Share this project


Share this project

Photo 1024x768

I want to bring the Heavyweight Graphic Design Champion, Aaron Draplin, to the Fort for a night of cosmic wit & wisdom on design. Read more

pledged of $1,500 goal
seconds to go


This project was successfully funded on October 19, 2013.

I want to bring the Heavyweight Graphic Design Champion, Aaron Draplin, to the Fort for a night of cosmic wit & wisdom on design.

Ron Myers
Project by

Ron Myers

First created  |  30 backed

See full bio Contact me

About this project

This project was conceived with a solitary goal: get graphic designer, Aaron Draplin, to The Fort so he can give one of his legendary lectures on graphic design. 

So, just who is Aaron Draplin?

Originally hailing from the north of us, in Traverse City, MI, but now residing in Portland, OR, Draplin is a spirited graphic designer and co-creator of the designer-popular, Field Notes brand of memo books. He has built an impressive roster of clients, including the Obama Administration, Nike, Adobe, Lego, Burton Snowboards, Wired magazine and Incase. You can drool over his array of exquisite design at

And, why would you want to attend the lecture?

Let's just say that Draplin is a colorful speaker whose passion for design and the work ethic of the American Midwest and its history shows though in abundance. Once you hear him speak, you will leave the premises fired up to create and make cool things. Note that some of his language is PG-13. But, that's why we titled this project, "A Night of Graphic Design Straight Talk." 

Check out Adobe's "Aaron Draplin's Favorite Signs" (contains PG-13 language):

The Backstory and Lure to The Fort

Having been a fan of Draplin Design Co. and watching many video clips of his lectures, I wanted to attend one in person. The trouble was, it always seemed that they were too far away. So, I shot off an email to the man asking what it would take to get him to swing by the Summit City, perhaps, on the way to one of his regular gigs. A swift response arrived. Draplin was both interested and extremely personable. I started scheming. It just so happened that he had a few fall events close to the Hoosier state. So, I jumped at the chance to piggyback on his MidWest tour, which would help minimize expenses.

The Evangelist Brigade

I enlisted the help of two freelance designer friends: Josh Tuck of Rust Belt, and Kryste Wallen of thinLINEINK, who also happens to be Visiting Lecturer and Graphic Design Coordinator in the Visual Communication and Design Department at IPFW. Also in the mix is Carly Myers of Adphemera, a design enthusiast and expert event planner. The four of us are doing this because we want to enrich the culture of our city by bringing a nationally recognized designer here for a great night of Draplin's "Tall Tales." Those interested in attending should be ready for an unforgettable experience, whether they are students, professionals or simply those interested in great design. Even fans of large men in trucker caps will not be disappointed. We need your help.

Join The Brigade.

For this event, funding is needed for travel, lodging, venue rental, A/V equipment, marketing and merchandise. This is where you come in. Everyone involved with getting this event off the ground is donating their time, effort and funds. If you want to see more design events of this caliber in Fort Wayne, please consider funding this project, even if you can't attend. With your assistance, we can help grow the local design community and let amazing design both influence and thrive in our fine city.

Where and when is this all going down?

Providing we meet our funding goal, we are locked in on Draplin's schedule for Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, IN. Also, time permitting, we are working to get him to meet with a design class at a local university earlier that day. 

Take a look at his tour dates. This will be Draplin's ONLY Indiana appearance in 2013. Let's put Fort Wayne on the national design map and make this happen!


Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges associated with this event simply boil down to one thing, fundraising. We need to meet our goal to cover the expense of bringing Aaron to Fort Wayne. But, this is a labor of love for everyone involved and we feel there are enough like-minded individuals out there to make this campaign a success. Everything else is in place.

It really comes down to our friends and colleagues, in the art and design community, in and around Fort Wayne. We think that Fort Wayne can support this, and if you agree, please consider donating.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter


Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question


  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    30 backers All gone!

    POOR STUDENT LEVEL - Receive a cool, limited edition set of three buttons designed especially for this event along with free admission to the lecture.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    15 backers Limited (5 left of 20)

    LISTEN UP LEVEL - Gets you a super zoot, limited edition event poster to class up your office or workspace. It also doubles as your get in free admission to the lecture. We'll even throw in the sweet button set.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    I'M HUNGRY LEVEL - After feeding your brain on delicious design discourse, accompany us to a secret, undisclosed location to feed your body with food and spirits (travel, food and refreshments not included). Free admission to the lecture is a given; however, you'll also take home the poster and buttons. But really, can you put a price on the opportunity to hang out and break bread with the big man?

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    CORPORATE SHILL LEVEL - You or your company will receive the accolades of your peers because you have enough taste to bring a kick ass speaker to The Fort. Your logo will be emblazoned on every piece of merch and marketing material produced for the event. You'll also get a piece of all the swag as well as an invitation to the after talk GrubFest.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    THE BENEFACTOR LEVEL - No, not the ill-fated, Mark Cuban reality show. This level will allow any art or educational organization, or even a rich uncle, to step in and save the day by making sure we meet our goal. We'll load you down with as much swag as you can carry as well as give you the most prominent position on all marketing for the event. We'll even buy your representative dinner at the after lecture meetup.

    Estimated delivery:

Funding period

- (30 days)