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Well, I’ll just put it this way: Thank you to everyone for coming out for the show. And for buying stuff! And for shooting the shit with me and my family. And for all the nice things you said. I floated out of Office last night. Pretty much, one of the best nights of my little life. Thank you.

All nine “rescued type” collages sold out, and three of the nine plywood cutouts moved too! Sold a good stack of posters on top of that. All proceeds go to more and more of the same stuff. So cool. Thanks, everyone!


01. “One hell of a turnout.”
02. “Stuff up on the wall.”
03. “Check out all those red dots!”
04. “Just wait until the trunk show this Saturday!”
05. “Guests of Honor: Doreen and Corey Grove.”
06. “Even little Remy showed up.”

Kate Bingaman-Burt even dipped her show experience into the swirling vat of “What Did You Buy Today” juices, and out came this little humdinger. Pure awesome.

Holy hell…check out this write up! Thanks, Graham. Seriously. I oughta hire you to “class up” the site some with that kind of skill. Wow.

Thanks again to everyone who came. Still trying to wrap my head around it. Extra special thanks to Tony and Kelly of Office. You guys are the best.

See you at the “trunk show” on Saturday! Tons of DDC Merch specially-priced for moving. Seriously.

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COMPLETE NONSENSE, BUT VERY EASY ON THE EYES: “Nonsense Info Graphics” by Chad Hagen out there in Minneapolis. Awesome stuff, man!

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LESSONS TO BE LEARNED HERE: “The Case for Working With Your Hands” (Sent in by a guy with a great last name: Chris Avantaggio, you are golden.)

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KING OF THE BREEDS: Enormous Champion’s incredible offering of “animal silhouettes that are made in the USA from wood grown in a sustainably harvested forest.” I was trying to do some of that with my plywood show pieces, but man, those are tight. I like the painted sidewall. Nice.

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PAPER AND STAPLES, PEOPLE, PAPER AND STAPLES: Portland photo buddy Mark Welsh is back in Michigan visiting the family, and came across D.B. Moon’s beautiful memo book.

From a time long ago. Before iPhones, blackberries and dingleberries. Look at that handwriting. Look at the wear and tear. I can’t take it anymore. Thanks, buddy.

Old memo books. The greatest. So many lessons. It all adds up to doing my absolute best with Field Notes. That’s why we do it folks, that’s why we do it.

There Are 15 Comments


Posted by: A.J. Croce on 05/28/09 at 3:50 PM

Man, I’m on the wrong freakin’ coast. Glad it was an awesome night - not surprised, though!

Posted by: Ryan Wolf on 05/28/09 at 5:36 PM

Will your DDC poster be available to purchase for the fans who live in middle America?

Posted by: Mike Hanyzewski on 05/28/09 at 7:42 PM

Will your DDC poster be available to purchase for the fans who live in middle America?

Posted by: Mike Hanyzewski on 05/28/09 at 7:42 PM

Your first show. That’s gotta feel good. Congrats to ya.

That NY Times article made me want to cry. I so lament the demise of school shop classes. Maybe that’s why roasting coffee is so satisfying. Because it’s real.

Posted by: Jeff on 05/28/09 at 8:00 PM

Your show was fantastic! Picked me up one o’them fancy new pocket tee’s…the white pen is a nice touch. I think that Graham guy was stalking me though, somehow Kim and I managed to end up in both of his photos.

Posted by: Hottois on 05/28/09 at 8:32 PM

Wish I would have made the show, congrats on the success. And thanks again for the conversation today, it is hard to find someone who can out-talk me ‚€”¬†we should do it again.

Posted by: Chris Erickson on 05/28/09 at 9:44 PM

Wish we could’ve been there.
I’m drooling over those plywood icons.

Posted by: Tyler & Elsa on 05/29/09 at 7:30 AM

Though you’d dig these signs. Love the blog and find your work very inspiring. Greetings from Rochester NY.

Posted by: Daron on 05/29/09 at 7:45 AM

Damn, wish I could have been in Portland last night for this. Really looking forward to popping into the Office tomorrow to see your handiwork. Well done Aaron, well done.

Posted by: Adam Haynes on 05/29/09 at 8:51 AM

Wish I couldv’e been there… So when’s the “Open Road Hat” go on sale!?

Posted by: Greg Meehan on 05/29/09 at 9:42 AM

Do I see new color ways of the DDC Action Cap in those pics?

Posted by: Tim on 05/29/09 at 10:25 AM

Right on Draplin. Looks like it was a hit.

Posted by: Huckleberry Hart on 05/30/09 at 10:09 AM

can I order a poster from your show? The big orange one. Please let me know.

Posted by: mark Beresniewicz on 06/01/09 at 12:10 PM

drap, that show looked great, Mr and Mrs, Claus r looking wonderful especially the MR….. so he says.
I am looking at the poster now thinkgsings it might orange up my newly finished downstairs quite nicely…. great work - alfie

Posted by: alfman on 06/04/09 at 6:31 PM
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