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Draplin Design Co., North America
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



October 20, 2014
So Much Seger
Posted at 02:50 PM


October 19, 2014
Going On A Serious Seger Kick
Posted at 11:03 PM


October 18, 2014
Happy Birthday To Leigh!
Posted at 10:18 AM


October 17, 2014
Space Cooperation
Posted at 01:40 PM


October 16, 2014
Phone Is Alive
Posted at 11:56 PM


October 15, 2014
Made It To 41, Motherfuckers!
Posted at 10:15 AM






October 10, 2014
More Lips Weirdness
Posted at 10:29 PM





October 07, 2014
Today, Los Angeles!
Posted at 10:02 AM



October 05, 2014
Today, Memphis!
Posted at 11:48 AM








October 02, 2014
Tonight, Lancaster!
Posted at 01:12 PM



September 30, 2014
Today, Duluth!
Posted at 05:55 PM


September 29, 2014
Heading Over To Duluth!
Posted at 10:05 PM


September 28, 2014
Made The New Insieme Logo
Posted at 02:34 PM


September 27, 2014
Keyed Up
Posted at 07:42 PM


September 26, 2014
Thick Lines, Beckoning Me To Enter
Posted at 01:01 PM


September 25, 2014
Goodbye, St. Louis!
Posted at 11:13 AM


September 24, 2014
Tonight, St. Louis!
Posted at 09:12 AM


TONIGHT, WE GO FOR BROKE: St. Louis, we've known you for years, and tonight, we tell our WHOLE STORY to a packed room of St. Louis' greatest folks, surrounded by incredible vintage motorcycles. You guys should come to the show. It's "design week" here in St. Louis, and there's all sorts of cool shit going on. We'll be on stage with Kevin from Work/Play, telling how we do what we do.

And man, you HAVE to check out Kevin McCoy's work. Awesome guy and awesome work. We met yesterday, and hit it off quick. I'll just say it right now: Anyone who fucks with Mr. McCoy, well, just know, they fuck with the ENTIRE Draplin Design Company enterprise. Facts are stubborn things.

Okay, St. Louis, let's "get right with the DDC" and we'll just plan on seeing you tonight. Right? We came a long way, dragged bags of merch through airports and had to deal with 900 thread count sheets at a flophouse downtown! Right? Right.

MAKE IT HAPPEN: Here's the official link to the show!

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OF COURSE, OF COURSE: This St. Louis gig finally lit that fire under our ass to make a poster for Missouri. We're calling it "Markedly Missouri" and you can snag one here! Click that link. To the left, behind these words! Missouri!

September 23, 2014
Today, St. Louis! Let's Talk Logos!
Posted at 01:58 PM


WE'RE IN ST. LOUIS, AND TALKING, TALKING, TALKING: "Logo Tips, Tricks, Triumphs, Turds, Threats and Tales from Aaron Draplin" at 6pm at Firecracker Press!!! Get over here, St. Louis!!!

September 22, 2014
Heading To St. Louis
Posted at 10:48 AM


YOU FEELING LUCKY?: We are, and we're hoping like hell we can pull of a couple First Class upgrades over to St. Louis today! Fingers crossed!

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01. Cody Hudson & The Art of the Side Hustle - Part 1
02. Cody Hudson & The Art of the Side Hustle - Part 2

03. Nikki Lane & The Art of the Side Hustle

04. Aaron Draplin & The Art of the Side Hustle - Part 1
05. Aaron Draplin & The Art of the Side Hustle - Part 2

September 21, 2014
Long, Ugly Day In The Shop
Posted at 09:21 AM


ALL DAY, ALL DAY: We're in here, hammering. Clank.

September 20, 2014
Seattle Super Lurk!
Posted at 05:27 PM


ALL AROUND SEATTLE: We drove all over that town today. Tourist shit, neighborhood shit, record shit and a meal at Silent Heart Nest. Awesome town. The traffic on The Five can suck it, of course.

September 19, 2014
B&b Make It Official!
Posted at 12:42 PM


HERE COME THE WATERWORKS: Leigh, Ewan and I whipped up to Seattle today to see Brad & Bailee tie the knot. A beautiful ceremony for beautiful people. Hell, there was only one ugly person at the whole wedding! I felt bad bringing their stock price down.

Congrats, buddy. Happy for you.

September 18, 2014
Cameras Pointing At Us
Posted at 10:09 PM


WE'VE GOT A CAMERA CREW IN THE SHOP TODAY: A gaggle of Los Angeles kids are in the shop today pointing cameras at me! For their upcoming doc, "Making The American Man." So awesome. Nice to meet you guys!

September 17, 2014
Up That Big Hill
Posted at 11:55 AM


TOO MUCH SHIT TO LIST: Wrapping up a couple logos today!

September 16, 2014
Dude Incredible
Posted at 03:09 PM


NEW ANGULAR JAMS: Shellac released a new record today. We're listening to it all day. Turn it up!

September 15, 2014
Back From Boston, And Feeling Wild
Posted at 08:27 AM


BACK IN THE SHOP: Recharged, alive, excited and driven to kick this fall's ass. That starts now.


GET OVER HERE, BOSTON: Day 02 of "American Field!"


WAKE UP, BOSTON: Day 01 of American Field starts now! Came a long way. So tired. Things you need. Evan Rose is on his way down from Burlington.


HEADING OVER TO BOSTON THIS MORNING: We've got OFFICIAL BUSINESS there this weekend, in the form of American Field! We'll be setting up a booth with a robust offering of Field Notes and DDC merch! Things you need, friends. Things like Thick Lines posters, space shuttle t-shirts, DDC action caps, every set of Field Notes in our ever-expanding line, weird shop rags, logo posters, Boston posters, pens, pencils, coin purses, creepy combs, stickers, bric-a-brac, stuff and weird plastic things.

The booth will be manned by top level Field Notes Midwest representatives, as well as Field Notes Northwest delegates. All items are priced at "Boston Only" prices, and, we'll just say it again, are "priced to move."

Like all of our traveling endeavors, we'll be offering up free advice, general conversation, weather speculation, cosmic rambling, cheap comments, uncomfortable silences, odd exchanges, hard looks, peculiar handshakes, coded language, freewheelin' threats, loose banter, small talk, spirited dickering and random outbursts. Free with purchases, and more often that not, completely unsolicited. Fun for all.

Oh yeah, there's a chance Evan Rose will be in the booth. You man enough?

Plus, we'll be "telling my whole story" Saturday night to all in attendance. Definitely bringing up the "low end" of the roster, but like all our speaking endeavors, we'll be treating the lecture as if it "was our last." We're going for broke. All the warts and moles.

We'll see you there, Boston! Saturday and Sunday! Sun-up until they clear us out.

One last time, that's "American Field," you beasts. Look it up.

September 11, 2014
Tonight, Portland!
Posted at 01:38 PM


IN A REAL MUSEUM, AROUND REAL WORKS OF ART: Us! On our best behavior. Talking about WPA era artwork from the the Portland Art Museum permanent collection. Come join the conversation, people..tonight at 6 PM: Artist Talks and Happy Hour - Aaron Draplin


STAYED UP LATE LAST NIGHT, WAY PAST MY BEDTIME: To see those Replacements pay respects to Mr. Chilton on the Jimmy Fallon show. I've read/heard a lot of chatter about them "being tired" and "bullshit cash grabs" and "not the original band" and all that, regarding their reunion tour. But, c'mon, it's Paul and Tommy! Sure, they nailed it back in the '80s, and maybe they'll nail it again? Turns out they are. Even if it is just two of 'em. I have a feeling Slim would be up there if he could. And, well, Chris Mars is doing his own thing with his painting. There's still some magic there, and I love seeing it on the tube, and would love to see them at some bullshit festival somewhere. Just to see Paul and Tommy. American classics.

You'll be 54 someday, and you should hope you'd be just a smidge as cool as these fuckers still are. Go get 'em, fellas.

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Coming Up / Brace Yerselves / Confirmed

DDC 2014 "Our Forty-First Fall" North American Tour:

01. Sept. 11, 2014, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore.
02. Sept. 13, 2014, American Field, Boston, Mass.
03. Sept. 24, 2014, St. Louis Design Week, St. Louis, Mo.
04. Sept. 30, 2014, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minn.
05. Oct. 2, 2014, AIGA Central PA, Lancaster, Penn.
06. Oct. 4, 2014, Creative Works, Memphis, Tenn. (I.C.!!!)
07. Oct. 6, 2014, Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, Calif.
08. Oct. 9, 2014, TBA Portland Design Week Event, Portland, Ore.
09. Oct. 24, 2014, Design Week Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.
10. Oct. 29, 2014, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
11. Oct. 31, 2014, AIGA West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich.
12. Nov. 6, 2014, DesignThinkers Conference, Toronto, Ont.
13. Nov. 8, 2014, ConvergeFL Conference, Jacksonville, Flor.
14. Nov. 12, 2014, O'More College of Design, Franklin, Tenn.
15. Nov. 19, 2014, HOW Interactive Design Conference, SF, Calif.

September 08, 2014
Oliver's First Day Of Pre-School
Posted at 01:44 PM


September 07, 2014
Ski Resort Research
Posted at 10:34 AM


September 06, 2014
Coyle Turns Forty
Posted at 04:22 PM

(Photo courtesy of Leigh!)

September 05, 2014
Beeteeth Buzz
Posted at 08:12 PM



September 03, 2014
Roadtrip Book
Posted at 01:08 PM


September 02, 2014
Missing Maron
Posted at 10:31 AM