Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

Design // Thursday, December 18, 2014
Most logos aren't designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren't Aaron Draplin. Aaron's a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of "blue collar" design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations...

Living off the Wall: "Aaron Draplin & The Art of the Side Hustle"

Design // Wednesday, November 19, 2014
In this video from Vans' #livingoffthewall series and director Jared Eberhardt, we meet Aaron at his day job as a designer at his his studio, Draplin Design Company in Portland, Oregon. The tour quickly devolves into a discussion of his vast collections of well-organized junk, and includes a trip to an estate sale where Aaron picks up an ancient bag of peanut butter chips.

Interview: Aaron James Draplin, March, 2014

Design // Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The following interview first appeared in our March, 2014 issue: The best way to stay inspired and current in any creative field is by keeping tabs on your peers. For any of you designers, Aaron James Draplin better be on the top of your list, and not because his name starts with the letter A. In addition to Aaron’s impressive list of clients he is also behind those cult-like notebooks you see being jotted in all over the world, Field Notes.

Fifty and Fifty State Mottos Project @ Ace Hotel, NYC

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Ace Hotel in NYC just opened a great exhibition, Fifty and Fifty State Mottos Project, where 50 talented graphic artists and illustrators reimagine their home state mottos. The Fifty and Fifty State Mottos Project, curated by Dan Cassaro takes fifty designers, one per state, have illustrated their state motto, creating something steeped in history yet modern and unique — a kind of designer's atlas. Now, do you know the state capitals?

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