Aaron Draplin: 400 Logos, One Big Wall

by The Editors on October 25, 2010

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We could tell from the warm orange glow pulsing from the windows of the CO Exhibitions Gallery on Saturday night, October 23, 2010 that were in the right place. Hipsters smoked on the front steps and smiling design fans strolled off into the night with custom signed Draplin prints rolled up under their arms.

Inside Burlesque of North America’s old warehouse in Minneapolis’ North East side, a QR code on the wall linked mobile phone users to a personal welcome from Aaron regarding the Thanks MLPS show. CO even provided headphones. But all these nice touches paled in comparison to the enormous, orange wall filled with 400 black and white Draplin logos. It’s a reminder of the impact Draplin has made on snowboarding and graphic design in general. Pretty much everything Draplin Design Company has created over the past ten years is on the wall.

Img 0217This show is a coming home of sorts, according to Draplin. “I went to school here [Minneapolis] for two hot years, fell in love with it and then fucked up and went back down to California and threw it all away,” he says. “This is my ode to the two years I had here. It shows all the warts and moles. The good, the bad, a lot of ugly and hopefully a lot of fun. That’s it. Just to say thank you, because this community was the kick in the ass that I needed.”

The Thanks MLPS show runs until till November 20, 2010. Follow the jump for more photos and a short video interview with Aaron. . .
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These graphic design fans could have been at an LCD Soundsystem show at Roy Wilkins, but they chose an evening with Aaron Draplin.

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It was a DDC logo-o-rama.

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Just a few of Draplin’s finished marketing pieces.

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The big wall.

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The merchandise table was busy all night. Cash only, please.

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We were smiling, too. . . It was a great night in Minneapolis.

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