This sold out event was held at the hollywood theater on March 3rd 2017. 

Our very first speaker was AARON DRAPLIN - yep, you heard correctly, we got Aaron Draplin from Draplin Design Co to come to Pittsburgh for a full day and just lay it all out for all of us. On Friday March 3rd 2017 there were 2 opportunities to engage with this man full force.

  1. There was a 3 hour Workshop for 24 lucky people - at CommonWealth Press from 1pm - 4pm
  2. Next we hosted a full on Lecture at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont that evening from 7:30pm - 9pm.

the Lecture opened doors at 6:30 we all hung out - grabbed some DDC merch, talked w/ the man himself, enjoyed a few drinks thanks to Hitchhiker Brewing, and chatted w/ other like minded folks before he took the stage. 

03.03.17  - photos by matt dayak

It was an amazing night and a hell of a way to start this whole thing off. Thanks to all of you that came out, supported this event, and independent artists getting it done. 


Graphic designer, author and founder of Draplin Design Co. (DDC). Born in Detroit, Michigan, he is now based in Portland, Oregon. Clients include Nike, Burton Snowboards, Esquire, Red Wing, Field Notes, Ford Motor Company and the Obama Administration. His book, Pretty Much Everything, is a mid-career survey of his work including case studies and advice was released in May 2016.

*Pic and description pulled from Wikipedia. We cant even tell you if any of it is actually true - or real - or if we aren't all just figments of your imagination.