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Vintage Infographics
Posted by on June 28, 2016
Posted in: data visualization, graphic design, inspiration, mapping

(Above) Color-linked pie and bar charts illustrate the causes of death in Switzerland from 1890-1894 (Swiss Statistical Office). Looking back into history many infographic styles originated from detail-oriented professionals such as lawyers, meteorologists, surveyors, and nurses. Often a single graphic represented the culmination of a life’s work of research and involved extensive personal commitment to produce. […]

greenscreen Case Study
Posted by on June 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, construction, product, projects

For manufacturers of architectural products, SketchUp’s 3d Warehouse has become a robust platform for getting accurate 3d components into the hands of designers. You can now find featured catalogs from manufacturers such as Delta plumbing fixtures, NanaWall folding glass walls, and Satori Japanese wall finishes, among others. The challenge in creating useful SketchUp models for […]

Mount Hood Seismicity
Posted by on June 8, 2016
Posted in: environment, inspiration

Following Mount Fuji, our very own Mount Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world, with over 10,000 people summiting a year. Mount Hood can look like a different mountain from different vantage points, sometimes appearing very sharp and pointed, sometimes much more supple like it does from the Columbia River Gorge. The tendency […]

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 […]