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Welcome Back Lena!
Posted by on February 22, 2016
Posted in: creative community

As we bid a fond farewell to our studiomate Sebastian Marticorena, who has left Portland to pursue opportunities in Seattle, we are happy to welcome back our once and future colleague Yelena Prusakova! 2015 was a productive and successful year for Lena. She spent countless hours in the shop at ADX working on design and […]

Sebastian's Farewell
Posted by on February 19, 2016
Posted in: creative community

The time has come for me to move on and to step aside from my position as an Illustrator here at Fat Pencil Studio. These past 27 months have been filled with rewarding experiences and many exciting and interesting projects which I never thought I would have the chance to be involved with. This experience […]

Visualize BikeTown
Posted by on January 20, 2016
Posted in: safety, SceneViz, transportation

Nike and the City of Portland made a splash this month when announcing BikeTown, an expanded bike share system that will begin service this summer. Nike’s sponsorship and associated marketing might will be a big help in raising the profile of this new transportation option. What remains to be seen is how Portland residents and […]

Pow-Div BRT Outreach
Posted by on January 13, 2016
Posted in: events, illustration, projects, transportation

Since early 2014, Metro has been leading a planning effort to establish a rapid transit line that connects downtown Portland with Gresham along SE Powell and Division. The outcome of the Steering Committee’s work so far has been to establish Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as the preferred mode (over rail), and to express preferences for […]

Seamless Textures
Posted by on January 7, 2016
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

In the world of 3d modeling seamless textures are important because they allow a small image repeat over a large surface, while keeping a manageable file size. SketchUp comes with a decent set of seamless textures, and you can download others from various sources on the internet. Over the past few months we’ve been able to create a […]

Blind Spot
Posted by on December 18, 2015
Posted in: legal, photomatch, projects, transportation

Last week I flew to Philadelphia to present Fat Pencil Studio’s work in court. The story in this case was all-too-familiar: a city bus takes a left turn and collides with a person walking in the crosswalk. The driver never saw him, but a security camera did. We worked on a similar case two years ago, and […]

SketchUp 2016
Posted by on December 18, 2015
Posted in: software, tips and tricks

A special time of the year has arrived, and I am talking of course about the just released SketchUp 2016. Every year we get a few new upgrades with our preferred 3D modeling software. Some of the improvements are useful for all SketchUp users while others are only relevant for those working in certain industries. Here is a brief overview of […]

Holiday Poster Sale!
Posted by on December 7, 2015
Posted in: graphic design, mapping, projects

Now until the end of the year, our Bridges of Portland posters are on sale for just $24! Order one for yourself or a loved one by clicking here.

Portlandness
Posted by on December 4, 2015
Posted in: creative community, data visualization, mapping

If you’ve ever visited Fat Pencil Studio (or seen my SketchUp profile video) you know about all the maps and infographics that decorate our walls. They serve as inspiration for our work, and are pretty darn interesting to stare at from time to time. After reading an article about Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, I knew […]

CLT construction
Posted by on November 12, 2015
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an innovative and forward-thinking construction system that has made headlines in Portland recently. Originally developed in Central Europe in the mid-1990s as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction, it uses manufactured wood panels (made up of smaller, and therefore more rapidly-renewable trees) to create buildings up to twelve stories […]