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Wake up Boise creatives! We're Bringing Back Drap for First Thursday this April. Aaron James Draplin live at the Basque Center!
Wake up Boise creatives! We're Bringing Back Drap for First Thursday this April. Aaron James Draplin live at the Basque Center!
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There’s a tidal wave of reality rolling down 6th Street this spring, so be sure to join us at the Basque Center for a night of raw design insight and truth with the big man himself—Aaron James Draplin, of the Draplin Design Co.

If you missed him the first time, now’s your chance to get a front row seat to the best show since…well, since the last time he was here. We’re bringing him back to Boise for round two. I know what you’re thinking at this point. Should my ass be in a seat at the Basque Center this April 02, 2015? Take our survey below and find out. 

  • Are you a design/illustration/photography student currently enrolled at one of our esteemed institutions of higher learning?
  • Are you fed up with cryptic mush-mouth, doublespeak from graphic design-o-saurs who teach the world design but don’t actually live or work in it?
  • Are you burnt out on branding guidelines and soul-sucking, meaningless work?
  • Do you feel like kicking back, laughing and having a great evening?
  • Do you require some form of motivation/inspiration/kick-in-the-ass?
  • Would you like to walk out of a room motivated and reinvigorated, with a renewed sense of appreciation for the creative world we live within?
  • Are you looking for that certain “something” to crack that crusty-ass, salty layer of dried up inspiration?

If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, then YES, you’ll want to hang out with us for an unfiltered evening of Draplin! Just pick a package on the right rail rewards section that makes the most sense.

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Once the fundraising goal is met, we’re locked in on Draplin’s 2015 Spring Tour. He’ll be with us on (First) Thursday, April 02, 2015 at the Basque Center. The event starts at 7:00 PM.

Time permitting, we’ll also partner up with our local Boise AIGA chapter for an Aaron Draplin design workshop/portfolio review/BS session. We’re still working out details on this secondary event, so stay tuned for updates.

Note to creatives: This will be an incredibly motivating (and potentially career-altering) experience for the new and salty alike. DO NOT MISS THIS! Aaron’s only making one trip to Idaho in 2015 so let’s make it a proper welcome. Let’s get to work Boise and get the word out!

Risks and challenges

NKTRNL has some great resources at hand and connections to Bring Back Drap. That said, we need a little assistance from the community to help cover some key “point A to point B” expenses. Money is always the challenge.

Bringing Aaron Draplin back to Boise is one of our benchmark goals for the year at NKTRNL and a true labor of love. We’re really excited to have him in town this spring and know there are a great number of like-minded creatives who share our appreciation and enthusiasm for his work ethic, design aesthetic and “no BS” approach to the design industry.

We’ve got a great First Thursday evening planned this April. We just need to hit our goal by close of business, February 28th. Once that’s in place, all wheels are in motion. It all comes down to getting the word out to friends and colleagues in the design community, and really working hard to hit those networking channels daily.

Draplin is a big draw for many designers here in the northwest, and we feel strongly that Boise can make this a successful round two visit. NKTRNL is 110% committed to this effort and we’ll be working non-stop to make this a memorable experience.

Thanks for your support Boise!

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    "The Student Package"

    We know the drill. You’re burning both ends, living on PBJ, dried up student loans and whatever you can scrounge between your two part-time server gigs. Days are long and you need a reprieve from monotone professors and the daily grind. Drop all that baggage for a couple hours, grab a couple friends and join us for an evening with Draplin. You deserve it! You’ll have a great time and get some solid insight into the design industry, and learn how things really work outside the hallowed halls of academia.

    Note: This gets you one pre-order (on your honor) Student ticket + button pack.

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    "The Freelancer Package"

    You’re out in the world making your best effort to crank out relevant work and stay hungry. Sure you’ve made a few bucks off sketchy jobs here and there, but confidence is still a day-to-day battle, and you need some inspiration to stoke that fire within. This is the where Draplin comes in and gives you that much-needed shot in the arm—gets right in your face and let’s you know you’re not alone…and yes, it does get better.

    Note: This gets you one pre-order Freelancer ticket + button pack

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    "The Members Only Package"

    You’re a AIGA card caring member and believe that good design should be shared and fostered with your fellow designers. You've been to a few conferences and local talks in you time also with out wearing those horrible jackets from he 80's. Yeah you know the type of jackets we are talking about.

    Sign up for this package and stay tuned for some other great news from the local AIGA chapter. Believe us it will be very worth your while if we can pull off getting Draplin here.

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    “The (Employed) Freelancer Package"

    So you’re heads-down, cranking on projects through all hours of the night. You’re working smarter these days, firing on all cylinders and finally starting to make a name for yourself. Keep that motivation rolling and recharge with an evening with the big man. You’ve earned it so get your ass out from behind that monitor! There’s a nice, cozy chair waiting for you along with friends, and your very own limited edition DDC Idaho Poster—you know the one you missed out on last time because you spaced the merch table. Log off the “www” and get the real Draplin experience.

    Note: This gets you one pre-order Employed Freelancer ticket + DDC Idaho Poster + button pack.

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    “The Design Shop Package”

    Over the years, co-workers turned into friends and those friends eventually became great partners. You’ve finally got your own gig with all the right people in your shop. Your crew’s been following Draplin online for years and now it’s time to get pumped for the real experience. Not only do you, and nine of your best producers, get to sit in front of the big man live, but your logo will share real estate with NKTRNL on all the marketing material for the event. You’ll also get your own signed DDC Idaho poster for your shop and a grip of button packs. It’ll be one of those unforgettable experiences that brings your crew closer together…and it’s a tax write-off. You’ll need those just starting out!

    Note: This gets you 10 pre-order Design Shop tickets + a DDC Idaho Poster for your shop + 10 button packs.

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    “The Agency Package”

    So you’re the Grand Poobah now. Your “can-do” design shop evolved into a full-blown agency over the years and you’ve developed an understanding and appreciation for what it really takes to keep the troops fired up, clients happy and gears greased in the design machine that’s become your life. This package gets your whole crew in the door, up close and personal—interns, producers, directors, wordsmiths, bean counters, cat herders…EVERYONE gets in. Your crew will get reserved, front-row seating to the best shit-show experience in town—all the F-bombs, beard sweat and Draplin Orange you can handle. You’ll also have an open invitation to our “after talk” dinner and drinks hour. Swap war stories with Aaron and be part of an experience that will invigorate your agency for years to come.

    Note: This package admits your whole crew + a bunch of DDC merch (for your shop) + 20 button packs

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