Aaron Draplin, “Tall Tales From a Large Man”


What to Expect
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 Knoxville citizens are invited to attend. Be there!

Aaron's DDC Bio
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Patagonia, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.

Our Proud List of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and Occasional Usage of Big Words.

VIP Tickets
VIP tickets include the following:

  • Admission to "Tall Tales from a Large Man"
  • Signed, screen printed State of TN poster
  • Opportunity to dine with Draplin and the AIGA board at Lat 35 following the event
  • Appetizers at dinner (entrees and drinks are the responsibility of the purchaser)


Select the VIP ticket option during registration to purchase a VIP ticket.



  • AIGA Member: $35
  • Non-member: $45
  • Student Member: $20
  • Student non-member: $25
  • VIP Tickets: $75
When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001