Blue Collar Creative Wisdom from the Dude, Aaron Draplin

I’ve been a fan of Aaron Draplin’s design work for a while, but just recently discovered he’s quite the speaker too. The guy has a great no-bullshit approach to design and business.

Here’s an awesome Creative Mornings talk that includes killer career guidance for young graphic designers, or creatives of any stripe:



Some choice quotes:


“there’s no excuses – if you’re on the clock, lose that stuff”

“watch out for web developers”

You are on the clock. When you’re done with work, go home and invent some Field Notes – then you’ll have creative control”



On getting started as a graphic designer in the snowboarding world:



And best of all, the history of Field Notes:



Now excuse me, I need to go study up on color theory.