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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 […]

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 […]