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Driverless Traffic
Posted by on June 7, 2016
Posted in: animation, transportation, Vissim

We had the opportunity to work with our friends at PTV America again, this time to create base models for a traffic simulation involving driverless cars flowing through a signal-less intersection. Here is one of the many animations that came out of this collaboration: NBC Dateline aired some more of these animations in a segment […]

Better Naito
Posted by on May 10, 2016
Posted in: built projects, creative community, events, inspiration, safety, transportation

Last summer, our own Yelena Prusakova was part of a core group of Better Block PDX volunteers that helped pilot a new traffic pattern on Portland’s Naito Parkway. (Read Mo’ Betta Block for a recap) This Summer, #BetterNaito is back, and Yelena has just released a fantastic video that documents the process of transforming the street […]

Lilypad Tiny House
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, built projects, construction, projects

The tiny house movement is, in fact, not so tiny, with millions of people either living in less than 400 sf or actively dreaming about doing so. Besides being adorable, what are the benefits of a tiny house? A tiny house allows you to live more simply, cheaply and have a lower environmental impact. There […]

Live Design @ WeWork
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: creative community, events, presentations, SceneViz

Dug Ketterman of DugOut Design Studio and our very own Joshua Cohen co-hosted a real-time, 3D visualization exercise at WeWork, challenging 40 people to design a music and skating festival. This imaginary event was to take place in the North Park Blocks just outside WeWork’s doors. We brainstormed a tree house stage, hot dog stand, and skate ramp-jump over […]

Summer Internship
Posted by on May 6, 2016
Posted in: creative community

Fat Pencil Studio is looking for a summer intern with excellent 3d modeling and graphic design skills to join our three person team in Portland. Job Description This is a part time, temporary position: 24 hours per week for 8 weeks during Summer 2015. The pay range is $12-$16 per hour, depending on experience. You’ll […]

The Expertise Gap

Have you heard of Pecha Kucha? It’s a style of presentation where slides are set to auto advance every 20 seconds, so it requires some rehearsing to get the timing right. I tried this for the first time at an evening session of the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS). I started by assuming the role […]

Design Week Events
Posted by on April 6, 2016
Posted in: creative community, events, inspiration, SceneViz

Design Week Portland is just around the corner. We’re excited about all of it, but especially want to alert you to the following two events: Fat Pencil Studio will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, April 20. Stop by for snacks and drinks and a whole bunch of technical illustration! Joshua will be presenting […]

Green Loop

The Green Loop is a concept for a continuous six-mile loop of active transportation and place-making infrastructure that would connect the east and west sides of central Portland. The concept has been around for a few years, but recently the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in partnership with Portland Bureau of Planning […]

OATS 2016

Better Block PDX presented at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS) 2016, curated by Katie Mangle of Alta Planning. I spoke about the role information design plays in our projects. The leap of imagination that helps Better Block projects become real changes in space use is accomplished partly with good visuals which connect the intent of the project partners with […]

SceneViz 101
Posted by on February 23, 2016
Posted in: conferences, legal, photomatch, SceneViz

I’m a big believer in using 3d models to visualize crime scenes. The practice dates back to the 1940s (see Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death) when detailed physical models were used to train detectives. New technology has made it possible to create accurate digital models quickly enough to be used in active cases. Fat Pencil […]