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Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

GIS, a Wealth of Information…and Pretty Pictures

What exactly is GIS you might ask? Previously, you may have heard that word and thought of a pretty map, or that obscure software that municipal agencies use, or honestly had no idea. Today, you should hear GIS and think of the power of data and “location intelligence”!  Geographic Information Systems, or GIS for short, is at its core a digital representation of the physical world. Most people are very familiar with Google Maps or... Read Full Post

Zen and the Art of Design

I was working remotely from home…surely, I would need a “distraction” of some kind to keep me occupied during the pandemic? Luckily, I was able to buy a 1972 Yamaha 360 motorcycle (running, but in need of renovation). I have been enamored with this bike’s classic aesthetic since I was a teenager, but it’s also... Read Full Post

The Joy of Painting with Madison Dalke

Throughout my life, I always enjoyed painting and art. My father and I would watch Bob Ross for hours – marveling at the masterpieces he would create. As a shy child, creating and painting helped me to express myself in a way that words could not. My imagination, thoughts, and feelings would spill out onto... Read Full Post

Can an Introvert Succeed in the Design Field?

When you think of a designer, you may picture someone extroverted and outgoing who dramatically sells their creative vision. You may wonder whether someone who is more introverted can also succeed in the design field. Having successfully worked in this field for the past 15 years, I can say that the answer to that question... Read Full Post

Career in Transition: From Public to Private Sector

There used to be one thing I dreaded most when I was a public sector planner. It was a link on our website that read: “Email all council members at once.” Oh, the power of that button. That button could lead to countless hours of extra assignments, stress, and project complications. While in some circumstances... Read Full Post

3D: The Missing Link in Design Communication

When you choose a profession that is related to the planning and design of the built environment, you are taught to design primarily in a two-dimensional format. Master plans, site plans, and construction drawings communicate the design efficiently so it can be interpreted by members of the technical team and ultimately used by a contractor... Read Full Post

Encouraging the Ongoing Sustainability of our Urban Landscape

As globalization increases year after year, dispatching commodities across the globe, vegetation and wildlife also end up being inadvertently transferred from place to place. Naturally, this leads to foreign species being introduced into our local ecosystems. For the most part, it is unlikely the new plants or animals will thrive in their new environment, but... Read Full Post