Making it in the little leagues: Aaron Draplin at TEDxPortland

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What if every graphic designer, builder, craftsman, creator donated 4-5 hours of FREE time on a Friday to help the greater good? Aaron Draplin is onto something and he is changing the world, one logo, one friend at a time…


Born from the loins of the proud Midwest, Aaron grew up on a steady stream of Legos, StarWars, family trips, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding. After making a name for himself as art director for Snowboarder magazine and Portland design firm Cinco, Aaron stepped out on his own in 2004 to start The Draplin Design Company. Since then, he has rolled up his sleeves for brands ranging from Burton Snowboards to President Obama. Aaron proudly calls Portland home.

Event Recap – April 12, 2014 at the Keller Auditorium with 2900+ in attendance marked the 4th installment for TEDxPortland. Committed to ideas worth spreading in the Rose City and beyond, 55+ volunteers, worked year round to organize this one-day event featuring 14 speakers and 4 performances. This year’s theme was PERFECT.

With special thanks to the UNIVERSITY OF OREGON for presenting partnership, a world class stage design provided by HENRY V, an incredible legacy bound book provided by PREMIER PRESS and to the creative digital craft provided by INSTRUMENT. All of our “Perfect Partners” can be found here:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


Santiago Ferreyra says:

subtítulos porfavor!!!!!!

Kyle Ronayne says:

Cobra Dogs at Highcascade!

Alisha Ippolito says:

Why doesn't this have more views? Love this guy!

Crushi says:

i was at mcad! (worked the cafe) in the 90's. great school. didn't go there, worked there… many many many talented artists!

Ash Ryohei says:

why only 113k views? why…

dipsmoke says:

You re awesome, man. Really.

Billy Wagner says:

that signal he gives to his dad's picture at the end gets me every time

Greg Scott says:

This guy is awesome!

Curl Void says:

does anyone know wich font he uses in the powerpoint is it just futura bold ?

Midosh Brown says:

this guy is shit !!! i mean in good way

juanvaldez45 says:

Aaron seems like a cool guy who does some good work, but what was the point of me watching it for 17 minutes?

Joe M says:

I love, love, love the fact he likes Red Fang. One of my favourite bands ever!

Picles Voador says:

I watch to this video every week to get inspired. And it fuckin works. Aaron is amazing! Design is amazing!

GeoAl09 says:

YES! A Tame Impala fan :)

NWOsupportersRdbags says:

Great video, Obama is an anti-Constitution piece of shit just like Bush. Just in case anyone here didn't get the memo.

Iggy Tubmen says:

dude is so inspiring

Julia Baxter says:

Aaron, you ROCK! Till today, I had no idea who you were. My bad, obviously. A little tweet sent me looking at this and now I feel I really know you! (A stretch, maybe, but whatever.). All about serving others with the gifts we have, and following the call to do our own thing. LOVE what you're doing and the passion you are smart enough to trust. Mad props to you, friend!

Rudy Reyes says:

Awesome and inspiring!

Sylvia Flores says:

I am in love.

Philipe Comini says:

This is Very GOOD!…

Joshua Hayden says:

True hustle & grind, inspired.

Florin Nitulescu says:

What a guy! What an inspiration! A motivational speech couldn't get better than this.

Irusja_gia says:

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