Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, Aaron and the Draplin Design Co. (DDC) proudly roll up their sleeves on a number of projects related to the print, identity, web development, illustration and gocco muscle categories. They design for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Target, Ford, Hutchco, TImberline Lodge, Patagonia, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Chuck Prophet, Field Notes and even the Obama Administration. DDC staff pride themselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps them up late into the wet Portland night.
Saskatoon. What does that word bring to mind?
I drove across Saskatchewan some years back with my mom. I remember the flatness, and the “ice storm of the century” we were enjoying. And that was late November, and it was insane driving conditions! My poor mom was white-knuckled in that co-pilot seat. Ha!
I remember being bummed we didn’t go through Saskatoon. Swift Current was cool and all, but I wanted to see EVERY city on across that prairies. I’m pretty fired up to check out your town once and for all!
Oh, and, Sasquatch comes to mind. Any sightings up there on the Canadian Prairie. Being the Junior Sasqualogist that I am, this data is crucial to my ongoing studies. Please hand it over.
Canadian bands you like?
Oh man, where to start? There’s so many! Maybe it’s easier just to say, “The DDC wants NOTHING TO DO with the Barenaked Ladies.” America’s got enough problems in the “Rock" department, and yet, those guys just keep punching me in the face.
But in the spirit of Canadian rock, here’s our list:
02. Broken Social Scene
06. The Guess Who (!!!)
08. Fucked Up
09. Godspeed, You Black Emperor
10. Black Mountain
11. King Khan
12. Eric’s Trip
13. Rural Alberta Advantage
14. And ol’ Neil Young
A favourite Canadian design project or designer?
Burton Kramer and his identity work. One of the greatest. Is the CBC logo too easy to pick?
I think the thing that gets me about Canadian design in general, and say we start with the Canadian government, is its inclination to go towards a cleaner, modern, European set of ideals, free from all the eagles and filament we clutter our American bureacracy with. That simple grid you see on the customs forms and other simple items? Works so well. Design shows it’s head in beautiful ways in Canada. Good lessons for us Dumb Americans to the south a piece.
Favorite piece of Canadian design? That beautiful flag you guys have. Lucky ducks!
Do you like the way we spell favourite?
Sure! I’m down with all the quirks of the English language. I’m more interested in your accents. “Pro-cess” and “ah-boot.” You funny hosers, I love ya. Different spellings or weird vowel sounds? You gave us John Candy, so, I’d say were about square. Thank you!
Oh yeah, please don’t Google “Duck Dynasty” or “Sarah Palin” or “Guy Fieri.” Talk about quirks of English language? More like, “AMERICAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE DISASTERS!” Hate those turds.
Closing remarks on your upcoming visit?
I grew up but a 100 miles from Canada. We’d visit Sault St. Marie and Windsor all the time. And to this day, hopping that border still feels…uh…oddly exotic.Even if the border guard is messing with you. Canada was this strange and magical place when I was growing up, and I’ll keep it that way. The DDC loves Canada! Coffee Crisp!
Mr. Draplin is coming to YXE Apr 3rd. Don't miss it!
Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bona fide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple of tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design. Just a regular guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, his talk is open to all comers brave enough to show up. If you are a youngster, you may find yourself inspired to attack your design future in a different way. If you are established, you may just leave feeling grateful you don't have anything to do with him. Hard to say. Be there!
Admission + Poster Combo = $60
Get Draplin's Canada Poster, our Ryan Schmidt designed - Odelay! screen printed 18"x24" event poster, a pack of Field Notes and admission to his presentation at Louis' Loft!
Admission + Event Poster = $35
GDC Members Admission = $20
Public Admission = $25
Aaron is the creator of Field Notes check out this video and the links below to learn more about this bearded man.