It’s difficult to accurately describe the work and website of the Draplin Design Co., run by Aaron James Draplin. I came across this website a while ago but was pleasantly re-introduced to it recently by chance. Starting to wade through the extensive portfolio, journal and pure inspiration of Draplin makes the quality of output and honesty really shine. Even better is the “matter of fact” style of writing as if Draplin were simply telling us a story over a beer, heck, his archives go back to 1998. Refreshing on many levels, here is a small sample from his company bio:
“In April 2000, much to the chagrin of his proud “Midwestern Roots,” he accepted an ill-fated art director position with SNOWBOARDER magazine. He moved it all down to Shithole, Southern California-alongside some hot, caustic beach-and wrangled some 23 issues of the mag. He won “Art Director of the Year” for Primedia 2000, beating out such titles as Gun Dog, Cat Fancy and Teen. No other awards were bestowed in this period, and like he gives a rat’s ass.”
Draplin’s work speaks for itself. I selected his poster designs, some identity works and his Re:volve Apparel designs to showcase above which really doesn’t dent his portfolio at all, just check out his full identity work for starters.
Ammendment: Thanks to Tom for bringing this video to my attention. I remember seeing people talking about this online a while back but had never watched it. Draplin hits the nail on the head, check this out:
Wonderful inspiration, check out Draplin Design Co. for the full hit.