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Vision Zero Action
Posted by on December 6, 2016
Posted in: legal, projects, transportation

I was heartened to read last week that Portland City Council is showing signs of taking Vision Zero seriously. After adopting the philosophy last summer that all traffic deaths are preventable, they took the next step by adopting an Action Plan that outlines 32 steps to take to make Portland’s roads safe for everyone. While […]

The Year of VR
Posted by on December 6, 2016
Posted in: interactive, legal, projects, SceneViz, virtual reality

(Feature image credit: Faye Orlove for Marketplace) As 2016 draws to a close, I’m reflecting on a crush of breathless news coverage on the topic of Immersive Virtual Reality (VR). Most recently, I listened to an episode of the Marketplace Codebreaker Podcast, titled Alternate Reality, which included an excellent segment on VR in the courtroom. The […]

Strong Argument
Posted by on December 2, 2016
Posted in: Uncategorized

A well-designed graphic speaks for itself. And no matter how much ink is spilled or words exchanged on a subject, sometimes it really just comes down to the powerful statement a single image can make. As Portland struggles to manage rapid population growth and a hot housing market, City Council recently voted to phase out […]

All About Aerials
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: environment, imaging, legal, mapping, real estate, tips and tricks

Investigating a motor vehicle crash or crime? Planning a trip? Shopping for a new home? For these, and countless other activities, aerial photography is a valuable source of information. You probably already know how to get it: Google Maps, right? That’s a great place to start, but dig a bit deeper, and you stand to […]

Flight of the Bumblebee
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: creative community, illustration, inspiration, rendering, transportation

Flying cars, long a staple of science fiction, could soon become reality thanks to rapid advances in autonomous vehicle and drone technology. What will this look like? Your own personal car with folding wings? Perhaps these will become popular with pilots. But for the rest of us, a different model is more likely. Two years […]

We're Hiring
Posted by on November 3, 2016
Posted in: creative community

Fat Pencil Studio is currently looking for a full-time technical illustrator with strong 3d modeling and graphic communication skills to join our Portland office. Update (12/21/2016): Thanks for your interest, this position has been filled. If you’d like to be notified of future openings, please subscribe to our email newsletter. Job Description You’ll be using […]

Zoom and Enhance
Posted by on October 13, 2016
Posted in: interactive, legal, photomatch

Last week I watched dash cam and body cam footage of a fatal police shooting in Charlotte, NC. It was both awful and frustrating. Awful because this is just the latest in a long line of racially charged police violence. Frustrating because the video is too blurry to make out important details. “If only we […]

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. […]