My guest for the kickoff of The David Paull Show is Aaron Draplin, graphic designer, author and founder of Draplin Design Co. (DDC). Why would I interview a graphic designer ? Because Aaron is not only an award-winning designer who’s done amazing work for Nike, Burton Snowboards, Esquire, and Ford Motor Company among others, he’s also an author and captivating speaker. His authentic style comes across not only in his craft but in his method of connecting with audiences of all shapes and sizes. I’ve been wanting to talk with Aaron for a long time to get the stories behind some of the projects he’s work on like the Voyager 2 poster he did for NASA, designing a US Postage stamp, and developing the popular FIELD NOTES notebook brand.
Admittedly, this is one of the most fun and free-wheeling conversations I’ve had since I started this podcast, and I know you’re going to enjoy it. Some of the things we talked about:
@2:04 What it’s like taking the TEDxPortland stage in front of more than 1000 people.
@4:08 Designing the P-Rod and Janoski logos for NikeSB
@7:47 How he crafts a talk to engage the audience and take them on a journey.
@9:51 What’s the story behind the NASA poster?
@11:38 How the FIELD NOTES brand came to be.
@31:50 What’s the story behind the U.S. postage stamp?
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