Video: Aaron Draplin

Tall Tales from a Large Man

Filmed on October 12, 2013, at “Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference

About this video

Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron Draplin delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bona fide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple of tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design. Just a regular American guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, this video is available to all viewers—who are brave enough to watch. If you are a youngster, you may find yourself inspired to attack your design future in a different way. If you are established, you may leave feeling grateful you don’t have anything to do with him. Hard to say.

Speaker bio

Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on print, identity, web development, illustration and Gocco muscle projects. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night. Our “Proud List of Services” includes graphic design, illustration, friendship, clipping pathery, garying, jokes/laughter, campfire strummin’, road trip navigation, trust, guitar tuning, gen’l conversation, culture critique, color correcting, existential wondering, bounty hunting, heavy lifting, advice, a warm meal, simple ideas and occasional usage of big words.