for your family? These are the kinds of questions that city leaders and individual citizens are grappling with as we work to embrace Vision Zero policies and behavior. It’s a laudable goal, but change can […]

Sullivan's Crossing
Posted by on September 1, 2016
Posted in: geomodeling, photomatch, rendering, transportation

It’s become a tradition for summer interns at Fat Pencil Studio to create a SketchUp model for one of Portland’s 12 Willamette River bridges. But what happens when all the existing bridges have been modeled? We look to the future! After briefly considering the I-405 Flanders Street pedestrian bridge, we set our sights on a […]

Some Assembly (Diagrams) Required
Posted by on August 5, 2016
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, illustration, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical assemblies, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to an audience. Buildings, structures and mechanisms can all find themselves at the center of a dispute. Understanding how the parts of the assembly […]

Profile Builder
Posted by on August 4, 2016
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

Hello! My name is Hunter Kirkland and I’m the summer intern at Fat Pencil Studio and an architecture graduate student at the University of Oregon in Portland. Part of my time here has been spent learning a new and exciting SketchUp extension, Profile Builder. When I first started investigating this extension at Joshua’s request, the idea […]

More Animator for SketchUp
Posted by on July 29, 2016
Posted in: animation, creative community, safety, software, transportation

Fat Pencil Studio has been Beta testing the new Fredo6 Animator plug-in, which (as of the most recent update!) includes a tracking camera feature. Of course I wanted to check that out right away, so I set up a model of a multi-modal intersection. The concern here is that visibility issues associated with the transit […]

Photo Sleuthing
Posted by on July 19, 2016
Posted in: creative community, photomatch, rendering

Yesterday this tweet caught my eye: Well, Mr. Gerrond, I think I can. I thought it was weird that Mike Pence’s daughter’s reflection doesn’t show up in the mirror, too. It sure looks like she should be there, but photos can be deceiving. Since Scooby and the Gang are on summer vacation, Fat Pencil Studio […]