Aaron James Draplin | Graphic Artist & Field Notes Co-Founder

Draplin is a man of strong colors and careful lines. An obsessive collector of choice logos, lettering and ephemera, he puts that passion for simple detail into his work as the proud dad of the Field Notes line, and titular designer at Draplin Design Co.

Your manifesto / rules to live by / motto:

01. Keep shit fun.
02. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
03. Do whatever you can to take down Guy Fieri.
04. Stay away from the award shows. Doorstops more or less.
05. Don’t be afraid to put the hours in. Sometimes it’s all uphill.
06. Call your mom and dad as much as you can.
07. No twigs, seeds, berries, honey, bark or gravel in my mustard, goddammit.
08. Shake hands firmly.
09. Take good care of yer UPS/Mail/FedEx person.
10. Anyone who plays a bass guitar above their belt buckle? Turd.
11. Always turn shit over. (Junkin’, etc.)
12. Never trust accessory pillows.
13. One can subsist a long while on a loaf of bread and pound of meat.
14. Take a second here and there to realize how amazing life is.
15. Get cosmic


How would you describe your work if you left out all the boring parts?

Straightforward, able to “take a punch”, resolute, long-lasting, universal, detailed, populist, witty and, hell, maybe even “fun. I’d just hope that the work does its job, and that all people can enjoy it.

Pen, pencil or stylus?

Pencil to get the idea from the thinker onto paper. A pen to refine the shapes into something a tad more refined. Then into Adobe Illustrator to build the shape. With a mouse! I draw with my left hand on paper, but “on screen” I use my right hand. That’s kind of weird. Results vary. Both with my work and my life.


Be honest: how often do you clean your desk?

At least once a week. I just get to a point where I can’t take it anymore, freak out, and straighten shit up. The chaos messes with me. I need shit tight before I can get to work.



Take your taping to heart. So say its creators:

“We were tired of using tape dispensers that didn't work. Either the blade didn't cut, or they were not heavy enough to use with one hand. We created a design that simply works! The body is made from aluminium, but has an inner cast iron core and it weighs an astonishing 1 kg (2.2lbs). It also has a forged stainless steel blade that cuts tape perfectly." 

This tape dispenser could easily outlast you, the key quality we all secretly crave in desk accessories.