Aaron Draplin is a rock star and enigma in the design world – talent flows from every pour and yet zero pretention. He’s a free flowing fountain of ideas, stories and inspiration… and like the rest of us, he’s also an avid record collector. We’re closing out our first season of conversations with a biggie, packed full of wild moments from the design highway of Draplin’s brain. He delves into projects he’s worked on, but also digs into his own record collection and even grabs the guitar to strum a few chords of a Canadian classic. Pour up a drink but don’t go for a sip when Draplin is speaking as you never know what he’ll come out with next and you don’t want to spit hot coffee over your brand new Macbook when he drops some hilarious insanity and design bombshells into your ears.
4:00 – Draplin’s amazing book – BUY IT HERE
14:20 – Aaron, Leigh and the van.
If you’re into record collecting, and somehow have never heard of Discogs – check out their site and app. You’ll have found your mecca. Not only do they catalogue your collection, their site is also a MASSIVE global marketplace where collectors buy and sell records, tapes and rare CDs.
19:30 – Chris Ware is a famous American cartoonist known for his Acme Novelty Library series and the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, Building Stories and Rusty Brown. His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression. He has been a frequent New Yorker cover artist.
19:45 – The Brand New Conference 2012 held in New York featured big names including Massimo Vignelli, an Italian designer who is considered one of the most important of the 20th century. Unfortunately he passed away in 2014. Chip Kidd is an equally famous graphic designer best known for book covers.
Aaron Draplin has designed a bunch of different projects for John Hodgman, an actor, writer and humorist.
Art Spiegelman is a rock star in the world of comic books, editorial illustration, and magazine covers. His series MAUS is widely regarded as the best and most important comic book/graphic novel series ever made. Do a search for ‘best comic books ever’ and almost every list places MAUS at number 1. In 1992, Spiegelman was awards a Pulitzer Prize for his work on MAUS, the first time a comic had ever received the award. Its often times considered the moment that comics were first considered a real literary artform (mostly just considered ‘kids stuff’ before then).
Remember the Garbage Pail Kids cards from the 1980s? He drew those too. A remarkable career and we’re VERY JEALOUS that Aaron Draplin had the opportunity to meet Art Spiegelman.
23:00 – Not Jud’s actual Warlock, but a similar one.
31:00 – Field Notes are Draplin’s popular series of vintage style notebooks. They’re for sale all over the world and come in a multitude of various options with special and limited editions released frequently. They have become highly collectible. Get some for yourself right here. 33:00 – Aaron’s Dad. He and Jud’s Dad would have been best buds.
37:45 – In 1991 Jud’s parents opened an antiques shop. Jud made this short video for Father’s Day, 2017 (using an old Go Pro and iMovie)
Blue Rodeo put a new record out this week! Their first in five years – and its a great one. Many A Mile was designed by Jud, and features incredibly beautiful artwork by Luke Swinson – check out his art @lukeswinsonart.
1:17:25 – WIN BLUE RODEO’S ‘FIVE DAYS IN JULY’ DOUBLE LP! Send along a comment about this episode; a suggestion for a future episode; or a story about an album cover, poster or music video that had an impact on your life – to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll enter your name in the draw for the record. Winners will be announced on our next episode, number 11.
1:18:00 – Thanks Loel!!!
1:18:30 – Buy our Merch!!!