What we do

Fat Pencil Studio helps you move ideas. You’ve got important information to convey, but it’s hiding in piles of documents. We’ve got the tools to take that technical stuff*, and distill it into a visual presentation that is easily understood by your target audience.

The result might be a logistics diagram, trial exhibit, infographic, or visual simulation—whatever it takes to clearly and effectively communicate your complex narrative and intricate project details.

*e.g., CAD drawings, photos, RFP documents, schedules, maps, surveys, engineering reports, data sets, medical scans, audio/video clips, the list goes on and on. We can even work with those sketches you made on a napkin or in the margins of a meeting agenda.

SceneViz is a unique process that allows people to consider a situation from literally all the angles. Here’s how it works: we develop a digital 3d model of the project or scene, then we help our clients tell their story by manipulating the model in real time. This powerful, interactive tool adds a realistic visual dimension to a proposal or narrative, and results in diagrams or animations that are invaluable in moving a project or case forward. It allows an audience to consider issues or events from different perspectives, and compare them in ways not possible with verbal descriptions, 2d drawings or even photographs.SceneViz can be used for:

Underwater Diver
Witness testimony, strategic planning, trial exhibits
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Seattle Streetcar
Project team collaboration and consensus building
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Williams Bikeway
Public outreach
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A diagram is a graphic that explains rather than represents. There are many types of diagrams, each with unique advantages. Good diagrams—ones that simply and elegantly express complicated information—are our specialty. These fall into several overlapping categories:

Mixed Use Tower
Logistics
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Caliper Brake
Assembly
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Peel-Away Diagram
Interactive
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Data is at its most powerful when it can be visualized. Our mapping capabilities can add 2- and 3-d geographical context to your project in a number of ways from beautifully styled static maps and animated aerial tours to interactive visualizations. We also specialize in organizing unwieldy chronological information into rich, beautiful timelines.

Calendar Time
Timelines
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Maps
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DataViz
DataViz
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Using a digital model and photos taken from a site, we can create photo simulations that accurately represent a proposed structure in context. This can help sell an idea or aid viewers in assessing the visual impact of something that doesn’t exist yet. We can also use photogrammetry to reconstruct 3d relationships based on photo or video documentation.

Visual Impact
Visual impact
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Highway Wall
Visual impact
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Bus Photogrammetry
Photogrammetry
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Animation and motion graphics make it possible to craft a complete visual narrative that highlights context and relationships, illustrates principles at multiple levels of scale, and clearly shows cause and effect. We can also take raw video and enhance, annotate or contextualize it so that the important information it contains comes across effectively.

Train Injury Case
Stop-motion animation
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Bus Collision Case
2d Motion graphics
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Cross Traffic
3d Flyover
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  • We use digital models as a collaboration tool to help our team develop a clear understanding of logistical challenges. Fat Pencil Studio helps us tackle ambitious projects, and prepare compelling presentations.

    Janice WestcottDirector of MarketingLease Crutcher Lewis

    Joshua’s unique background of engineering and architecture allowed a creative and constructive problem solving process that culminated in an end-product far beyond what we could have dreamed of.

    Carl Ivar HolmenCo-FounderBM Energy Group

    You guys did a fantastic job! Having Jason along for the pre-proposal meeting to see the existing site conditions was imperative to formulating the graphics.

    Blain GroverProject ManagerFortis Construction

    Working with Fat Pencil was great. Joshua has a real gift for translating concepts to compelling graphics.

    Alan HickenbottomPresidentTanner Creek Energy

    Fat Pencil Studio created 3d diagrams that helped us understand what each witness could have seen from their perspective. These were valuable to our team during trial preparation, and proved very convincing to the jury.

    Larry PetersonAttorney at Law

    Our experience working with Fat Pencil has been great. Their finished products have consistently exceeded our expectations. When we see their work, we often wonder, how in the world did they do that?

    Thomas BrexProduction ManagerAdvanced Energy Systems

    Everyone on the team was mightily impressed with your knowledge, responsiveness, and quick uptake on the details.

    Nanci KlingerAttorneyCity of Portland

    Fat Pencil Studio did an impressive job on every deliverable, working diligently to meet the project’s tight deadlines, despite frequent and multiple last-minute design changes.

    Katharine BrendleSenior Transportation Project ManagerURS Corporation

    The graphics helped communicate our story where words were just not enough.

    Eric H.I. HoffmanOperations ManagerHoffman Construction

    Fat Pencil Studio gave us a new appreciation for how visual exhibits can enhance depositions and trials. Their expertise and innovative work has been invaluable in building cases.