Spotlight On NW Creative: Draplin’s Merch Pile

Pens and pencils. A simple wall calendar and durable little 48-page notebooks. Basic shit, right? Right. But take that basic shit and put some passion into it. Some craft. Then maybe you’ve got something. In the case of Field Notes, Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. in Portland and Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners in […]

The Right Thing, Designed

[Purchase this poster at Harmonie Intérieure]

Help Jelly Look Good

Jelly Helm dropped a leaflet at last night’s AIGA event with Aaron Draplin. All it says is he’s seeking a design assistant. But then you click over to his site and there’s this:

One Man, Many Missions – Aaron Draplin on Life, Design and Making Things The Right Way

PORTLAND–An overflow crowd of designers, ad people, snowboarders and other Stumptown characters packed “The Cleaners” at the Ace Hotel last night to hear from Portland-based designer Aaron Draplin, 36, of Draplin Design Company (DDC). The event was hosted by AIGA and 52 Ltd. Draplin is a big man and his work is even bigger. The […]

Agency Owners (and Managers), Check This List Twice

Peleg Top of Top Design, writing in the December issue of HOW, offers creative agency owners 10 tips on what NOT to do. (Editor’s note: HOW doesn’t offer its magazine content online, or I would link to it.) Here’s his list: Mistake #1: Not having a marketing plan. Mistake #2: Not priming the pump. Mistake […]

Portland’s Other Powerhouse, Ziba Design, Helping Take China’s Top Sports Brand To The Next Level

I was intrigued by a four paragraph story in The Oregonian today. Here it is, in part: Li Ning Co., China’s largest footwear and apparel maker, plans to open a Portland store in January that will be its first outlet outside Asia. Li Ning already has a research and development center in the Pearl District. […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Dave Selden’s Fleas

Dave Selden is Design Director at Pop Art and he has some advice for how to present a design portfolio, but the advice is applicable beyond design. Selden also recounts his migration story (he’s from Iowa). When I moved to Portland in 2001 without a job, it was in pretty tough economic times. Most agencies […]

Shouldn’t Landing Pages Be Called Departure Pages?

I stumbled upon two killer landing pages this week. One from Jody Ferry and one from Adelle Charles. I love how minimal and how visual both introductory pages are. There’s so much to take in on the Web–it’s nice to see these professional communicators make non-taxing first impressions.