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Draplin Design Co., North America
November 19, 2014
DDC Pop-Up Shop: Way Wednesday!
Posted at 11:00 AM


HUMP DAY, THEY SAY: Not for us. Since we lost Monday, and with a bustling Tuesday under our belts, hell, we're just getting going. Come on in. Sit on our couch. Talk shop with Leigh. Peruse our wall of "Things We Love" posters. Snag some Field Notes. Wonder about weird plastic items on our big merch table. Stand around. It's Wednesday, and we're here from 11am-7pm. Ferociously.

November 18, 2014
DDC Pop-Up Shop: Totally Tuesday!
Posted at 11:00 AM


THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TOLD: By reputable Portland people with tons of retail experience. Experts. But hell, we're bringing up the very lowest end of the Portland business sector, and let's see if we can't mess with that a little bit this fine Tuesday? Come on in, Portland!


STRATEGIC REASONS: Stocking, thinking, planning, scheming, working on "everything else" and shipping a FUCKING MOUNTAIN OF DDC MERCH! All day today. See you back in the DDC Pop-Up Shop tomorrow, Portland!

November 16, 2014
DDC Pop-Up Shop: Sunday, 12-5pm!
Posted at 12:00 PM


SUNDAY, ALL DAY: We're here and we're open. And we've got a wild offering of spirited stuff at Portland-only prices!


IT'S ALWAYS SATURDAY AT THE DDC: And that policy viciously extends to the DDC Pop-Up Shop! Come hang with us!


OUR FIRST FULL DAY OPEN: And shit's bonkers. Thanks to all who are coming in! We were on the new and everything! Met the mayor! Got grabby with tons of city employees. All, while battling freezing ice!


WE DID IT: Get in here, Portland!

(Photo by DDC Pop-Up Shop floor manager Leigh!)

LET'S GET SOME ORANGE ON THAT SHIT: Let the "oranging" begin!

November 11, 2014
Tonight, Nashville!
Posted at 05:29 PM


TWO SHOWS TONIGHT: 6:00pm and 7:30pm! Click here for the details!

November 10, 2014
Heading Down To Nashville!
Posted at 09:56 AM





DOWN TO NASHVILLE WE GO: We've got official business as O'More College just outside of Nashville tomorrow! Hungry design kids, and we aim to LAY WASTE to all in attendance. Seriously.

November 09, 2014
Back To Portland For Pop-Up Prep
Posted at 07:36 AM





RACING HOME AS FAST AS WE CAN: Gotta get back! The DDC Pop-Up Shop starts on Thursday!!!

November 08, 2014
This Afternoon, Jacksonville!
Posted at 09:56 AM


TODAY, JACKSONVILLE: We're telling our story along with Signalnoise! This afternoon. Not to be missed. Got some Seger loaded into the presentation, you know, cuz we've been on one hell of a "Seger kicK' the last couple months. Like, sure, all the hits and stuff, and, all his early Bob Seger System shit of course, but, like...and this is where it gets bad: We're listening to his Christmas carols and shit. Rough, right? Seger.





November 06, 2014
Today, Toronto!
Posted at 08:30 AM


THIS AFTERNOON, TORONTO: At precisely 1:30 in the PM, Toronto standard time, we'll be dragging our girth out on to the Sony Centre Main Stage to deliver a BLISTERING 45-minute rendition of our road-tested "Tall Tales From A Large Man" speaking fiasco to the DesignThinkers crowd. Complete with a couple new sections! Always mixing it up. Just enough to keep these Canadians on their toes! Be there, Canada!

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BREAKING: Sure, we're all "fun-n-games" until we went and Googled up "Sony Centre Main Stage" and got this little bad boy: Uh-oh.

Suddenly, I'm feeling sweaty. Nervous. Butterflies. Freaked-out! I mean, check out those digs? Now listen, I've played some real hellholes on my tour, but this place? This kind of venue? It's that deafening realization that this is the BIG LEAGUES and these Canadians are not screwing around.

If I don't make it through this afternoon, know this much: It's been great.


JUST A COUPLE FLIGHTS: One down to Detroit, then one over to Toronto. International! Special thanks to my little sister Leah for scrambling to send the passport her big ol' dumb-ass brother forgot behind him in Portland. Uh, "too many moving parts" and "too much shit going on" and yes, I came up short. So thanks to Weah-Peah for saving the whole trip. Toronto, you owe her greatly.

We've got official business at RGD's DesignThinker's conference tomorrow! Canada


That fun, in-yer-face sort of "teaching style."

Cryptic hand movements.

Pointing at things.


Check out how official that is, right? Like, real? Wow!

CLASS IS IN SESSION: Hey, you in the back! Yeah, you! Put that fire out. All the way out. Okay, okay. Students! Class is in session. Stay loose and keep it fun. Make sure you’ve got those pencils sharpened and your Field Notes memo book opened to a blank page. You there? You are? Okay, good. Now let it flow. Let our handy multimedia video inspire you to do great things. For family, for friends, for country, or hell, whatever you hold close. Let’s get to work!

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AMERICA, WE WANT YOU: Here's the link to get into class: Sign up, sign up, sign up!

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SKILLSHARE EVEN PROVIDED US A LINK TO GET YOU FIRED UP: Click the video below, and let us invade yer mind...

An Online Skillshare Class by Aaron Draplin


SNAG ONE OF THESE, AND QUICK: Our "Michigan Magnificent" and "All-Out Alabama" posters are up, and on the site! Lock in on one today!

These links will get you where you need to go:

01. "Michigan Magnificent"
02. "All-Out Alabama"


01. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Ultimate Hits (!!!)
02. Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
03. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues
04. Oblivians - Popular Favorites
05. Otis Redding - The Vest Best of...
06. King Tuff - Black Moon Spell
07. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
08. Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - S/T
09. Goat - Commune
10. Reigning Sound - Too Much Guitar
11. Reigning Sound - Shattered
12. Jawbreaker - 24-Hour Revenge Therapy
13. Son Volt - Artifacts
14. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman, We Are Floating In Space
15. Volcano Choir - Repave
16. Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City
17. Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
18. Shellac - Dude Incredible
19. The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
20. John Cougar Mellencamp - No Better Than This
21. Man Or Astro-man? - 5...4...3...2...1
22. Melvins - The Bulls & The Bees
23. Melvins - A Senile Animal
24. Temples - Sun Structures
25. Tweedy - Sukierae
26. Scud Mountain Boys - Do You Love The Sun?
27. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
28. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
29. Polvo - In Prism
30. Nothing - Guilty of Everything
31. Mercury Rev - Guilty of Everything
32. Neil Young - On the Beach
33. Dan Tyminski - Wheels
34. Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos
35. Alison Krauss & Union Station - Forget About It
36. PW Long - We Didn't See You On Sunday
37. Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum
38. Red Fang - Whales and Leeches
39. Glen Campbell - 20 Greatest Hits
40. Ohio Knife - Ohio Knife is O.K.!
41. MC5 - High Time
42. MC5 - Bem>Back In The U.S.A.
43. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
44. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags
45. Ex-Cult - Midnight Passenger

November 01, 2014
Thank You, Grand Rapids!
Posted at 01:34 PM


THANK YOU, GRAND RAPIDS: Last night was great! Thank you, AIGA West Michigan!

October 31, 2014
Tonight, Grand Rapids!
Posted at 08:49 AM


Frank N. Stein

Michigan Dogman

Gorilla Face

COME ON, WEST MICHIGAN: Be there tonight! Check that poster! Yes! Illustrations by Ryno!


CHUH-CHUH-CHUH-CHUH-CHAAAANGES: Hitting the Bowie exhibit at the MCA in Chicago today, and then, laying waste to ALL in attendance at the Columbia College gig! 6pm, you stackers of wheat!

The Bowie thing was "all Leigh." She's been on my shit to see it for some time now. Today, we make her wildest dreams come true.


October 28, 2014
Back To Michigan. Back On Tour.
Posted at 05:48 AM




Photo by Matt Lane Harris. Challenging subject material.

October 24, 2014
Making Flags In Birmingham
Posted at 02:08 PM

Kicking things off, talking way too much.

Sketching, sketching, sketching.

Working out some kinks with Mohammed.

Telling some kid, "See these fingers? They can be made into a fist. Pipe down."

Working with the Birmingham youth. Hell yeah.

Getting my "dry-erase" on.

Threatening someone?

BLOWN AWAY FOR 999 YEARS: These incredible photos were by Jared Ragland of Birmingham. His client roster include President Obama, George "The Decider" Bush and so many other incredible subjects! Wow. Thanks, man. So good to meet you. I got to be a part of a "Flag Workshop" where we tackled a new flag for Birmingham. And I'm here to tell you this much: Go look at the existing Birmingham flag! These kids did a better job in the couple hours we had. Seriously. Great job, friends! Thanks for having me.

October 23, 2014
Tonight, Birmingham!
Posted at 01:14 PM


October 22, 2014
Whipping Down To Alabama
Posted at 11:03 PM