How Do We Find Our Way in this World? Signage, of course!

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you got.” – Cheers Theme Song   Cities and towns aren’t the easiest places to navigate. Some are better than others to decipher, while others are completely maddening! Making these places and environments easier to understand and navigate increases residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment, encourages people to[…]

Landscape Architecture: More Than Beautification

“Communities need quality public open space for the sake of the community itself” – The Honorable Maurice Cox, Mayor of Charlottesville (2002-04) I had the pleasure of working on Montana State University – Northern’s Diesel Technology Center with a fantastic, highly collaborative design team. We started preliminary design discussions in 2015 and completed the project[…]

Secondary outfall

Secondary Outfall

JW Papez discusses the importance of secondary outfall this time of year in our monthly video series. About the Author James “J.W.” Papez  is the Professional Civil Engineer at Peaks to Plains Design. The firm provides landscape architecture, civil engineering and planning services for clients in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. During his[…]

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Fail & Fail Often. What Makes a Good Designer?

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” – Henry Ford I wanted to write an article about my creative toolbox. Something that could help others with their design processes, helping them become better designers, or some words of advice on “how to do” or “try something like this.” While trying[…]


Designspiration: Where’s My Inspiration When I Need It?

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Inspiration is a fickle thing. It is difficult to be tasked with being creative daily, and I am often challenged to be constantly inspired by the world[…]