Aaron Draplin

Hollywood Theater in Dormont
March 3
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

As a precursor to its upcoming festival—which will return in April showcasing five days of cool crowdsourced art events—the organizers behind FULLTIME are hosting internationally renowned designer Aaron Draplin for a special one-night-only event.

He’s co-creator of the beloved Field Notes brand of memo books, limited-edition pieces and related accessories, has designed work for high-profile clients such as Burton Snowboards, Esquire, Nike, and even the Obama Administration, and is author of the 2016 book, Pretty Much Everything, which features a survey of his prolific career along with some helpful firsthand advice.

Photo by Leah Nash.

All fans of design, DIY aesthetics, contemporary art, social media, and entrepreneurship will want to be in the house when Draplin speaks at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont on Friday night.

Dubbed “the Bernie Sanders of graphic design” by Wired magazine, Draplin has also created print, identity and illustration work for Red Wing, Woolrich, Patagonia, Ford Motors, the Sasquatch Festival, and many others. A highly influential rock star in the design field, he was born in Detroit, and is founder of the Portland-based business, Draplin Design Co.

Co-sponsored by Pittsburgh-based design and print companies CommonWealth Press, Sapling Press and strawberryluna, Draplin’s talk is part of the Fulltimepgh Lecture Series.

Be sure to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to pursue a selection of Draplin Design Co. merchandise for sale, enjoy beer from Hitchhiker Brewing Company, listen to DJ tunes, and chat with the designer and event organizers.

Draplin’s lecture will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and is expected to include a Q&A.

Attendees will receive a commemorative poster created collaboratively by printmakers from CommonWealth Press, Sapling Press, and strawberryluna.

Don’t delay buying tickets, because this event is likely to sell out in advance, and space is limited.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...