I Can’t Draw Your Map

Creativity can’t be taught from a formula. It can be reduced to a formula but then it isn’t creativity anymore, it’s a set of instructions. Do these steps in this order. Use these tools and materials in this way. Follow the best practices map and you’ll be fine. We...

Different Stories. Different Outcomes.

Words Carry Meaning I think of scale modeling as a craft, and yes, as an art form. I strive to bring a craftsman’s mindset and ethic along with an artist’s eye for grace, form and simplicity to the work because I don’t make distinctions between scale modeling and...

Who And What Is This For?

What if layout design articles were written about people instead of a trackplan? How would that change the conversation? Author Seth Godin poses two questions that I think make a good starting point for our purposes: What is this for? Who is this for? What Is This...

Railroading: Simple and Pure

For each of us, there is something about railroading that moves us deeply. Maybe it’s the sound and fury, the complexity of a busy junction or the ballet of moving people and freight. Perhaps it’s the visual simplicity of a quiet branch. Whatever the answer is for...