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Draplin Design Co., North America

Well, there go my daily numbers. It’s been nice knowing you.

So my buddy Jess has been doing a little documentary on me. Or, on “all the riff raff of the DDC.” Something to that effect. And he’s got a little teaser completed for the upcoming three episodes, just to give you a little taste of “what’s going on” with this project.

So here you go, readers…click here to burst whatever bubble I had going all this time: “Why America is Fucked,”

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DEAR MOM AND DAD: I know you raised me well, and taught me how to speak and behave like an appropriate adult and all that, but, Jess asked the question and I got all fired up and then started swearing like a sailor. These things happen. Don’t excommunicate me.

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GREEN WITH ENVY: I went down to VooDoo Doughnuts early this morning and supplied the Plaid Nation tour crew with Field Notes today. Bunch of guys from Connecticut, in a van, connected to the world, blogging, shooting, writing and riffin’ on whatever comes there way, for like, seven city stops. Man, I wanted to tag along, but had to get back to the shop to continue my pursuit of the American Dreamā„¢ and, 43 or 44 client projects. Rats. Next time.

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PRETEND YOU ARE IN DABICA-APPROVEDā„¢ HOLLAND, FREAKING OUT: Take a tour of a Lego factory, do everything in yer power to refrain from loading up yer pockets when no one is looking. (This link was poached from our fellow brick-diggin’ friends at Coudal Partners in Chicago, Ill.)

There Are 41 Comments

Aaron, Legos aren’t from Holland.

Posted by: Cris on 07/23/08 at 9:53 AM

You preach the aesthetic gospel with such passion and conviction… it’s awe inspiring… beautiful… kickass.

Posted by: Daniel Holter on 07/23/08 at 10:24 AM

Yes please. I will buy this documentary.

Posted by: Mikey on 07/23/08 at 10:48 AM

Jess is the man for this job. The job of communicating what you’re about. What it’s like being a big man in a little world. What it’s like knowing what’s right and seeing what’s wrong. Stoked to see it happening.


Posted by: Vince LaVecchia on 07/23/08 at 10:49 AM

If anything, you didn’t swear enough. This injustice cannot stand.

Posted by: Phineas on 07/23/08 at 10:57 AM

Almost makes me want to head out to Portland and see if I can get myself a little cameo in The Draplin Thing.

Can’t wait to see this on the big screen at all the Indie film festivals. Should be a hoot!

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 07/23/08 at 11:55 AM

HELLS YEAH, take it back,

graphics man.

Posted by: Joseph Peila on 07/23/08 at 1:05 PM

Yes, yes, and hell yes. You have hit the nail on the head. Excuse me, fucking head.

Posted by: Nate on 07/23/08 at 2:36 PM

Hell Yeah! Same thing is happening here Down Under man, tellin’ like it is. Look forward to seeing more brother.

Posted by: Clay on 07/23/08 at 4:27 PM

it is only a matter of time before this thing drops and you start evangelizing the lost (in design).

Posted by: Peter Yue on 07/23/08 at 4:37 PM

Best fuckin’ thing I’ve seen all week. Goddamn.

Posted by: Naz on 07/23/08 at 7:30 PM

This is the best teaser trailer i’ve ever seen.

Posted by: Scott Steele on 07/24/08 at 5:42 AM

Right on. Loved it.

Posted by: Tim McGrath on 07/24/08 at 7:51 AM

Draplin is also on Obama’s list of top VP candidates. It’s all true!

Posted by: Vaska on 07/24/08 at 10:18 AM

Man, I got so stoked after watching this video I ordered a few pairs of socks…too fuel your dream (and every designer’s) and help you take it all back. Fucking ALL of it.

Posted by: Chris on 07/24/08 at 11:33 AM

the most poetic thing i have heard in some time. inspiring to me and artist all around, i am sure.

Posted by: Streger on 07/24/08 at 1:08 PM


I had half of the office watching it and no joke there were claps after.

Posted by: Dustin Ortiz on 07/24/08 at 1:51 PM

fukity fuk fuk

Posted by: jimbo on 07/24/08 at 4:22 PM

For fucks sake, I think I almost threwup after seeing that new sign.

Posted by: Alex on 07/24/08 at 5:45 PM

For fucks sake, I think I almost threwup after seeing that new sign.

Posted by: Alex on 07/24/08 at 5:45 PM

I very excited. A bit too excited. I can’t wait to play this at studio. Get it finished!

Posted by: Cody on 07/24/08 at 5:53 PM

This, my friend, is why you are so good at what you do.

This will be in my DVD collection, which now stands at 0 DVD’s. Congratulations on being #1.

Posted by: Digital Dave on 07/24/08 at 6:47 PM

ahahah the name of the sign file is FUCKERS.ai hahaha this is too good

Posted by: Hunter on 07/24/08 at 7:15 PM

this is the best thing I’ve seen online in awhile.
Respect your country, don’t trash it.
any designer putting that shit out needs to quit their job, NOW.

Posted by: Sharron on 07/24/08 at 7:52 PM

I can’t wait to see what you guys are going to do. Blogged

Posted by: obie on 07/25/08 at 6:16 AM

By the way, you should check out Fallout 3.

It seems that you’re not the only one who is starting to look back into America’s history for their design inspiration.

Posted by: obie on 07/25/08 at 6:20 AM

Fucking Awesome. This made my week.

Posted by: avantagg on 07/25/08 at 8:20 AM

“Fucken A Right “, He is………..Let’s ban the gateway signs that lead to strip malls. Draplin is brilliant.

Posted by: dave Seoane on 07/25/08 at 11:29 AM

heh heh, ya got me, thinking this would be some rant about our out-going president or even Epitaph records. Not a bad little riff, especially if it was truly impromtu - though I know this has been marinating for years now!

Posted by: tyler on 07/25/08 at 2:39 PM

Draplin, yr making history.

Posted by: Huckleberry Hart on 07/26/08 at 7:37 AM

haha i think america is “fucked” for so many other reasons than this one in particular.

i love the obligatory line: “i can’t believed they made her pay so much money for bad design!!1”

…as lip service to the [facetious] *poor fucks who are clueless about design*… maybe he at least sees the pinpoint of light shining through the heaving sphincter of the ASS of design he has his head up.

how’s the view from the small intestine? that’s how far we are if we take this fool seriously. this fool in particular.

his message still stands though human beings are 3d pieces of art- their connection with physical places are important. hop on www.TED.com and find the guy who talks about how bland architecture has been detrimental to the idea of american community, civic participation and democracy


he’s more angry than this guy but somehow gracefully manages to stand on even “moral ground” with us *poor fucks who are clueless about design*

props to draplin project whatever their mish statement happens to be. good luck. artists of the world unite and that kind of shit.

Posted by: sinisterapple on 07/27/08 at 11:46 AM

Loved the teaser. I keep thinking lately which I’m more passionate about, my hatred of bad design or my love of wonderful design.

Posted by: seamouse on 08/01/08 at 1:41 AM

SO TRUE! I work at a print shop down in Eugene, and I run into to so many clients that get jipped by other sign shops. The craftsmanship has disappeared.

Posted by: James Madson on 08/01/08 at 9:43 AM

not so bad in Canada, but its happening… but keep doin what we are doin… ya mean?


Posted by: craig on 08/05/08 at 6:45 AM

not so bad in Canada, but its happening… but keep doin what we are doin… ya mean?


Posted by: craig on 08/05/08 at 6:45 AM

Right on guy,

I am and ole timer. I surrendered to materialism and stuff.

I did however add my two cents on Chinaclueless.

I know that cursing is the lowest form of prayer, but having said that. keep up the rage.

Somebody will listen.

Ken in Kentucky

Posted by: Ken on 08/07/08 at 3:37 PM

I have a large old hand lettered 7up sign from a bowling alley that I saved from going to the dump when they decided to put a piece of crap similar to that up in it’s place.

I rewired it and now use it in my garage for a really good light source.

Posted by: taprsons on 08/07/08 at 4:01 PM

My wife’s grandfather is an old sign painter/graphic designer. At 93 he isn’t doing design but he did work his magic until he was 80 and then tried to do the mac thing. He hung it up right then and I say I don’t mind. I have a couple great samples of his craft and I really appreciate those guys. I am a huge fan of what technology does for design, but it has to be based on skill, craft, and an actual thought.


Posted by: Bob in Chicago 'burbs on 08/07/08 at 7:20 PM

The sign shops are to blame. They’re often poorly managed, very disorganized, operate on thin margins, their employees aren’t paid very well, and turnover is high. How can you offer a quality product under those conditions?

A huge portion of that $15,000 bill goes toward permits, engineer drawings, manufacturing, and installation. The sign shop owner was probably breathing down the poor kid’s neck, telling him not to spend more than 30 minutes on it. I’m certainly not excusing the poor design. I’m just telling you how it is working at a sign shop.

If such a large portion of the $15K was just for the political and logistical side, then it’s a damn #@$*! shame that the design was skimped on.

Posted by: Elliott on 08/07/08 at 9:40 PM

I just got a hold of this today, from Universoul Productions … Thank you for caring!
I can’t wait to see and hear about your results

Posted by: Jim on 08/08/08 at 6:17 AM

Well Done sir.

Posted by: Warren D. on 03/01/10 at 3:37 PM
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