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Draplin Design Co., North America
Aaron James Draplin, A History
aaron_and_dad_history.jpg Father and Son, Fall, 2004.

Bred from the loins of the proud Midwest, this little fucker was squeezed out in Detroit, in the year 1973 to the proud parents of Jim and Lauren Draplin. Growing up on a steady stream of Lego, Star Wars, family trips, little sisters, summer beach fun, stitches, fall foliage, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding, at 19 he moved west to Bend, Oregon to hit jumps ‚€œOut West.‚€ His career started with a snowboard graphic for Solid snowboards and took off like wildfire soon after. Everything from lettering cafe signs to drawing up logos to thinking up local advertising campaigns were manhandled under the ruse of the newly formed-and gigantically reckless-Draplindustries Design Co.

After five winters out west, the kid sobered up and headed back to Minneapolis to finish up a high-falutin‚€™ design degree at the prestigious and painfully expensive Minneapolis College of Art and Design. During this time he polished up his design skills, learned how to weld and how to develop a photo in nasty chemicals. These were the salad days. He fell back in love with a strong Midwest that he once tried so hard to leave.

In April 2000, much to the chagrin of his proud Midwestern roots, he accepted an ill-fated art director position with SNOWBOARDER magazine. He moved it all down to Shithole, Southern California-alongside some hot, caustic beach-and wrangled some 23 issues of the mag. He won ‚€œArt Director of the Year‚€ for Primedia 2000, beating out such titles as Gun Dog, Cat Fancy and Teen. No other awards were bestowed in this period, and like he gives a rat‚€™s ass.

Thankfully, in April 2002, the Cinco Design Office of Portland, Oregon called up and offered a Senior Designer gig which he instantly accepted. He moved it all North to the land of rain and gloom and rolled up the sleeves to work on the Gravis, Helly Hansen and Nixon accounts.

The Draplin Design Co. finally stepped out on its own four hairy feet in the fall of 2004. All these years, he‚€™s proud to report that he‚€™s managed to ‚€œkeep everything out of the red.‚€ He rolls up his sleeves for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Dinosaur Jr, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires Music Festival, Poler, Incase, Sub Pop Records, Fender, Marc Maron, Cobra Dogs, Jill Soloway, Sasquatch Music Festival, Rhett Miller, Old 97s, Jason Isbell, Nixon Watches, Bernie Sanders, Patagonia, Target, Chris Stapleton, NASA/JPL, John Hodgman, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that.

He‚€™s been fiercely independent since 2004, and isn‚€™t going back anytime soon.

He lives and works out of a backyard shop in an undisclosed location on the means streets of Portland, Oregon.

There Are 261 Comments

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Posted by: Mike on 01/27/06 at 1:51 PM

draplin, thanks for the hat man! keep on truckin.

Posted by: jeff wastell on 10/12/06 at 2:28 PM

Thanks so much for the link man. I have a ton of stuff on flickr too. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shawn_brackbill/

Posted by: shawn brackbill on 02/22/07 at 7:39 PM

got something for gary. drop me an email man.

Posted by: Morse on 05/15/07 at 6:54 PM

love your work and commentary

Posted by: mark on 07/03/07 at 10:27 AM

I met you today while you were spending $400 on a stencil machine at an antique store! Anyone who loves type that much is ok in my book! I dig your work very much. Let’s work together on something.

Posted by: Patrick Craig on 07/08/07 at 5:54 PM

I met you today while you were spending $400 on a stencil machine at an antique store! Anyone who loves type that much is ok in my book! I dig your work very much. Let’s work together on something.

Posted by: Patrick Craig on 07/08/07 at 5:55 PM
Big Dam Gone in Your Neck of the Woods

Hey Drap, I heard they blew a dam out of the Sandy River, did you get to see that shit? Hopefully it will improve your fishin.

Posted by: CJ Girard on 07/25/07 at 11:50 AM

Big Dam Gone in your Neck of the Woods

Hey Drap, I read they blew up a big dam in your neck of the woods today. Imagine that, maybe you west coasters may just start yet another cool tradition. I hope the fishin improves for you. Later, CJHey Drap, I read they blew up a big dam in your neck of the woods today. Imagine that, maybe you west coasters may just start yet another cool tradition. I hope the fishin improves for you. Later, CJ

Posted by: CJ Girard on 07/25/07 at 11:54 AM

Big Dam Gone in your Neck of the Woods

Hey Drap, I read they blew up a big dam in your neck of the woods today. Imagine that, maybe you west coasters may just start yet another cool tradition. I hope the fishin improves for you. Later, CJ

Posted by: CJ Girard on 07/25/07 at 11:55 AM

Hmmmm…I don’t know who the hell you are, but I like you. I like you AND your bluntness. -I was doing a search trying to find some sort of weekend job, and “Carnies” crossed my mind. Ended up reading your story, and you frikkin ROCK:) -Thanks for changing my mind on that pal:)

Posted by: Sam/Samantha on 08/10/07 at 12:10 PM

Hey there! SuperWoof to Gary! He’s quite the handsome chap, and I can just tell from the site and the look on his face in the picture, that Gary ‘the Barker’ is a mischievous zany little hound dog. And I would know, being one myself! Let me introduce myself. I’m a two year old standard smooth black and tan dachshund living in London, England. And by all means, come have a sniff around my dog blog (www.philosophising.com). As your two-legged is a designer by profession, comments would be welcome.

Awoof to Gary and Aaron and all others at Draplin Design Co. (I saw your ‘A very long breed wood cut out and was impressed).

Awoof! Archie

Posted by: archibald esquire on 09/04/07 at 4:02 AM

Hey there! SuperWoof to Gary! He’s quite the handsome chap, and I can just tell from the site and the look on his face in the picture, that Gary ‘the Barker’ is a mischievous zany little hound dog. And I would know, being one myself! Let me introduce myself. I’m a two year old standard smooth black and tan dachshund living in London, England. And by all means, come have a sniff around my dog blog (www.philosophising.com). As your two-legged is a designer by profession, comments would be welcome.

Awoof to Gary and Aaron and all others at Draplin Design Co. (I saw your ‘A very long breed wood cut out and was impressed).

Awoof! Archie

Posted by: archibald esquire on 09/04/07 at 4:02 AM

Just found your link in the back of this month’s Snowboard mag. I lived in boulder the past 6 years but recently moved back to maine for a while and took a job with a small advertsing and design company. I met Basher and Lucky last year during an event that Satellite and Snowboard hosted. They told me your shit was tight, but I had no idea you also worked on Coal, Union and Grenade. As a fellow Snowboarder and Art Director, I think your work is inspiring and it kicks ass. You guys are taking that magazine in the right direction and its rereshing to see a different take on snowboarding. I used to get the mag at the shop, but after I moved I bought a 2 year subscription. Best 8 bucks I’ve ever spent. Keep up the good shit!


Posted by: avantagg on 09/22/07 at 4:42 PM

I have gotten nicer! It is true.

Anyway, trying to email you but i’ll post it here so you can get it. Maybe this is something that would interest you.
And, thanks for the kind words. If ever in LA, stop by Wed. for my type class that I am team teaching with two fellow students!

A personal heads up!
Otis will be launching an MFA in Graphic Design.
The duration of the program is three consecutive on-campus sessions in the summer plus two off-campus mentor-based session.
Three tracks of study to include:
*Social Responsibility of the Designer in Society
*Advancing the Profession through Theory and Innovation
*Typography and Type Design

Open House, late November 2007: introduction to program, meet faculty, tour facilities.
Applications Due: February 2008
Program begins: June 2008
10 appicants will be accepted each summer.

Please contact Jessica Hayes at jhayes@otis.edu if you are interested in learning more or would like to reserve a seat for the Open House.

Kali Nikitas
Director, MFA Graphic Design
Chair, Communication Arts

Posted by: kali nikitas on 09/29/07 at 12:21 PM

forgot something.
you were a great student. could not possibly forget you.
i am proud to see how well you are doing. and really pleased that your energy has not subsided one bit.
you are an exceptionally, generous and special person Aaron!

wishing you all the best!

Posted by: kali nikitas on 09/29/07 at 12:24 PM

Hey Aaron,
Can you give me a call?
310 665 6841 Thanks!!!!!!

Posted by: kali nikitas on 10/01/07 at 4:53 PM

whats up shirts look good glade you are not printing at diesel they are cock suckers use stickerguy.com in reno lm is going to the bend film this week and she sowed me this i dont know how to add it so go to wienertakesall.com it a cool looking move should be at the portland film later portland rain cores check out colins sandwichshop its the guy you met at seiones hes a friend from back home its at belmont & 61st later

Posted by: fink the man on 10/11/07 at 10:48 AM

your a man of epic Porportion. Marry My Sister haha

Posted by: Mitchell McKolay on 10/15/07 at 9:04 AM

Hey Aaron great meeting you over the weekend. Hope to stay in touch. I love you stuff.

I have a few pics of you up. still working on getting the rest up. And

Posted by: Long Nguyen on 10/16/07 at 10:26 PM

Hey Aaron,
I’ve been reading your blog for a while and it’s great. Just ordered some Field Notes as well and they’re awesome. Have you ever thought of letterpressing the cover? If you’re interested, let me know as I’ve added an old C&P to my studio. Come check it out next time your in Minneapolis and I’ll buy you the best bowl of Pho this side of Saigon.

Posted by: The Angel Bomb on 12/20/07 at 8:06 AM

aaron - i’m a friend of lee’s here in t.c. i’m opening a cool little boutique in building 50 and i’d love to carry your field notes and i don’t think the place will be successful unless i can get some of those 6” rulers to be displayed proudly at their side. what do you think? let me know how i can order them. i open in march and would love to get them before the 15th opening. thanks so much
i have to say i’ve had a great 45 minutes meandering through your site. hope to talk with you soon. dawn

Posted by: dawn campbell on 01/06/08 at 11:03 AM

so Aaron i was wondering if you might be able to hook me up with one of those tees….anyone will do Gary, Name tag, or the Orig! you let me know keep the faith. keep it strong and keep it tight.

Posted by: Mitchell McKolay on 01/14/08 at 5:46 PM

so what’s the difference between pink and purple? ha ha hey man. I just wanted to again thank you for taking the time to come all the way to fremont to share your thoughts on design. That was a lot of fun tonight and I would love to talk some more if youa re up to it. I am graduating this quarter with my BFA in graphic design and I have worked my entire life to make sure that one day I could work in the industry. I would love to hear your thoughts on how I can continue to make that happen. Thanks again man and I must say your a freakin comical guy and I love it….

peace and respect


Posted by: Tyler Mallory on 01/17/08 at 9:48 PM

Hello sir,
Just wanted to say thank you for coming up to our city and imbuing your design insights and experiences its rare to have a room with you guys in it and the time to talk. as well I had a question for you if you can‚€™t answer I completely understand, you mentioned that you print your catalogs in Taiwan, we have been printing in Canada but it‚€™s expensive and the page count is limited, if it‚€™s possible would you be willing to share your source for printing? Well see you soon in Vegas, come by our booth and say hello..

Posted by: stefan hofmann on 01/18/08 at 11:43 AM

DUDE…. I got involved in a hit and run today… the idiot seriously got out of his truck yelled at me a little and then drove off, but because I had my field notes trusty 48 page memo book with graph paper / Durable Material…. I got the guys license plate number, I love these things It will actually save me some money….


Posted by: Tyler Mallory on 02/04/08 at 11:29 PM

Hey! My name is Dayne Pillow and I am a Graphic Design student at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. I’m doing research for a magazine project and noticed that you’re the Graphic Designer for Snowboard Magazine. I was wondering if you could help me answer a couple questions about featuring products in a publication.

Are there restrictions for mentioning product names/companies in articles?

Can I get in legal trouble if I criticize a company for having a sub-par product?

If I have a photograph with a logo in it, like on a tent in the background, do I need permission from the company to publish the image?

What are the legalities of having a gear/equipment section? Do you have to pay a company to feature their equipment?

I think these questions cover my big concerns. I thank you for your time and effort in looking at my email. I know you’re busy and have a hectic schedule.

Dayne Pillow

ps_ The Flaming Lips kick ass!

Posted by: Dayne Pillow on 02/19/08 at 1:44 PM

hey draplin!
i admire your work and all but hey, when are you going to post the most recent “coal” catalogs? just wondering….

Posted by: orville esoy on 06/11/08 at 8:54 AM

Hey Aaron,

Please email me with your private address; i have some requests for Onboard Magazine in Europe! Like to feature something on Draplin / Field notes etc

Dig your stuff man - real nice!

Justin Day

Art Director

Posted by: Justin Day on 07/25/08 at 4:34 AM

yeah stuff is great
love it !
i’m a git me one of your hats !
might pick me up a notebook now that its for sale in Toronto
keep it up

Posted by: fatrobot on 07/31/08 at 12:48 PM


I thought of some of your images when I saw this. The lamp is a spent shell from a very large gun. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Frank The Tank on 08/04/08 at 8:19 PM

Hey Aaron - watched you talk about your tragic experience at the Sunset Motel.


All I can say to the grievance you’re filing is: “Exactly.” I’m a happy family-man-working-stiff so I’m not on the road much, but when I can I am doing my best to preserve photographic evidence of a time when Americans gave two shits about the way their environment looked. I can’t create my way out of a paper bag, but I know ethical design when I see it. I hope you don’t mind if I share the collection with you in the hope it’ll provide more encouragement and motivation. Knowing designers like you are out there dropping F-Bombs on contemporary sign makers makes me feel a little better. Keep it up, man.



Posted by: Dank on 08/19/08 at 8:47 PM

I just saw that video short on “the sign”‚€”fucking genius, can’t wait to see this documentary. Nice work.

Posted by: alanvalek.com on 08/29/08 at 7:54 PM

you totally rule with your passionate video teaser i found on gold digger blog. i am from petoskey mi, and i have a little red mini just like gary. omg
i live is sf now with my man and our son.
i would have cried for that woman who got raped by those mfing design jackoffs too.
just sayin.
props to you. you are rad and i am anxious for the doco.
i will attempt to request for friendship via facebook in a few days, so you will know who the f i am.
your design is so great. kepp up the great work.
a+ brother.
ariana beels

Posted by: ariana beels on 09/02/08 at 4:20 PM

Hey, I saw your video “America Is F*cked……. Graphically at least)” and I fell in love with it (no homo). Just wish that there’s more people like you around. Is it possible that I can embed your video or something, just a thought. Is there any ending to that story?

Chris, Singapore

(A fan of yours after watching that video)

Posted by: Chris Kalis on 09/04/08 at 12:56 AM


I really love the video. I have done the exact same thing and now I own many old metal signs from the 50’s & 60’s that have been replaced by shit. I think you may like the stuff I sell / restore. I am in the business of restoring and selling vintage advertising art, vintage posters. I love knowing that I am preserving this amazing for of art that most people don’t notice or take for granted.

I really like the Obama poster you designed. I would love to buy a few from you to put in the window of one of my galleries in Marfa TX. Marfa is a big Obama town and they also “get it” .


Posted by: Lee Milazzo on 09/16/08 at 7:24 AM

Aaron -
I want to send you a role of stickers from an old government agency that you’d really dig.
cannot find it on your blog.


Posted by: Justin Sirois on 09/26/08 at 7:08 AM

I thought this would be appreciated here, especially after seeing the video ‚€œAmerica Is F*cked‚€¶‚€¶. Graphically at least)‚€ .


Posted by: marknyc on 10/23/08 at 7:10 PM

Hey Aaron. I graduated from MCAD as of recently and I am now in the full blown corperate bullshit field - as well as the personal freelance on the side . Life, is alright and my bills are paid. Anyways, I was wondering, how you got your start in the industry. If you just created a brand and went from there - did freelance until the cows came home…or if you interned at snowboard mag and went from there….anyways, a friend of mine that worked for you named Isaac B. says hello.

Josh VP

Posted by: Joshua W. Van Patter on 10/29/08 at 11:00 AM

Please call or email me.

Posted by: Dunnett on 11/01/08 at 5:33 PM

Can you say slogan stealer??? Bachmann’s, Central Lake, MI…

Posted by: Susie on 11/08/08 at 6:44 PM

Just got the DDC socks and gotta say theyre amazing. Also, thanks for the extra field notes. I got a few way back when and now Im set for the foreseeable future(-e +a?)

also, the “Missouri Wind” in the address part was great - its one of the things that makes DDC amazing. Gary did a top notch job packaging them. maybe he was a sandwich packer in a past life?

Posted by: Rich on 12/04/08 at 9:06 PM

good to run into you the other day at thee taco shop. just skimmed your site, pretty cool. did you really work as a carny?..liked the cheeta fight pics. gives me a few ideas, . i still have some stickers you gave me adorning my mountain bike from way back in 96?

Posted by: dulce on 12/18/08 at 12:39 PM

Too damn funny. Found the little shit that used to drive that white piece-of-crap minivan blowing blue smoke. Looks like you’ve come a long way, good for you, hard work does pay off. You always had the talent. Eating those damn Super Burritos. I like the ‘Nickle-Gate’ comment. Good to see your in P-town. Ever make it back over to Mt. B?
Anyway, this is Shaun, the tall bastard that you always were giving lip to…
Take it easy.

Posted by: Shaun Little on 01/24/09 at 1:34 PM

Aaron, its your nephew Tyler, i need to speak to you about some snowboarding design opportunities, could you please email me as soon as possible.

Posted by: Tyler Lukasiak on 02/14/09 at 4:21 PM

Congrats on being able to serve our country with that logo. What an honor it must have been for you.


Posted by: soli on 03/05/09 at 9:41 PM

Hey Aaron, I was doing some research and came across this…


someone’s biting your style…locally.

Hope you are well!
Shanta M.

Posted by: Shanta M.W. Prescott on 03/10/09 at 8:29 AM

um, i’m like in luv with your website. enjoying your streams of consciousness immensely— giving mondo inspiration to my free time. it’s easy to see why you get paid. you make it look easy and fun. total web-crush.

Posted by: molly on 03/11/09 at 1:01 PM

hey aaron,
thanks for the inspiration. i have been doing this along time and continue to be amazed and inspired. we have been down south junkin’ a long time. i love to see the shit you guys find. thanks

Posted by: gil shuler on 03/17/09 at 1:43 PM

Nice work Aaron, if we can ever join forces (video or film project), please drop me a line. I’m gonna blog about your excellent design. Cheers, Ted http://www.2headedhorse.blogspot.com

Posted by: Ted Newsome on 04/06/09 at 1:06 PM

I’m looking to do an article on DDC for Examiner.com. I recently published one on Wire & Twine and did an interview with Chris Glass. Perhaps I could interview you, too?
Lemme know.

Posted by: Fish on 05/06/09 at 11:15 AM

Hey Aaron, I just finished up some custom packaging and design for a twitter mix cd. I wanted to share the logo I came up with, with you. I am always inspired by coming here and seeing the nostalgic simplicity of icons and logos you guys post up. I think that bled in to my subconscious and was regurgitated in to this. Take it easy.

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Posted by: Jacy on 05/12/09 at 5:05 PM


Love your work! How do I get a poster from the show?


Posted by: Matt Ciaglia on 05/27/09 at 10:44 AM

Hey, you might like some of the designs shown in the gallery, here…


Posted by: martin on 06/23/09 at 8:16 AM

Saw this quote and thought of you and Field Notes:

I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
- Beryl Pfizer

Beryl Pfizer - a man in need of Field Notes.

Posted by: Todd Piper-Hauswirth on 07/30/09 at 6:59 AM

sorry we missed you when we were doing interviews in portland for the david carson documentary. maybe we can do something remotely.

Posted by: charlie trefry on 08/01/09 at 3:15 AM

Aaron, go to this site immediately. It’s hilarious.

Posted by: Liz Sukola on 08/26/09 at 7:47 AM

We need more photos of Gary (ASAP).

Posted by: Liz Sukola on 10/07/09 at 1:27 PM

FWIW…in about an hour, around 11am, KCRW (kcrw.org) will be streaming a live set from your friends, The Flaming Lips.

Posted by: rich on 10/16/09 at 9:56 AM

big city dongstick… i like that; perhaps trumps my “cockstain”!

Posted by: eric j. on 10/29/09 at 10:46 AM

Hi Aaron.

I spoke with you at Design Camp regarding the possibility of your doing a residency/workshop at Minnesota State University, Mankato sometime next academic year.

Please be in touch so that we may start the discussion and I can make a proposal to the Enrichment Committee.

Hope all is well. Harlan Bloomer

Posted by: Harlan Bloomer on 11/04/09 at 8:49 AM

I had a great time at your keynote for the Savannah Geekend tonight. Probably the best presentation I’ve seen at any of these conferences in a long time. Thanks again for a great chat.

Posted by: Lisa on 11/06/09 at 8:59 PM

I met you at Geekend - thanks for the inspiring talk, poster, and handshake. I wish my husband was there to see you … to see that it is cool to save old design like I do. My treasure is his junk.

Posted by: Steph on 11/08/09 at 11:04 AM

Greetings Aaron - just got my package of DDC stuff in the mail - thanks for the extra goodies. Much appreciated. And thanks for inspiring design realism.

Posted by: Ron K. White on 11/21/09 at 1:17 PM

Any chance of are reissue of the Anvil Strength Torso Cover? Sold out right now, I want one.

Posted by: Also Aaron on 12/29/09 at 12:17 PM

Aaron as I live and breathe, just ran into Jon Dayton downtown TC and he gave me your web address.

Looks like things are great for you. I bump into your old man from time to time and he keeps me up on your progress.

It’s good to see another form our college class doing what we set out to do!



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Posted by: ari on 02/11/10 at 12:13 AM

We need you!!
i know your good.. remix Android!!!
email me!

Posted by: Al on 02/19/10 at 6:54 PM

I have a new product I need a logo for. Can you contact me so we can discuss the product,logo design, pricing, etc.?
Narik McArthur

Posted by: Narik on 02/24/10 at 12:36 PM

Hey there Mr. Draplin.
I would love to talk to you about a really fun project.

Hope all is well.

Paul Safsel
( your co-NM addy judge )

Posted by: Paul Safsel on 03/29/10 at 10:27 AM

aaron -

i’m the executive producer for a site run by adobe’s experience design team. every week we invite people in the creative and development industry to write along with us, as guest authors. this group of about 100 people have long been fans of DDC and we’d be honored to have participate on inspire (the site).

we’re launching CS5 in a week and as i said, we’d love to have you contribute to this upcoming issue. it’s not about marketing the product or advertising it. in fact, we encourage our guests to be critical of what we do… if you have any good things to say, about our tools, etc, when then we’re happy about that too.

can i give you a call to chat about this?


Posted by: chris heimbuch on 04/08/10 at 4:38 PM

Big fan of your blog love the design you put up! I am not a designer by trade but I love art and appreciate many aspects of it. Anywho; I came across this video maybe you have seen it, maybe not but it was awesome and seemed like something up your alley.



Posted by: Duluth Minnesota on 04/29/10 at 9:44 AM


I agree. 1000 percent.

lets do this

best regards

Posted by: steve powers on 05/03/10 at 8:45 AM

Thanks for the PACKAGE! You are the greatest.

Posted by: Todd on 05/14/10 at 10:20 AM

Excellent job.

Posted by: branding agency london on 05/17/10 at 12:16 AM

Yes, MCAD is painfully expensive. And its adjunct professors are poorly paid, but the craft is important.

Posted by: Eric Hanson on 05/20/10 at 11:09 AM

Sorry, I never got back to you about the project I wanted to talk to you about. Life is CRAZY busy.
All good stuff though. When can we chat? You’re the perfect person for this logo.
Call me on my cell. 914-548-8139

Posted by: Paul Safsel on 05/25/10 at 12:43 PM

this is kind of hokey but might inerest you…


Posted by: Marc Schemansky on 06/05/10 at 3:52 AM
Posted by: Marc Schemansky on 06/05/10 at 3:58 AM

I was told that I was just like you. Kali Was my type teacher as well. (even though, when she was, I hated typography) check out my deal dude…www.septerhed.com.

please email me so we can chat.
I have some ?’s for you


Posted by: Nathan Sansom on 06/13/10 at 2:13 AM

i don’t visit this site enough, and always lose (gain?) an hour when i do.
keep it up! met you years ago, and glad you’re in our world. The Minutemen! yes yes yes!

Posted by: john logic on 07/16/10 at 11:33 PM

Hey there Mister.
Just wanted to follow up on Scott’s comments.
Are you cool with the changes?

Posted by: Paul on 07/26/10 at 9:49 AM

Saw this link at Dinosaurs and Robots. pretty cool:


Posted by: Jaimie Muehlhausen on 07/28/10 at 3:57 PM

this may interest you


Posted by: Marc S on 08/21/10 at 12:24 PM

Hey man,
I am a fellow designer handlin’ business in SF.
I was just peepin’ your new ID section, and saw you did the Paul Rodriguez and Stephan Janoski marks. So Rad. I have been skating my whole life, when I saw those marks I was really impressed. I knew Nike SB hired someone that knew what was happnin’!
Really stoked to see you did those. My mystery is solved…


Posted by: Kerry Flynn on 08/28/10 at 11:17 PM

Love the site and all the links you share, but recently a Dad_Chat file has been opening and downloading every time I visit.

Posted by: Matt on 10/03/10 at 7:49 PM

Is there any way that a guy 1000 miles away from Mancato could watch your 14 rules and 4 hour logo talk? If there is, a link would be appreciated.

Posted by: T on 10/09/10 at 8:44 AM

Aaron! Super stoked that you’re coming to town and doing a show. I will be at the opening for sure however I’ll be departing a bit early to check out Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” film.


Posted by: Geoffrey Schley on 10/15/10 at 1:53 PM
Posted by: The Minneapolis Egotist on 10/22/10 at 8:41 AM

Hey, I saw this online and immediately thought of you: http://www.kikkerlandshop.com/us06.html

Wish I could see the wall of all your logos! Will you be posting any pictures of it?


Posted by: Jenny on 10/25/10 at 11:25 AM

Aaron, thought this might give you a little kick…


Was good to meet you when you were here in AK.



Posted by: Benjamin on 02/16/11 at 12:52 PM

Hey Aaron,
Overdue thanks for all the great stuff you sent us.
We all carry a Fieldnotes book wherever we go.
Great stuff Thanks
Love you


Posted by: Tom Draplin on 03/01/11 at 8:34 AM

Hey dude,

Been rocking your hat way up in Duluth MN, and people have been coming up to me saying how awesome your work is! Never knew I was among so many fans up here its great!

Posted by: Luoma on 03/22/11 at 8:40 PM

Glad to meet awesome person like you Aaron. I’m so pissed at myself that I missed your speech at Y conference. Until, next time.

Just found that you’re the man behind Transmit 4 logo. I love Panic and I love you.

Posted by: Saya on 03/26/11 at 4:23 PM

This man really is a part of history. I’m sure that his son will perpetuate his father’s work.

I really enjoyed reading this article.

Posted by: Sarah on 03/27/11 at 9:40 AM

I think you need to check this little guy out….


Posted by: Meghan on 03/28/11 at 5:06 PM

I love you.

Posted by: Sheri.R.Smith on 04/11/11 at 1:10 PM

ok, so im probably really late at the comment thing, it seems like everybody has known about your dealings for some time now. Anyway, im completely stuck on your videos and work, collectively i have studied all your makings and time spent. im on your program and i love how you guys are taking it back! i find signs everyday that i commandeer and keep safe from this illusive time, current crap and shit fucks who dont keep real americana safe. THANK YOU, for reinstating this passion of real graphics and keeping it sacred!

Posted by: Jack McCann on 04/21/11 at 8:15 PM

Hey, on the off chance that you are out and about in the next couple of days, thought I would mention that I will be over in Bend doing a couple of daytime speaking gigs and night time drinking beer. I know Bend isn’t right around the corner or anything, but I would hate to have found out later that you were in the area and we just didn’t know. If for any reason you are over that way, my cell is 760-699-4303.


Posted by: Jaimie Muehlhausen on 04/27/11 at 11:59 AM

A friend of Sinuhe Xavier… he sent me a picture of a Maple and Bacon donut today - and he dropped your name ;)

Posted by: Graeme on 04/27/11 at 12:45 PM

I ran across this today and thought of you right away, I am sure you have already seen it but here is a great start to a great weekend.


Posted by: Mike Hanyzewski on 07/01/11 at 7:54 AM

Hi Mr. Draplin

Im a fellow artist, but younger and with less of a reputation and I guess I want your opinion on my art if you can give it. My friend Eric met you in Portland Oregon at some point and since then has been a supporter of your art. He hooked me up with some of your stickers and I then checked out your work myself. I think your work is awesome and if you found the time I would like to show you my art. I post my work at www.greythreads.tumblr.com Anyways have a good one and keep up the good work that you do.

Posted by: Spencer on 07/12/11 at 2:00 PM

Missed you when visiting Mpls.
Is it possible to order the Minnesota poster I see hanging in the cubes of fellow creatives at Target?

Posted by: rae ann anders on 09/08/11 at 1:21 PM

what year is the forum recon 156 graphics from,or what year did the board come out?
ive been trying to find out and cant seem to do it,thanks if you can help answer this.

Posted by: heath yertsay on 09/28/11 at 5:05 PM

When is the Draplin Project set to launch? Been waiting for about 3 years }: |

Posted by: Baron Samedi on 01/19/12 at 7:31 PM
Posted by: Chris Browne on 01/19/12 at 11:37 PM

Hi Aaron,

I saw you give a talk at MCAD and at the Walker on the 6th March and was inspired. The way you see design is so unpretentious and I feel how it should be, not to blow your trumpet or anything. I was wondering and this is a big wonder if at some point in the relatively near future there was a chance to get an internship at DDC? I am studying at the University of East London (2nd year) and to be honest funds are pretty tight so I don’t think I would even make it to the US until next year (hopefully sooner), but thought I’d ask as I would love to learn some more!

Anyways thanks again for the talk and thanks for the field notes!


Posted by: Josh Walz on 03/21/12 at 12:09 PM


Sorry for the message board attempt to connect but here goes nothing.

I met you a couple years back on a C3 sales meeting at Stevens Pass. I was working with the guys in the Canadian Distribution and you were the designer for Coal that taught me how to eat “10 minute deep fried chicken” in a shitty little saloon near Johans cabin.

Long story short, I’m a fan of your design work and I’ve tried my best to follow your projects all the way up to your latest day 89 with Kern and Bern. I know we have lost touch over the years but I figured this was worth a try. Hopefully anyways.

When I started a little passion project call the bneeth Time Capsule, it was a way to get a bunch of people in the same area and inspire one another to express ourselves via experiences and viewpoints that we grew up on and formed ourselves. I know your time is a hard one to give up so I appreciate you getting this far.

I’m a big fan of your work, and I’ve wanted to reach out to you for a while and ask if you would like to write a column or two on design for the Bneeth Time Capsule Project that is happening over at www.bneeth.com

Its up and running with a bunch of amazing contributors (photographers, writers, videographers, and one lone designer), but the end goal is to publish a couple blog entries from each person into a coffee table book.

When I think of the final outcome (coffee table) I was hoping to include a few more people that are part of making our industry what it is from a designer point of view.

Anyways, feel free to consider this message as a formal invite to become a contributor for a few pieces. Give the site a look and let me know your thoughts.

Hope all is well on your end. Thanks for the 1:13:31 presentation on thinking for yourself (walkerartcentre)

Mike Scott

Posted by: Mike Scott on 03/27/12 at 11:11 AM

Your talk on creative mornings taught me about myself.

Thanks a million


Posted by: Russell on 04/01/12 at 2:23 PM

Hey DUDE, having watched your talk, I thought you’d like this quote from Cicero, a Roman philosopher:

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the mother of all virtues.”

Posted by: Richard Hawkins on 04/11/12 at 9:52 AM

Hey Mister,

we never saw each other etc. I just saw your thing on creativemornings in portland. Nice, really nice. My parents own a family business making shirts (dress shirts, the real stuff you would never wear) in Czech Republic. We have been together with a Czech designer for many years by now. Really cool guy. I though of him many times listening to you, he is fast, gets his stuff done, does it well. When there is some pressing issue he works evenings and weekends, creative on his own too. Doing real work, being fair and doing it well. Check him out if you want: funkfu.net
Thanks for your words, the last rule is true. Respect and support to You, Mister.

Posted by: Vera Vavrova on 04/14/12 at 2:15 AM

Really enjoyed your presentation/talk at Zeba Design a couple of weeks ago. Found some great sites that would be a great hook for you:


Let me know if you need some help on your “road show”.

Mike J.

Posted by: Mike Johnson on 04/18/12 at 6:46 AM

Sorry I missed you after the interview. Email back, frank.dankwa@gmail.com! Thanks man

Posted by: Frank on 04/24/12 at 1:45 PM

Yo Draplin! So good hanging out last night, thanks for visiting Burlington, thanks for the free merch and thanks supporting the family. It really means a lot to us. Send me your email and I’ll send you some ROUGH FRANCIS tracks. See you soon bro!

-bobby (jr)-

Posted by: Bobby Hackney (jr) on 05/10/12 at 12:48 PM

Hi Draplin,I love your stuff I am thinking about start a T-Shirt label ,can you give me your business contact details so that I can communicate with you.



Posted by: Christian Ribeiro on 06/06/12 at 3:43 AM

Hey Aaron,
I found a link to a lecture you gave at Walker Art Center. I saw the Alaska Poster and had to come here to check it out…Coming from Fairbanks Alaska (live here in Portland now), just wanted to say you nailed the essence of Alaska, from North to South….really sick composition! Your shits really inspiring as a graphic design student…thanks again

Posted by: Aaron Boyle on 06/16/12 at 5:28 PM

The summer of “97” was an awesome ride, Going North and South in Alaska on Princess tours rail. I’ll never forget that you held the record for the most sleeping on the train.
I got in trouble because, Matt threw melons off the smoking deck while going over Hurricane Gulch. All the passengers were complaining about it. Kester blamed me for letting him do it. Take care, Patrick Knowlton

Posted by: Patrick Knowlton on 08/23/12 at 4:59 PM

Thanks for the great talk at Portland/CreativeMornings.

Posted by: Ann Laufer on 09/04/12 at 9:43 AM

The paypal link on the Envelope Eviscerator is wrong it put in something worth 14$ instead of the 5$

Posted by: Frank on 09/05/12 at 8:34 AM

I saw this site and thought, “Damn, this has Draplin written all over it”


Mike J

Posted by: Mike Johnson on 09/05/12 at 10:29 AM

Aaron - thought you’d like this:


on another note: where do I send images of type examples to you?


Posted by: Anna Rubino on 09/09/12 at 5:03 PM

Hi Aaron - I have some typography & packaging images I’d like to send your way -please let me know where to send - thanks, Anna

Posted by: Anna Rubino on 09/12/12 at 12:47 PM

I was just wondering if there is any way i can order a Utah poster from you?

Thanks, Regan

Posted by: Regan McLain on 09/14/12 at 11:26 AM

You have to make an NYC poster!!!!!

Posted by: Emily on 09/20/12 at 1:21 AM

The motel sign story on You Tube was amazing. Have you ever been to the mountains of Puerto Rico? (I live in Dorado P.R.) There is so much cool design up - there, and nobody gets it, people were too poor to buy new stuff and now the old things are being replaced with the new… crap!
Mid- century stuff that people just, throw out. Like bar stools that swirl around and amazing iron work beds and shit. You are as jazzed up as me? Let’s rent a truck and drive up there and get that stuff, take pictures of the owners and put it all in a cool bar, or cafe, or house, …or something.
I wish you could drive up there with me sometime. It would be fun.
Lisa Penfield

Posted by: lisa penfield on 09/28/12 at 6:40 PM

Aaron -
Yo whats up!!!!! For starters you put some wacked out sh*# on the web, congrats. I like what your doing-bringing the old and forgotten back from the dead.
I’m new to the graphic design of things. I have not been to school for it, i have been creating art for a while and want to break in to “design of the graphics”. Would you recommend me an Apple software program(s) that is geared to a beginner/ quick/ excited learner??

Many props - Cho

Posted by: winston correll on 10/05/12 at 12:56 PM

Hi Draplin Design!
My name is Mike Canning and I am from Little Silver,NJ in Monmouth County. I fell in LOVE with your work the first time I saw it on my Flipboard account through Werd.com. I was looking for a New Jersey poster but didn’t see one.

When Hurricane Sandy hit, my town and the neighboring towns were hit hard, some absolutely decimated. I write to you to ask you for help. As most of us in this area, we are deeply affected by this storm, but resolve to come back strong and proud.

I am working with my job as a high school English teacher on food, clothing, necessary items for those families and students who lost a lot, sometimes everything. I would be so appreciative if you guys could maybe create a Jersey Shore poster or a New Jersey poster or something. We could possibly use the posters for fundraising efforts for local charities/shelters.? I see with your work many famous places, landmarks, businesses, wordplay, nicknames, and so forth. I could help you guys in getting those logos and stuff if you needed! I just think it would be such a kick ass idea and would be so effing appreciated.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this and once again your work is totally awesome!!

Shorely Yours,
Michael Canning

Posted by: Michael Canning on 11/03/12 at 8:49 PM

Thanks for your recent interview on DesignMatters. Good sh*t!

Posted by: YD on 11/05/12 at 8:47 AM

I know that you make State Posters, which are pretty bad ass I must say, but I noticed that there wasn’t one for California. I also noticed that under your “Things We Say” link I found #12. ‚€œI fucking hate California.‚€ (Broken Record Diatribe.)
I hope this doesn’t affect you guys making a California State Poster. I’m hoping to possibly procure one once, and if, they come to fruition. (Oh, and if you do get around to making one, can you please be sure to add the city of Santa Rosa with maybe something that has to do with Snoopy since that’s where the great Charles Schultz spent his last glorious years…and it’s also my hometown.) ¬°Muchas Gracias!

Posted by: Oscar P. on 11/07/12 at 5:43 PM

Just finished listening to your interview with Debbie Millman. You’re awesome!

Posted by: Juan Mondragón on 11/09/12 at 4:36 PM

do you have a wisconsin poster??

Posted by: mitch ciohon on 11/10/12 at 10:14 AM

Love your state posters! Any chance you are going to release one for North Carolina? Would love to see one in red white and blue…

Posted by: Curt on 11/13/12 at 10:22 PM

Hey Aaron! Just heard your interview on Design Matters. Man, you are a breath of fresh air! I’ve listened to a lot of designers say a lot of crap, but there’s something different about you. You’re *real.* The next interview I listened to was some crap about brand strategy and I just couldn’t take it anymore. Anyway, thanks. And keep being awesome!

Posted by: Fred on 11/16/12 at 12:23 PM

I found your site by way of a post on www.foxinthepine.com and fell in love with your Washington state poster. I ordered 2 just in time for Christmas! Great work!

Posted by: Juliana on 11/28/12 at 12:09 PM

I too love your state posters. Any chance for another great midwest state like Wisconsin being made?

Posted by: Tyler on 12/01/12 at 2:16 PM

Hey Aaron, I’ve been meaning to send you a note or a case of some quality wet goods since I first saw the video of your 50 whatevers you presented for your Creative Mornings talk. But, you know how life gets too busy in this business. Plus, I had no burning reason to bother you, beyond saying hello, and I’m sure we know a bunch of the same people, and I appreciate the honest way you approach things; you know, that stuff. Anyway, then I got this invite to your Tall Tales talk here in Puddleburg. I thought, hey, that’s something worth checking out. Hey, maybe it’s even online. That would be convenient. Nope. But I did discover that this library in Somerville, MA (God, I love libraries) gave out free tickets to this show when you presented Tall Tales there, unlike this PAF outfit. I think they’re grubbing for $40 or $50. I don’t know much about Somerville, but the question in my head is how come they’re so much better than us about passing on the love and information? Where’s the Portland library talk with the free tickets? Okay, that’s enough from me. Hope to meet you sometime.
Cheers, Hank

Posted by: Hank Hosfield on 12/04/12 at 4:15 PM

Hi Aaron,

I’m from Citrix and just thanked you for what you said today (orange dress). Yes, what you said needs to be said about design, life, etc.. - a lot of us feel that way and it’s good to hear it out loud. :)

Or it’s good to see someone with the courage to say what they want to say, regardless of how it may be received or if it will be agreed with. Inspiring :)

Keep being real.

Posted by: Quynh on 12/07/12 at 11:29 AM

I just received a set of Field Notes “Washington”. Any chance I can land a set of Field Notes “Texas”? Actually a few sets?

Posted by: Dennis on 12/18/12 at 10:45 AM

Bro, dying for a Virginia poster. Don’t see one posted in the merch section. Hook a brother up.

Posted by: Buck Cram on 12/26/12 at 6:52 PM

I NEED an everything Wisconsin poster and I’m sure many of us Wisconsinites would agree.

Posted by: Shane on 01/11/13 at 11:55 AM

Re issue of the action caps any time soon?

Posted by: Billy on 01/14/13 at 7:20 AM

Aaron. Loved your talk in Boise. It was truly inspiring to a young student. Thanks for coming out.

Posted by: Bree on 01/29/13 at 2:03 PM

Just watched a video link of a Creative Morning through CC Chapman. My company is a few hundred miles down I5 and we would welcome you anytime you are passing through. I think you would enjoy our space and appreciate the small-town benefits.

I shared your work with my business partner/designer and there are a ton of similarities in your designs…
Keep up the good work.. One thing that hit me hard was the importance of friends and the ability to do good work for them.



Posted by: Ray Bartram on 01/30/13 at 1:14 PM

My name is Chris Henson and I am 49 years old. I like to watch trains and listen to music. Your website is awesome, although it doesn’t have as many naked women as the other porn sites I’ve been to. Also, if “laughter is the best medicine,” your website is that guy in a shirt who sells angel dust real cheap. Funny as a mother fucker. And you know how funny those are. I did not hear your interview, but am relieved to know that you sounded “real.”

Posted by: Chris Henson on 02/04/13 at 6:52 AM

Hi Aaron, I’m currently a GDSN student @ Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. When I saw that you’re coming for a lecture I freaked out. You’re a designer that I look up to and I look forward to your presentation. This is a little random, but if you’re in Bozeman, MT friday the 22, I’d like to invite you to check out our ROBOT themed show @ Wild Joes Coffee on main st. The show is a collaboration of local robot inspired art, performance, music, costumes, the robot works. I’ll also be showing my comic with life size robot/cardboard/handcrafted/recycled/7’ characters. If you’re here that early I would love for you to check out the show and am looking forward to your presentation. Designers like you are the inspiration for all us little designers trying to keep it real and create something other than meaningless crap. Thanks, -Catalin Corrigan

Paper Robot and Spark Plug
original/recycled/handcrafted comics


Robots Everything Show


Posted by: Catalin Corrigan on 02/15/13 at 10:09 PM

Very Vermont shirt? Please!

Posted by: ryan on 02/17/13 at 11:17 PM

Aaron, great lecture in Bozeman. It was fun to hear your stories and see your work. I especially liked the John Hughes story and thinking about those Uncle Buck business cards left for some random person in a taxi. Thanks for sharing with us and inspiring the young designers. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you around some time.

Posted by: Chris Schultz on 02/27/13 at 10:20 AM

Hey Mr. Draplin…just wanted to say I love your style of graphics…kinda they way I hope to design being from the Venice/Santa Monica area in CA…great artwork:) It has some great energy vibes. plz let me know if you are ever interested in getting a tshirt line started with your artwork I would love to help you!

Posted by: jackie on 03/20/13 at 9:12 AM

My boss ordered one of your California posters and when it came in I opened it and when putting it back in the tube, I accidently bent one of the corners and now the poster is damaged. I am desperate to get a new one to replace the one i damaged. Please let me know where I can order the California poster ASAP. I’m not terribly concerned with the cost, I just want to replace it for him as he was going to have it matted and framed. Thank you so much!

Posted by: Nikki on 05/14/13 at 9:39 AM

Hi Aaron, I’m sobering up in Reno and ready to start designing some shit. Just watched your spotlight episode on the Adobe site and ventured on over to here and before I knew it I was pressing the PayPal button for your NV poster. Thanks so much for your inspiration today! This comment box is my ‘square one’.

Posted by: Raj on 06/02/13 at 8:50 AM

Hey Aaron,
Just watched the talk you gave back in March ‘12 for the Portland/CreativeMornings. I really enjoyed what you had to say. It was inspiring and a great reminder to hold fast to who you are and what you believe in. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Jackie on 06/07/13 at 7:37 AM

Just bought an Arizona poster and love it! Can you do any custom work for a promotional project I’m working on?


Posted by: Dallas on 07/22/13 at 2:07 PM

Howdy Aaron,
So I was looking at your upcoming tour/gig dates and the first is New York City - Sept. 11, 2013. I now live here in the city and would love to see ya speak again if its a public gig. But, I can’t find any info on that NYC gig date; could you fill a brother in. If it’s not a public gig, well hit me up for a quick brew and some bs while your visiting!-Hope all is well man


Posted by: Cody White on 08/28/13 at 6:17 AM

HI, I just saw you on A Continuous Lean, and was wondering where you got that orange jacket,

Posted by: Ricardo on 09/10/13 at 9:58 PM

I love you kickstarter video.
Ditto on the “need to get dirty”.

I share you love and appreciation of the great design
from back in the day.

Posted by: John Anelli on 09/25/13 at 11:33 PM

Hi Aaron, Just saw that you are heading back where the BFA began…best wishes for a great show and talk(s). Enjoy the old stomping grounds. Stay warm.

Posted by: Becky Haas on 10/02/13 at 2:27 PM

Sans the flickering projector issues, I enjoyed your presentation last night at SAA… the only thing that would have made it a 5-star experience for me would have been for you to leave your political views less obvious. But getting past that, I could relate to the - starting from nothing and building a thriving business - enjoyed hearing about your journey - thanks for an inspiring & entertaining evening!

Posted by: Angi on 10/04/13 at 6:48 AM

Hi Aaron,

I saw your speech at the AIGA Conference last weekend and it was very inspiring. It was very clear that your parents had a large influence on you, (I found it particularly poignant as I lost my dad last December and feel the same way.) I am so sorry that you lost your dad so suddenly. I saw him at AIGA and he seemed well. You should take comfort in knowing that he got to see you give such a wonderful, inspiring, presentation that showed how much you loved him and your Mom.

Take care,

Posted by: Jen on 10/16/13 at 11:45 AM

My name is Jeff, or as your dad Jim always called me, “The Ghoul” He said I reminded him of a guy from a 70’s cable show out of Detroit. This morning when I got to work, I learned of his passing. I just want to say that Jim Draplin was one of my favorite people in this world. He was always ready with a joke….some of my favorite bad jokes were from him. To say he will be missed, is a huge understatement. Jim brightened my day on so many occasions. When he would come to our shop he would always stop and say hi. I’m not in purchasing and I don’t buy tools for work, so he had no reason to talk to me, yet he always did! A joke, a laugh and he always asked how my kids were doing and checked out their latest artwork that is plastered around my desk. The world will not be the same without Jim Draplin, however, I know that the world is a better place for the lifes that he touched and the hearts that he blessed. Rest in peace ya old Polock. We love ya!!!

Posted by: Jeff Janisse on 10/17/13 at 6:09 AM

Great job with our work! See you soon and I will be checking in with you. Safe travels!
Kisar Dhillon

Posted by: Kisar Dhillon on 10/20/13 at 10:21 PM

Draplin! So I just saw you at the AIGA gathering..I came here to check you out, your state posters are amazing….only one thing, where is Indiana? Maybe you could come here and we can show you how amaze we are! Hope to see you again.

Posted by: Ashley on 10/22/13 at 5:34 AM

First of all, I want to express my deepest sympathies to you and your whole family for your loss. I was at AIGA 2013 in Minn. so I got to see your loving father. May he rest in peace.

I really enjoyed your presentation.You were a breath of fresh air and a huge encouragement to me. I never grew up here and am quite a mix of cultures and influences…6 countries later and the 7th being the USA…so I’ve for the most part found myself the odd ball especially when hanging around other designers/creatives ‚€” not being cool like them if you know what I mean. And I’ve never cared to be but I’ve often wondered, even though I love what I do so much, if I’d just rather not be a designer because I really don’t want to be like everyone else… till I sat in your presentation… thank you for being genuine, for being yourself and for encouraging me to not give a shit if I fit in with the rest of the crowd or not and just keep on designing.

All the best!

Posted by: Dean on 11/08/13 at 5:42 PM

Hey! Do you have any Shitchyeah stickers left? I want all of them.


Posted by: Cody on 11/16/13 at 2:13 PM

Thank you for including The dB’s in your Notable North Carolina poster. We are flattered. PH

Posted by: Peter Holsapple on 12/09/13 at 8:15 PM

So I follow you on twitter but once I spent 5 minutes on the site with loves and hates I had an eery sense of more than midwestern alignment. And it makes me proud. Wilco, Weenies, TC and gorgeous design. Works for me.

Posted by: beth taylor on 02/20/14 at 11:11 AM

You crushed Tedx today. I could have left after your talk and my heart would have been happy. Give me a shout if you are game for grabbing coffee sometime.

Posted by: Dave Barcos on 04/12/14 at 11:51 PM


Fantastic job at TEDxPortland. You did the best job!

Have some business for you, please call me at 503 349-3765.

Nathan Bernhardt
Bernhardt Capital

Posted by: Nathan Bernhardt on 05/06/14 at 3:49 PM

I really enjoyed your recent talk at HOW Design Live. I share your interests in logo design and I wanted to share an example of how others also share your love for the bicentennial mark. One neighborhood here in Albuquerque had it embedded into the street. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=www.google.com&bav=on.2,or.&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.iZDr9Av0tZE.O&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl
Keep on junkin’ , big man.

Posted by: Kevin on 05/18/14 at 5:31 PM

Great presentation at the How Conference, but I’m with Angie (above). It would have been even better if you left out the politics.

Posted by: Lisa on 05/19/14 at 2:25 AM

Thanks for being such an inspiring human being. You are one of kind and thanks for spreading your love for design and sharing it with so many. Hope to catch you one of these days. -michael

Posted by: Michael Hernandez on 06/16/14 at 2:01 PM

Call me. I have a trade show on October 2nd, and need to know if you can produce your vintage looking paper products in that time frame…360-518-4481

Thanks Aaron

Posted by: Lars Lindberg, GB Manchester Inc. on 09/18/14 at 2:36 PM

I was interested in getting some designs done for some merch I am making, I make custom hats and apparel and are going to integrate my own line and need some help.

Todd Richardson

Posted by: Todd Richardson on 11/19/14 at 5:37 PM

I need some designs. How can I get in touch? Please email me.

Posted by: Todd Richardson on 11/19/14 at 5:38 PM

Hey Aaron,

I came across your video about your logo creation process from a FB friend and enjoyed you and your approach. I see my own style and approach in yours. I value simplicity, efficiency, and a more universal style that may beckon to older days without being too ‘hip.’ Keep up the great work! I’m fairly new to design work and will always appreciate insight, feedback, and knowledge of any kind. You can see my efforts at mattcoledesigns.com.

My story is long but I just started a creative internship with a local ad agency which I’m stoked on.

BTW your dad is one of a kind!


Posted by: Matt on 12/12/14 at 7:58 PM

Hey Aaron,

Just posting to let you know that you have inspired me to continue doing what it is I love doing. At first I was scared to quit my job and live purely off my design work…but you an inspiration man…you work is fucking awesome.

Keep it up!

Posted by: Josh on 12/15/14 at 6:10 PM

you don’t know me, but I just saw your ID/logo vid on adweek, the one that’s breaking a small part of the internet. as a proud portlander i ventured on to your site where I stumbled upon your homage to your father. I don’t know you, didn’t know your father, but what you’ve posted has to be among the most truthful tellings of the impact a father can have. thanks for sharing with the world.

Posted by: Ted on 12/16/14 at 8:53 AM

Hey, looking at getting a logo designed for my sneaker store in Australia. Want to get it done right. Please contact me on my email listed. Thanks

Posted by: Will on 12/16/14 at 5:29 PM


Just scribing a note to say “bravo, well done, amazing!” I just watched your lynda.com video for the ‘All Base’ logo that you created.

I know it wasn’t a real concept. But did you ever finalize the All Base logo? Or pick a favorite?

Your lynda.com video reminds me of so many good habits that I have forgotten along the way while working in “the biz.” So this was a great encouragement/reminder of things to practice.

Your work is beautiful, keep up the great work!

Posted by: Zak Renzetti-Voit on 12/17/14 at 2:34 PM

HI Aaron, I’m Suren and I’m from Sri Lanka. I just discovered your speeches and your website. Your a true inspiration. I am trying to learn design on my own and working on web design and stuff for my clients. And I think the passion and energy you put into your work is truly great. Thanks for sharing what you have learned with the world. Hope you will be able to do it for a long time. Thanks again Suren.

Posted by: Suren Dias on 12/18/14 at 5:05 AM

Saw the Lynda.com graphic challenge video, thank you. It was helpful, succinct and brought home the sensual wisdom of pencil to paper. Our minds are not locked into our brains, i appreciate it when people pull this bigger reality up to the stage to complement the tech tools and vice versa. FYI: Feeling aches at 40, you might want to look into The Omnivores Dilemma (Pollan)or Death by Supermarket (N Deville) and some cat stretching time. Talent like yours needs caretaking. Besides once you see the cracks in the logic, it can just piss a body off enough to do something different. All the best, really.d

Posted by: deborah on 12/18/14 at 7:24 AM

Received a few state prints in the mail today that I ordered from you. Blown away. Just beautiful stuff.

Your logo video is blowing up on social media. Very cool.

Thanks man and happy holidays!

Posted by: Mike on 12/18/14 at 11:50 AM

Hey. Saw you in a video. I’ve been looking for someone who can create a badass logo for me. You might be the one. Let’s chat!

Posted by: Erica on 12/20/14 at 4:28 AM


My name is Elle and I don’t have a disign bone in my body! That is not true, however, for my girlfriend Mo. She has been a freelancer for some years now and does awesome work (I guess I am obligated to say that, but it’s true). She really loves your work and has watched your videos. She really likes what you have to say! As you know, with freelancing, sometimes things are amazing and sometimes not so much. Unfortunately for this holiday season it’s not so much for us. I was hopin that you might be able to send her a quick note or anything! I know she would think it was really amazing!! Just incase you can, her info is:
Mo Pasley - Pasleydesign@gmail.com
710 4th Ave SW
Valley City, ND 58072

Thank you so much for your time and happy holidays!


Posted by: Elle on 12/20/14 at 10:42 AM

Hello Mr. Draplin,

I want to let you know that I really like and appreciate your work! Nothing is more beautiful and pleasant to the eye than simplicity and minimalism. I think that your style and your craftsmanship is absolutely GREAT.

I study Digital Design and Art Direction in Germany and you are one of the few people that inspire me and for that I want to thank you!

Hope that I will have the opportunity to meet you‚€¶It would be a great honor.

Best regards!


Posted by: Alex Silitra on 12/20/14 at 12:57 PM

Hey man. I just watched your video at http://twistedsifter.com/videos/designer-explains-creative-process-while-making-a-logo/

I just wanted to say thanks for sharing. I’ve always designed logos just because I loved it. I did it for my dad’s projects growing up and I’m not professionally trained. I can’t stand such pretentious design houses - probably simply because I feel intimidated. But your video really encouraged me to just do it cos I love it. Thanks.

Posted by: Peter B on 12/21/14 at 7:08 PM


Who manufactures your pencils? The reference archive you linked has inspired me for years but few “custom” pencil offerings compare. Your pencils look authentically made. Thanks DDC!

Posted by: Stephen Lee Ogden on 12/22/14 at 1:28 PM

hi Aaron,

Saw your logo challenge on lynda vimeo and very admired the way you come to a design, it seems simple when you talk through it which I always have had a major problem with, when it gets to design a logo i usually hit a brick wall or even any kind of design that given to me, i am finding it hard and nervous approaching any type of design which then make it much longer to get to a design solution, im at my new work place and it seems i get worse day by day. any tips on how to get more confident? im thinking of going into freelance since i prefer to be my own boss but hasnt got much experience or contacts, any advice on that would be very much appreciated. thanks

Posted by: Ty on 12/22/14 at 2:54 PM

Excellent tutorial you gave on ‘Lynda.com’. You would make an amazing teacher with your passion and insight. All the best in your career!

Posted by: Kevin Clark on 12/23/14 at 6:36 PM

Aaron Draplin…. That educational Lynda video in which you mention out of print books Trade Marks & Symbols Vol. 1&2 by Yasaburo Kuwayama are nearly impossible to find for a bargain price anymore!

Posted by: Pk on 12/25/14 at 5:56 PM

Dr. D - just caught the “All Base” piece you did on Lynda.com… dig your aesthetic and energy, truly inspiring! And if I can’t get me some All Base, I’m gonna at least go order me some field notes now - thanks for sharing!

Posted by: mr. rich on 12/28/14 at 12:43 PM

Found this video on twisted swifter and quickly ordered some field notes. As a kid I would repeatedly write my name, every way I thought possible. Some said I was vain. I just said that I liked the way letters worked against each other. I didn’t feel comfortable writing other people’s names. When I was 10 or 36!!! Still do it to this day. It was just kind of a way to see spacing, pace and thickness. Your video makes me want to get back to the board. Your philosophy is golden! I went to gatech as an architecture dude, almost left as a mechanical engineer!!!! Young and dumb. Can’t complain it worked out now at my age. But your video is awesome. Simple shapes simple colors and an idea go forever. Thank you Aaron. And that book by kuweyama…damn. gotta get one! The simplicity is the Beauty.

Posted by: josh on 12/30/14 at 10:59 PM

just a random question. I noticed on your Ohio poster that the alien workshop/elephont image is on the far right? was that just to make it fit or is that for Don Pendleton (he’s from Point Pleasant, WV. but lives in Dayton, OH) AW was in Dayton I used to skate there warehouse after school all the time.(long ago in a galaxy far far away)
Oh yeah and you forgot… Hanger-18 ?
Just curious I really dig your work either way tho-
J enzik?

Posted by: Jasen Enzik on 12/31/14 at 9:25 PM


I just watched your Logo Design challenge video and thought I’d leave some feedback. You are clearly a very talented guy and that comes across in your video, it’s well edited and fun to watch, I don’t normally watch videos for more than a few minutes but kept through this one because some of the ideas and things you were saying really resonated with me. I work in the UK in IT and have nothing to do with design, but I hope that you’ll be making more videos like this in the future because I really enjoyed it.

Posted by: Tom on 01/04/15 at 2:56 AM

Hi, I am really grateful for your influence in my design work and I have given my class a preview of your work. We are a (very) small academy in a pretty big school in Santa Barbara and ANY time you are in Cali you are welcome here. We are kinda the underdogs in a big, stylish, city but we make do. I wish you so much more success and happiness. You are clearly a wacky, fun, guy and I hope you can influence my students more in the future.

Posted by: Nicole Barr on 01/06/15 at 9:05 AM

Im a big believer in going big or going home. As an intermidiate logo designer myself, I look up to you greatly and I thank you so much for the inspiration. I wanted to ask you if there would be any spare or old equipment youve worked with to make your artwork that youd be willing to donate. I would be so humbled just to get a reply from you. Im going to Western Michigan University for graphic design, and from one Michigander to another, I thank you again for all of the inspiration youve given to me. I hope to receive an email soon!
-Dakota Avery

Posted by: Dakota Avery on 01/07/15 at 1:48 AM


You funny bastard.

Posted by: Shaun Little on 01/08/15 at 8:59 PM

Hi aaron ,

Iam from Ecuador, and i just watch the lynda.com challenge with you, and I really enjoy it, there were a lot of cool tips. But is no the reason why i am writing. I saw in the video a logo badge about a space shuttle, i like it very much, but i saw my cousin with a volcom cap with a design that i think very very similar, i coluld send it to you if want, maybe they copy youre design because it is too similar, even the colors.

Posted by: Luis Carlos on 01/11/15 at 5:28 PM

Can you recommend a local printer to make some bumper stickers. We want to share these with our kickstarter backers…so they can fly our flag!

I liked your shuttle stickers with the kiss cut in back. BTW, all the graphic design stuff I’ve done was fueled by your youtube video, podcasts and otherwise excellent f%^%$#’n storytelling…. Thanks mate!

Posted by: Eric Paulson on 01/17/15 at 3:59 PM


Love your work

Posted by: Maria on 02/06/15 at 10:32 AM

Thought this story on Marwood Vaneer Inc (Jeffersonville, IN) regarding skateboards and snowboards might interest you.


Posted by: Mike on 02/06/15 at 11:26 AM

My name is Kevin Jacobs im a working graphic designer. in 2012 i established a graphic design group called Full Circle Professional Design Group in Olympia WA. The group has been growing steady for the past three years. It would an honor if you would be able to talk about your approach to graphic design.

Kevin Jacobs

Posted by: Kevin Jacobs on 03/03/15 at 7:51 PM

hey Aaron my name is charles and I am a graphics student a the University of Alabama at Birmingham. and your art is awesome i hope that i can be as good of an artist as you i hope we be able to meet one day and you should come back to Alabama dude

Posted by: Charles on 03/08/15 at 12:14 AM

Do you have an email address? Would love to chat.

Posted by: Tim Calkins on 03/09/15 at 3:14 PM

Hi Mr.Draplin

Really have enjoyed all of your recent talks
Especially the one on the collective podcast!
I started my design career in the skateboard industry and have since moved on. Being familiar with skate companies and people involved I find myself a little lost on where to network outside of that with other designers.
Have ideas on where to network?
Thanks for your time
Chad -

Posted by: Chad White on 03/10/15 at 2:57 PM

Hi Mr.Draplin

Really have enjoyed all of your recent talks
Especially the one on the collective podcast!
I started my design career in the skateboard industry and have since moved on. Being familiar with skate companies and people involved I find myself a little lost on where to network outside of that with other designers.
Have ideas on where to network?
Thanks for your time
Chad -

Posted by: Chad White on 03/10/15 at 2:57 PM


Love what you do. Blows my mind- simple to the point and great conveyance.
I love taking an idea and meeting people to work on it with me- keeps me young and alive.
I have a new project- Canadian based- and thought maybe this could be something to do with Aaron.
Not sure until we talk but i wanted to send you my brief on what it is we want to accomplish.
How do i do that?

Posted by: Jesse Clark on 04/03/15 at 10:56 AM

Howdy. Guess I’ll start here.. so, I am on a quest to find the Sub Pop Sasquatch design on a t-shirt because my brother (former GM of KXLU) would love, and I want to surprise him for his birthday. Haven’t had any luck on your merch page, or sub pop, or elsewhere. Can you help a big sister out? Pretty please? Oh, and am stoked I got to see you speak at Cal Poly earlier this year—I think I was the token who knew who J Mascis was/is. ;-) Thanks, Mr. D!

Posted by: Cathee on 04/03/15 at 4:38 PM

Hey Aaron - let’s talk. I’m the one from Traverse City who sent you the handmade paper last month - and the sweet cherry sours too. Let’s work on something coming up for Field Notes - I spoke to Brian in Chicago & sent him the same package for his reference. Paper from coffee, blue jeans, other great recycled materials - why not, right? How about looking at a meet when you are back in TC for the skateboarding/art contest coming up here soon… YOU would DIG our facility and our paper artists and THEY would dig you right back. C’mon… make a gals day & say you’ll talk further with our group. Your Field Notes followers would love our story AND our fabulous paper! - Mimi

Posted by: Mimi Spaulding on 04/06/15 at 3:04 PM

Hey Drapin saw your TEDs video very AWESOME i was wondering if it was true about the FRIDAYS where you help people for free. cuz i need some help

thank you !!!


Posted by: Paul Park on 04/08/15 at 2:44 PM

Seeing if you’d be interested in speaking to a little group of creatives in Northwest Arkansas in the late Fall of 2015…

Posted by: Justin Williams on 04/10/15 at 1:15 PM

How about putting one together of Australia?
Thanks mate.

Posted by: Brin on 04/15/15 at 9:05 PM

Hello Field Notes,
Cave Art Productions is a production company in Portland Oregon, that is seeking to work with exciting products that allow for creative advertising through all media outlets. We have taken a few days to create some content for Field Notes, hoping that we can work with you to pursue advertising on social media and create a larger following of people that use Field Notes. My name is Samuel Adams I hated the computer, cellphones, twitter, facebook and understand the relevance of your product as I work with these technologies to get people interested in them. Understanding what I could do with technology to be creative got me interested in video, but I still love paper and I want to share creative ways people can use these books. I have many more ideas and would love to work with your team to make focused content that fits your current needs. Below are links to the Filed Notes content I created I look forward to talking with your team soon.
-Samuel Adams

Didgeridoo player and Field Notes Montage 15 second version
meant for instagram https://vimeo.com/125523158

Portlandia Spoof Intro & Old School combined

Didgeridoo player and Field Notes Montage
this version is meant for cellphones small screens https://vimeo.com/125517628

Portland Field Notes
Imitating the Portlandia intro https://vimeo.com/125520234

Old School
40 sec only actor talking about field notes https://vimeo.com/125521832

Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter/social media pics

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#naturenotes Deer love carrots as much as horses and the sound when they chew on them is just as enjoyable.
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Spring is here record which flowers your honey bees are visiting to increase honey supplies next year
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#Fieldnoteallergies I am allergic to purple magnolia flowers and have sneezed them to smitherines.
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#fieldnotesrock identification doesn’t equal purpose pee gravel is not to be peed on in public.
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#pocketharddrive the most high tech hard drive on the market never erases, has no need for batteries and fits in your pocket.

Posted by: Samuel Adams on 04/20/15 at 6:08 PM

Thank you for your awesome work! Are you planning on being in NY to speak in the upcoming months?? I missed out on your last visit! Rob

Posted by: Rob Tafflock on 04/30/15 at 8:13 AM

Hey Aaron,

Just found your work online and just to let you know it is great to hear and see people out there thinking along the same lines as us, we were a design company and then decided to dedicate our time to working for ourselves and creating products that meant a lot to US (United Strangers), it is invigorating to see the customer response to what we do and this means more than the dollars, we are young crew from New Zealand and taking on the big USA and loving every minute of it. Your work is inspiring and the logo work is sick. Keep up the work and not sure if we ever came to Portland would we be able to come visit your space?

Cheers bro,

Logan from Aotearoa (United Strangers)

Posted by: Logan Komorowski on 05/10/15 at 2:22 AM

Just coming down from the high that is the HOW Design Conference in Chi-town.

Saw your session and I am inspired to the hilt.

That said, could I, humbly, ask for a critique of my personal mark? I know you’re a busy man, but you never know until ya ask.

Thanks again for your words or wisdom.

Erin Potter - FUCK YEAH!

Posted by: Erin Potter on 05/11/15 at 11:01 AM


Just watched a video on Pinterest, that you did back in 2014, about inspiration from paper to final product “Logo Design Challenge”. Awesome stuff. Thank you for doing that video, because it helped inspire me to keep developing and honing my skills as an amateur graphics designer.

Really appreciate it!


Posted by: Chris Boggs on 05/21/15 at 6:20 AM


I just watched your TEDx Little Leagues presentation…loved it! I wanted to ask you if you are still carving out the 4-5 philanthropic hrs on Fridays? A few months ago I started donating 3 hrs each Friday morning to a local charity here in Louisville and it’s been a game changer for me (and the charity doesn’t mind it, either).

As a result I’ve come up with a concept I call the “time gift.” The initiative will help draw attention to the fact that we Americans dick around a lot (avg US citizen watches 5 hrs of TV daily according to Nielsen) and encourage people to give the greatest gift worth giving; their time. I envision something like this:

- participants are active within a local cause (or causes) of their choosing

- participants commit to an annual “time gift” consisting of a specific number of hours on an annual basis, which can be gifted to various causes

- participants log these gifted hours (on the honor system of course) throughout the year, either through a website or phone app interface, so details can be provided to the participants to help them measure their progress toward their annual pledge

- participants can be part of a group of “time gifters” who dedicate hours to a shared cause

I’d love to get your feedback on the concept, and also see if you would like to be involved (with the design aspects of course, along with other areas you may find interesting). My gut tells me we are on the same page…or maybe we just like the same movies. Anyway, a national campaign that could mobilize 100,000 “time gifters” each donating 100 hrs a year would yield 10 million donated hours. Powerful stuff.

Let me know what you think.

Cooper Sinclair
Louisville, KY

Posted by: Cooper Sinclair on 06/02/15 at 7:48 AM

Can I pay to use the Canada Poster graphics in an educational Curriculum Guide about Canada for the non-profit Memphis in May International Festival?
Can I get a high res version?
Thanks for info.

Posted by: John Doyle on 06/13/15 at 2:13 PM

Have you seen this? This looks a lot like you ‚€“ but somebody is claiming it was his design (scroll down the page to see what I mean)

Posted by: John Blain on 07/07/15 at 8:01 AM

Hey Aaron, when did you and your Dad go on that famous Route 66 trip?
You know, the one I wrote about in “Drivin’ On” ?? I would like to read about it again but I can’t find it in your archives. Please help

love Uncle Pat

Posted by: Patrick Q Steele on 09/16/15 at 9:55 PM

I was interested in your Alabama poster. I live in Huntsville, AL. Is there a reason why it says “HUNSTVILLE” instead of “HUNTSVILLE”, or is this just a typo?

Posted by: Rick on 09/19/15 at 8:04 PM

Hi Aaron. I needed some help designing a logo.

Posted by: Ronny on 10/07/15 at 7:59 AM

Dude, you made my morning. I just wanted say thanks. I’m designing a logo for a client and he is just being a difficult turd. I started watching your video from Lynda.com on logo design and it seriously made my morning. I’m smiling now! :-) Thanks again.

Posted by: Kama on 10/22/15 at 7:18 AM

I discovered you today on WTF. I was feelin low and was buoyed by your passion. Thank you for that. I can’t wait to get the California poster. Take care.

Posted by: Matt on 10/26/15 at 4:35 PM

heard you on Maron, interview. steered me to your art, I wanted to ask if you have any unused art similar to that used on album center stickers? - would make an amazing bass drum head art- thanks

Posted by: Chris Ryan on 10/28/15 at 6:31 AM

Hey Mr draplin I listened to your show on wtf it was awsome! I’m an aspiring father and it makes me want to be a better dad after hearing your story’s man. Oh your shit is cool as hell! Love it. Hey do a speach in spokane I would love to see it.

Posted by: Ryan coordes on 11/03/15 at 4:16 PM

Read that you will be participating in a “pop up” soon with a company called Folk, and wanted to find out how to connect with you to see if our company could be a resource. Please drop me a note or give me a call at (503) 295-3000. We work with a ton of entrepreneurial companies like yours here in Portland, and perhaps we could be helpful. I’d sure like to find out. Cheers for now, and all the best!

Posted by: Mick Piper on 11/04/15 at 2:53 PM

Dude! Thank you so much for such a refreshing talk at AEA! Damn fun.

I did the AV for you. Any chance you remember the very first song you played to open it up? I want to relive it again in my mind.


Posted by: Bullitt on 11/04/15 at 3:17 PM

Hello Aaron
I’m currently a student at a local collage and we invite local designers to participate in what we call a noodle soup. I would love for you to come see what we do and give you the opportunity to show us how you do it!
Thank you for your consideration.

Posted by: Justin on 11/05/15 at 2:43 PM

I found your logo video …while searching for Ilustrator tips

I had to find out who this cool, laid back designer was…

Your - real - is so refreshing …like Donald in an American manly midwest way..

“The strangling of America”

That is a golden topic….that says it all

I design / print large format window graphics that tape to glass ..i invented the concept as a former window painter

The past year NW RUGS , MATTRESS World digs my stuff
so Im on my way to launching it in a big way.

But anyway ..as a creative brain , I love seeing your free way of writing..this has freed me up in my approach to having t be appropriate on my site… your use of “fuck” is so funny…


Posted by: Valarie Atkinson on 11/12/15 at 12:36 PM

Hey Aaron

I just discovered your logo video and was intrigued …

So I discovered your also Portlander

I’m also a S Calif transpalnt living in Portland ..with a sign painting history..mostly window painting

Now, I provide HUGE “Tape on” - graphics for windows.

Its inspiring to see your free spirited… rebellion mixed with the occasional F BOMB that says so much.

Your site is worth studying ..you turn text into “Living - Breathing Force”

Posted by: Valarie Atkinson on 11/12/15 at 1:05 PM

Great meeting you tonight and thanks for speaking with me for a few minutes. Your program was excellent…interesting, fun and weird. Plus thank you so much for the poster and other gear. You are too cool just like Willy says. I hope to cross paths with you perhaps at a Fontaine or Delines show one of these days.

Safe travels,
Bloomington, IN

Posted by: Mike McAfee on 11/12/15 at 7:56 PM

I met one of your friends, Aaron Gleen of gleenhouse.com at my college, CSUSB. He asked me if I had a hero designer and I said you. In our conversation he said he knew you and that I should reach out to you.

So, here I am.

I graduate from CSUSB on December 12th and am really excited about getting out and designing some cool stuff.

The reason I am reaching out to you is because I would like some feedback on my portfolio. I have shown it to my professors and they like my work. Aaron Gleen said to contact you and see if you could give me some feed back.

I am currently working on my website, rickneilsen.com, and so it is not up currently. My portfolio is in an PDF format though.

If you have an opportunity your feedback would be invaluable to me.

Thank you,
Rick Neilsen

Posted by: Ricky Neilsen on 11/28/15 at 9:19 PM

Hi Aaron
Im interested in a logo design for a small building company just starting in Australia.
Wandering if you have the time or interest in working with me.

Best Regards


Ps Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Dave Adams on 12/13/15 at 11:40 PM

Hi Aaron ,

I am currently doing my Bachelors of Engineering and I wanted to do my Masters in Graphic Design.

Since you are a self taught Graphic Designer could you give me some tips about how to make a proper portfolio?

Since i am from a non arts backgrounds i am finding it really difficult !

Thank you !

Posted by: Hardy16 on 12/14/15 at 7:21 AM

Hello Mr Draplin,

Your work really inspired me. I would like to interview you for my blog as a source of inspiration for my colleagues and readers.

Best regards,

Pierre M.

Posted by: Pierre on 12/29/15 at 2:44 PM

Hi - I just ordered a product and need to update the shipping address. Can you please contact me ASAP? Thanks!

Ben Barr

Posted by: Ben Barr on 12/31/15 at 8:07 AM

Thanks for bringing Mercury Rev back into my listening rotation. Please don’t hold your disdain for Southern California against me.

I run a collection agency specifically designed to serve freelancers and small businesses when their clients try to skip out on the bill. I’m hoping I can persuade you to help us get the word out to the design community. Please hit me back to connect.


Posted by: Steve Pomerantz on 01/28/16 at 7:17 PM

My creative team and I, from Detroit, would love to do a documentary about you. Would you be interested. Please say yes. Thanks Mary Ellen

Posted by: Mary Ellen Krawczyk on 02/04/16 at 8:30 AM

Aaron- Was moved by the Volcano Choir cover. Would like to share something your piece inspired.

At your convenience, drop me a line.


Posted by: Patrick on 03/16/16 at 11:56 AM

huge fan of your work right now im a graphics design student at Bradford college ( from the uk) i’m writing my essay about you and comparing and contrasting you with Paul Rand .you as the contemporary artist and rand as the modernist.i was hopping for some work you have done and explaining the steps and the process you take doing those designs would be a huge help if your not to busy sir. thank you for your time

Posted by: awais ahmed on 05/03/16 at 12:01 PM

I really really like your Field Note Mini Sketch pad. It is very useful hehehe specially if you have concept in mind where ever you may go then you have concept in mind, right away you can create that logo concept. Thank you Sir. Keep it up. Also I always watch your talks in youtube.com and vimeo :) your so cool man..



Posted by: Jerome Joordan Z. Ponsica on 05/15/16 at 4:09 AM

Watched you on Lynda.com
I appreciate your bluntness and admire your work. You made me get my sketch pad out and start drawing again. Thank you! I can’t wait to get your book.

Posted by: Elizabeth on 06/14/16 at 1:41 PM

Just watched your vid “Logo Design the Draplin Way” on SKILLSHARE. I love the way you work and the video inspired me. Wanted to say thanks. You are good at what you do.

Posted by: David L Turner on 07/16/16 at 10:28 AM

Love this bio! Your name came up on a flyer for the Adobe Max conference and I’m bored as shit at work so I decided to look you up. Inspriring! Will be back to look around some more….

Posted by: Maria Malliou on 07/18/16 at 3:10 PM

Love this bio! Your name came up on a flyer for the Adobe Max conference and I’m bored as shit at work so I decided to look you up. Inspriring! Will be back to look around some more….

Posted by: Maria Malliou on 07/18/16 at 3:10 PM

Love the PA poster. Please consider making a Pittsburgh one. Thanks

Posted by: Matthew Walter on 08/03/16 at 4:29 AM

Just finished the book. Loved all the design stuff and inside info on Field Notes. However page 177 made my jaw drop - Run Yourself Ragged - BEST TOY EVER!! Thanks for that! (and yes, Jane Smith is actually my name)

Posted by: Jane Smith on 09/12/16 at 9:35 AM

Dear Aaron,

I just wanted to say, I loved your interview with Marc Maron.

I bought your book the other day too by the way. I started reading it today to get inspired for an interview with an awesome agency in Mpls I’ll have tomorrow.

I got to the bit about “Took it on the Chin Just Enough Times” need to read further still…

I broke down crying my face off!!!

You did the trick man, haven’t cried in forever but after 12 years in the game and an interview tomorrow that I don’t feel “worthy” of, it just came rushing.

Anyway, thank you so much for the inspiration and thank you for not being pretentious.

Also, I lived in Portland between 2007-2010!!! Theres a lot to love there.

Posted by: Kevin on 10/03/16 at 2:20 PM

Arron just picked up your book on Monday and can’t put it down. living in Ireland it’s funny how kids around the world can have the same interests Alternative Tentacles Stickers, Dinosaur Jr.-Green Mind Girl with that cigarette. Interesting REAL stuff find an open heart

Posted by: Brian Fitzgerald on 10/19/16 at 4:27 AM

Big fans here in OKC. Saw you speak (even took a photo) just after you and Wayne hung out around here a few years ago. Safe to say, you left an impression on the scene, and we welcome you back with open arms any time.
That said, as a Thunder fan, I’ve worn your “Gonna Rain Gray” w/ orange patch 6-panel the past few years. Well, recently, I was out back with the dog and a bird shat on it. My wife lovingly tossed it in the wash. It came out a bit smaller. And being that I am a man with a noggin pushing the final two notches on an adjustable hat, the thing came out just too snug to bear. Well, I went to purchase a “Carhartt Brown” version for my replacement (you know, like Lambchop wears) and there were none for the offering. Not to overstep my boundaries here, but is there any way you have one stray Carhartt Brown lying around in that warehouse of yours?

Forever grateful-

Posted by: Austin on 11/02/16 at 2:00 PM

I’m a new retailer for Field Notes, which I’m so excited about. Loved your film on the inspiration behind Field Notes, especially the yuppie asshole comment, it endeared you to me although we haven’t met. Your collection of old advertising notebooks reminded me of my Dad, he always had one of those with him. Maybe that’s what attracted me to tFN in the first place. I did take the liberty of making a suggestion to Trina for a new addition
Keep up the good fight, K

Posted by: Kay Blinebury on 01/19/17 at 7:45 AM

Hey Aaron
I’m a freshman college student from Iowa who had no idea what he wanted to do with his life but the other day I was watching one of your videos on skillshare. When I was in hihgschool I took auto cad and absolutely loved it. While I was watching your video I realized that being a graphic designer is what I want to do. I was looking on your website because I anted to buy some of your merch and came across the Iowa All the Way poster. While I was looking at it I saw you had Ute, Iowa on it which is totally crazy because I live 6 minutes away from Ute, and we were actually paired up for schools. Thanks for accidentally making me realize why I want to do with my life!

Posted by: Colten on 01/19/17 at 4:20 PM

Hey Aaron,

Huge fan of your work and your design style. Just ordered the official DDC hat, here’s hoping that it fits people with big heads. I am about to graduate with my bachelors (in communication studies), but I was wondering if you had any recommendations for art schools? I want to primarily focus on logo design and was wondering if you had any recommendations for schools out west that offered legit graphic design programs?


William Jones

Posted by: Greg Jones on 01/22/17 at 7:54 PM

Hi Aaron, I heard your interview with Marc Maron last year. I really enjoyed it. (Shit, I just checked and that was in 2015!) I looked you up right away and wanted to buy a WA poster for me and an Idaho poster for my youngest brother. It’s taken until today for me to get to it. Dang. Talk about draggin’ my feet. Anyway, excited for them to arrive.
My younger brother’s bday is in March and I’m guessing I’ll be back to buy him a WA poster too. We all grew up in WA, but the love of the mountains have separated us to ID, UT and WA. Thanks for being awesome, Brittney

Posted by: brittney rourke on 02/01/17 at 10:24 AM

Just want to thank you for the selfie and the exciting talk you gave at UNI last night. It was the best laugh and refreshing talk I have attended in a long time. I agree wholeheartedly with your political views and I applaud you for voicing them. Keep inspiring and keep being real and who you are. Thanks for making me laugh about the respectable people in the audience.

Posted by: Dawn Reisdorf on 03/10/17 at 2:01 PM

I am in 8th grade so as you can imagine it’s a tuff time for me. I live in NYC so I recently went through the high school application process and let myself down while all my friends succeed and got into specialized high schools. The Christmas before this mess I got your book, recently I revisited the book and it seriously helped me through most of this depressing part of my life. Whenever I’m feeling sad or have had a long day at school, you (indirectly, but still) cheer me up and I want you to know you help people in the best kind of way.

All the best

Posted by: Miles on 03/20/17 at 7:18 PM

Your are a funny sob man I love your sense of humor I just found you on YouTube about an hr ago and I can’t get enough dude your hilarious. Anyway I was looking on YouTube for logo design because I’m looking at getting a logo for a small company I’m trying to get of the ground . It’s a beard products line called Bearded Badass but it’s funny it’s like Frank’s red hot cause we put that shit on everything, my daughters acne my son’s heat bumps on his ass from football lol so we were thinking of redoing a few things in the formula and making a skin Moisturizer Or something and call it B cubed maybe with a 2 or an actual cube but wanted your input and maybe a price for the both. Thanks man

Posted by: Steven Eastep on 05/12/17 at 10:17 PM
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