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Draplin Design Co., North America


TOMORROW’S THE BIG DAY: One day out from the big show tomorrow at Office PDX! Well, “big” might not be the word, but it sure feels big to me. I’ve never really done this “solo art show” stuff before, so, you know, it’s kinda freakin’ me out. You beasts better show up! I’ve been racing to get all the goodies done.

OH YEAH, THE PITCH: Portlanders! Tell all yer friends! 6-8pm over at Office. Simply called the “Aaron James Draplin Art Show.”

SERIOUSLY, MAN: Stuff up on a wall. Things you don’t need. Meet the parents. Get barked at by the World’s Smartest Dachshund. Stock up on Field Notes. Have a drink. Talk some shit. Make friends. Celebrate vectors. Get orange. Hug someone. Hug Cory Grove. Fair prices. Loose talk. Network with other creative people. Something for everyone. Surprise. Portland’s greatest selection of cool office supplies. All ages. No cover. Small parts. Easy instructions.

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ABOUT THIS POSTER: I’ve wanted to make a so-called “career-spanning” poster for some time now, showing every little logo, wordmark and whatever else I could fit into it I’ve made. It’s been on the project list going on four years now. And each year, the jobs would starting lining up and I’d say, “Oh shit, just wait a month, and you can put this/that into it…” And the years went by.

So yeah, with the show at Office, the time was now. So I start going through the files. And I mean EVERYTHING, all the way back to the dawn of the DDC back in 1993. So gross.

And that’s what you get: A poster called “Pretty Much Everything Up To May 27th, 2009.”

Hope you guys dig it. That’s everything. Right there. Phew.

Here’s a bigger version, so you can see what you are messing with.


- “Oranging Up A Wall” in your home, apartment or jail cell.
- Kindling in survival situations.
- Lining dachshund puppy crates.
- Logo inspiration, that is, if you like thick-ass lines and the letters, “D,” “D” and “C.”
- Type inspiration, that is, if you like Futura and Trade Gothic
- Sprucing up a stodgy design shop. You know who you are!
- Keeping the DDC alive, in heart, home, office and vessel.


01. “The first makeready.”
02. “Esteemed pressmen, calibrating something.”
03. “Dad’s dot gain looks fine.”
04. “Get ‘em going, fellas!”
05. “One good looking stack.”
06. “Now we’re talking.”
07. “One final taste test.”
08. “Staring Scherba down, mere seconds before project approval.”
09. “Signing off.”


- 80lb Uncoated “Way White” stock
- “Factory Floor Orange” and “Dachshund Nose Black” imprint.
- 24” x 39” in dimension. (Biggest sheet we could fit into the machine!)
- Printed by the good people of Graphic Arts Center, Portland, Ore.
- No expenses were spared in this production.
- All the warts and moles.
- “Kinda Limited Edition” of 1500.
- The funnest thing we’ve ever made.


These posters will be offered for a fair price at the show. Hand-numbered, and rolled up for easy transport. And to all of you out there in Internetland, we’ll be offering these for sale starting next week. Just waiting on the cool poster tubes. I can’t wait to see Dale in the line at the post office holding 187 of these fuckers. Set aside some funds. Think of it like, “The price of lunch for two days, shipped right to yer goddamn doorstep.” Something like that. You need this. Way orange. Pretty much everything.


Leigh for patience, Nakamoto for proofreading, Goo for something I can’t remember right now, Scherba for print muscle, the good people of Graphic Arts Center, Sherowski for grammar help, Tony and Kelly of Office PDX for believing in me, all the life-giving clients for giving me a shot and each and every one of you who read this halfwit site.

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GREATNESS FROM A TO Z AND BACK!: Minneapolis Mike Davis’ completely awesome Alphabet Poster gets boiled down into little plastic glops and comes to life as keychains. Too much to process. Wow.

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There Are 36 Comments

WOW! I think I want one of these for every wall in my tiny little apartment. When I buy my house in a few years can I buy this as a wallpaper print? Wow Wow Wow.

Thank you for including the little drawing of my big fat shaved head, the BlogCorp logo and even the unused CamWorld box logo. Good stuff!

Posted by: Cameron Barrett on 05/26/09 at 11:33 AM

I will buy the hell out of this.

Posted by: Pieratt on 05/26/09 at 11:47 AM

Did a Where’s Waldo on your work for us. I can’t wait to get ahold of one of these.

Posted by: Robert B on 05/26/09 at 11:49 AM

Excellent work. Really well done. And I’m not just talking about the poster, of course…I’m referring to all of the work it showcases.

Posted by: Type Micah on 05/26/09 at 12:01 PM

That poster is some kick-ass shit!

Posted by: Scott Steele on 05/26/09 at 12:09 PM

Fuck, I want one!


Posted by: Matthew Stiffler on 05/26/09 at 12:20 PM

I can’t wait to buy this!

Posted by: Joseph Hughes on 05/26/09 at 12:38 PM

bring on the orange - i’m so getting one of these, and thanks for the press check shots, could almost smell it.

Posted by: dennis on 05/26/09 at 12:39 PM

Damn man. Amazing. Will find a place on my wall for this for sure.

Posted by: Beau Colburn on 05/26/09 at 12:44 PM

SOLD! Good luck with the show! Wish I could make see it.

Posted by: Jez on 05/26/09 at 1:02 PM

Holy shit. Keep me one of those! Good luck with the show, man.

Posted by: Greg Meehan on 05/26/09 at 1:50 PM

Want, no… wait, need me one of these. What do the out of state supports do here?

Posted by: Streger on 05/26/09 at 1:53 PM

Great poster Aaron, I won’t be able to make the show unfortunately, but will the poster be on sale online? Gotta go make room for it!

Posted by: Waltzer on 05/26/09 at 2:15 PM

You better believe we need one of those posters!

Posted by: Janeen & Mark on 05/26/09 at 2:31 PM

The hardest working man in typographic showbusiness! Gotta get my hands on one of these!

(thanks for the keychain plug too my man!)

Posted by: Mike Davis on 05/26/09 at 2:36 PM

One word: PROLIFIC.

Posted by: Nate on 05/26/09 at 2:41 PM

that is 10 different kinds of awesome. good work!

Posted by: gary b on 05/26/09 at 2:56 PM

Where can we pre-order these badboys

Posted by: Dustin Otiz on 05/26/09 at 3:35 PM

Dibs!!!! Looks incredible Draplin.

Posted by: Huckleberry Hart on 05/26/09 at 3:50 PM

hit me up when you can, i still want to press some things in the future…….best of luck, i’m sure the show will be great


Posted by: keegan on 05/26/09 at 3:51 PM

Draplin, let’s get a shot of me and you wearing nothing but these posters as loin-cloths. All-time.
We’ll proudly display one at the Instrument HQ.

Posted by: Vince LaVecchia on 05/26/09 at 5:40 PM

You will be getting a letter from my lawyer soon for using my likeness, unless I get one of those without having to get a hug from Grove in the process.

Posted by: coyle on 05/26/09 at 6:28 PM

wow, that’s really great. Congratulations to you, and all your clients.

Posted by: ryan u on 05/26/09 at 7:11 PM

I shall proudly adorn my Man Cave with this fine poster! NICE WORK MAN!

Posted by: Paul on 05/26/09 at 8:51 PM

count me in…such great work over the years. orange and futura and thick black lines. you are THE man

Posted by: chasecourington on 05/26/09 at 9:09 PM

Damn… you better believe I’ll be ordering up a few of those suckers. I’ll be in town on Saturday to see the show as well. Good luck tomorrow!

Posted by: Adam Haynes on 05/26/09 at 11:35 PM

Good luck, break-a-leg!

Posted by: Not Aunt Bea on 05/27/09 at 5:41 AM

Sign me up! That poster kicks ass! Wish I could see the show.

Posted by: Chris A on 05/27/09 at 7:00 AM

Just hearing you drop hints about this thing made the gears turn wondering how awesome it might turn out.

Seeing this? It appears to have turned out a thousand times awesomer.

Posted by: Glass on 05/27/09 at 9:19 AM

I think I’m gonna have to show up and grab one of these. And Bunz wanted to give a shout to Gary…

Posted by: J | Lucy on 05/27/09 at 10:25 AM

Making a trek to PDX next weekend. Gotta check it out.

Told my pops to check it out…hope he can stop by!

Posted by: Eric Powers on 05/27/09 at 2:49 PM

I am buying this!! And probably some other stuff too! Can’t wait!

Posted by: Jonathan on 05/27/09 at 4:11 PM

Good luck Draplin…wish I could be there!

Posted by: James Sullivan on 05/27/09 at 4:20 PM

There have been 33 previous comments on this thing.
Everything has already been said.
Well done sir.

Posted by: Tyler Lang on 05/28/09 at 1:15 PM

I came here to check it out after reading Kate Bingaman-Burt going on and on about how “way cooler” this poster is, over at her Obsessive Consumption blog. She gives you major props. Kudos, that’s a lot of work there. Nice retrospective concept. I’m not in Portland, so I’ll be missing the show, but good luck with all that.

Posted by: Chris Grayson, Art Director on 05/28/09 at 5:55 PM

This is really awesome and I am glad that you have shared the information, thank you very much.

Posted by: charlie on 12/16/09 at 1:44 AM
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