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Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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Funny, philosophical, and down to earth. I only wish that more designers would put out material like this. This book is packed with quality behind the scenes photos, commentary, and the work itself.
I look forward to more to come from the DDC.
The only slight I have against this product has nothing to do with the product itself, but the way it is shipped. I received my hardcover book, naked, entombed in a cardboard slipcase. Due to the weight of the book itself, the corners were badly damaged during shipping / handling. It is a disappointing blemish on an otherwise high quality piece of work.
Amazon, you are doing this book a disservice.
One time when we were both 17 years old, Aaron turned to me and said, "Cam, watch this" and he proceeded to draw something with both of his hands, a pencil in each hand. The left hand's version of the drawing was an exact mirror of the right hand's version. This was no mere parlor trick. This was a naturally talented artist who had mastered the skills of his trade at a very young age. I saw it early in his career and have followed him ever since.
Aaron's "Pretty Much Everything" book is a masterpiece of graphic design output, cataloguing the career of one of the greatest designers of the past 50 years.
So far I have read most of the book...incredible imagery. Love the attention to detail that he took crafting each page. Long story short...if you are a designer looking for inspiration from a hell of a guy and an incredible artist, BUY THIS BOOK.
Oh and BTW If you've never seen him speak, definitely put that on your bucket list.
Anyways, if you are a serious designer or love design, get this book you will not regret it, it is seriously worth every penny! :)
All I can say is that Draplin has done it again. I feel like I got away with robbery by only paying $24 for this book. It's jam-packed full of good design, beautiful photography, and classic Draplin philosophy. I want to say that this will be proudly displayed on my shelf for decades to come, but I know that's a lie, because it'll never make it to the shelf - it's going to be on my desk, used day in and day out as a reference and a source of kick-in-the-pants inspiration.
Thanks, Draplin. Keep this stuff coming.
Authentic is a buzzword and marketing term nowadays that doesn't mean anything for the most part but everything about Aaron's book, his writing, and his work screams authenticity. From his tell-it-like-it-is attitude to the gorgeous photos of relics gone by. The book is part memoir, part portfolio, part advice and all cool. In the book he recounts his journey from childhood to now through family memories, crappy jobs, road trips, art school, paid gigs, unpaid gigs and everything in between.
You could get lost for hours just looking at the pages and pages of logos, collectables and print layouts. I haven't seen a collection like this anywhere, and to think it all came from one guy is mind blowing. The color is beautiful, the debossed hardback cover is fun to hold, and I can't wait to read through this over and over again to see what I've missed.
I'm a designer and recently published author as well, so I know the amount of sweat, blood, and tears Aaron and others put into this. I'm blown away and challenged to be so much better. If you appreciate design or a true American story at all, you'll be richer for picking up this book.
I can't wait to see volume 2.
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I thumbed through this at my local bookstore the other day and even sat down with it. I immediately decided I HAD TO HAVE IT!! Figured I'd shop Amazon and glad I did. Read morePublished 3 days ago by RVP in MD
It's not everyday you get to peer in to the mind of a genius. Aaron promotes creativity and confidence. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Honest Reviewer
Highly recommended reading! If you're a graphic designer you need this book.Published 4 days ago by J. A. Wagner
It is beautiful. It is well made. It is full of plenty of thick lines and everything awesome and I love 100% of it. If you're a creative, you need this on your bookshelf.Published 6 days ago by kevout
This book here, this is the most beautifully crafted book I own. Cover to cover the time that went into making this book is evident. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is incredibly colorful and it's filled with many terrific photos & graphics. Also, the covers are a wonderful sensory experience. Kudos to Mr. Draplin!Published 9 days ago by A voracious reader
This book is a sensory overload of epic proportions. If you are a Graphic Designer, you need this book. If you like awesome looking things, you need this book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Chris C.
Bought this on a fluke. Never heard of this guy before. I still don't know why I even bought it initially. Boy, oh boy am I glad I did! This book is so funny. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Goode Reader