Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin holds workshop for MSU graphic design students

January 31st, 2014 Comments Off on Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin holds workshop for MSU graphic design students

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Designer and Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin held a two-hour workshop for MSU graphic design students on Thurs., Jan. 30.

Draplin began by introducing himself and giving students a brief history about his life before he started Draplin Design Company in 2004.

Then, he asked students to throw out names of local companies they all know and love. The students told him about Chalet, a Starkville arts supply store. So, Draplin split the class up into six groups and walked them through the process of creating a new logo for the store.

The groups each has ten minutes to do some research and were then given some time to sketch ideas.

Draplin told the students “to be open to magic”

“Sometimes,” he said, “the coolest things I make are the first sketch I make.”

Next, students were given time to vector their favorite sketch.

Draplin visited the groups throughout the process, giving them tips and pointers along the way.

“Everything should have a rationale,” he told one group, explaining that they should be able to sell the logo to the client.

“Don’t use the word ‘like,'” he added. “Use the word successful.”

After a short time, the students put their designs all on one table, and Draplin discussed the various qualities, both good and bad, about the logos.

“Isn’t it cool that 40 people did this in just one and a half hours?” he said, looking at the 13 different logo designs. “It’s pretty impressive.”

Draplin wrapped up the workshop by showing the students some of his work and discussing his process. He also encouraged students, telling them how much he enjoys his job.

“I’m always working,” he said, “But we GET to do that! I love making logos.”

Students left with various DDC swag, ranging from an envelope opener to a pill box.

Designer and Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin to speak at Mississippi State

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off on Designer and Field Notes inventor Aaron Draplin to speak at Mississippi State

Poster credit: recent MSU graphic design alumus Robbie Richardson

Poster credit: recent MSU graphic design alumus Robbie Richardson

On January 30, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. will present to the College of Architecture, Art and Design in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. The lecture is being presented by the Department of Art and the AIGA Student Chapter.

Draplin, a designer and inventor of Field Notes, will speak about his “cosmic wit and wisdom on design,” during his only tour stop in Mississippi this year.

A social will be held at 6 p.m. in Giles Hall before the lecture, and “Tall Tales with a Large Man : Aaron Draplin” will begin at 6:30 in the auditorium.

From AIGA: “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 bonafide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design. Just a regular American guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, his talk is open to all oncomers 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. All champion citizens are invited to attend!”

The event page boasts, “Let’s just say that Draplin is a colorful speaker whose passion for design and the work ethic of the American Midwest and its history shows though in abundance. Once you hear him speak, you will leave the premises fired up to create and make cool things.”

Join us, and bring your Field Notes cahiers to get signed!

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