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What if every graphic designer, builder, craftsman, creator donated 4-5 hours of FREE time on a Friday to help the greater good? Aaron Draplin is onto something and he is changing the world, one logo, one friend at a time…

#FREEFRIDAYS

Born from the loins of the proud Midwest, Aaron grew up on a steady stream of Legos, StarWars, family trips, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding. After making a name for himself as art director for Snowboarder magazine and Portland design firm Cinco, Aaron stepped out on his own in 2004 to start The Draplin Design Company. Since then, he has rolled up his sleeves for brands ranging from Burton Snowboards to President Obama. Aaron proudly calls Portland home.

Event Recap – April 12, 2014 at the Keller Auditorium with 2900+ in attendance marked the 4th installment for TEDxPortland. Committed to ideas worth spreading in the Rose City and beyond, 55+ volunteers, worked year round to organize this one-day event featuring 14 speakers and 4 performances. This year’s theme was PERFECT.

With special thanks to the UNIVERSITY OF OREGON for presenting partnership, a world class stage design provided by HENRY V, an incredible legacy bound book provided by PREMIER PRESS and to the creative digital craft provided by INSTRUMENT. All of our “Perfect Partners” can be found here:http://www.tedxportland.com/?partners

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)