10 March 2013

The Draplin Design Co. 50 Point Plan to Ruin Yer Career

Portland/CreativeMornings - Aaron James Draplin from CreativeMornings/Portland on Vimeo.

Aaron Draplin saved my week. I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through the next 5 days. It's going to be brutal. Luckily, I have inspiration from a new graphic design hero.

I came across this Creative Mornings talk that Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. did and I was instantly inspired to keep trucking. Draplin is an insanely charismatic, funny guy and it is a joy to listen to him talk. Listening to someone that's worked hard to put themselves where they are is encouragement enough to roll out of bed, make the walk to the comm. building, and get ready for a full day of sitting in the computer lab.

Draplin brings up a lot of points that I already try to live by and it was cool hearing it applied to a graphic designers life. Things like appreciating where you come from, loving your friends, staying humble, finding and collecting cool things, supporting your local rock bands, and of course getting cosmic. I needed to hear this stuff to just keep rolling on because working hard and loving it will pay off one way or another.


  1. Draplin is awesome. I believe I shared this video with my Design I class, last semester. A primo example of a dude who designs for the love of it, and has a blast doing it. A nice reminder, that just because we're "working", doesn't mean we can enjoy it.

    And to anyone who has NOT seen it, it's well worth the 50ish minutes of your time.

  2. I remember watching this last semester and it was such a breath of fresh air to listen to a down-to-earth, creative, and humorous designer. I didn't find one of his points to be irrelevant and each one was accompanied with a personal story to really shed the light on when you might encounter his point. He is so interesting to listen to because of his colorful language, but his designs are great. Simple and geometric with contrasting colors, everything a designer strives for as a base to any project.

  3. I remember this guy from last year. Makes me feel so much better about the path I have chosen for my life. Ever since i saw his video I've tried to look up ones like it or follow blogs of some other designers. It's really cool to see everyone's story and it shows me it will all be worth it.

  4. I haven't seen this guy before but it's cool to see someone lecture who is actually like... not super pretentious? Humility, a sense of humor, valuing friendships, and appreciation for hard, menial work go a long way. I didn't get through all 50 min of this but it's definitely bookmarked. (Also hell yes Portland<3)