Last week I had the amazing opportunity to see Mr. Aaron James Draplin talk at Portland's Creative Mornings. Creative Mornings in Portland tends to sell out in mere seconds, so when 9:30 rolled around I was only able to add myself to the wait list. Aaron offered to do 2 talks that morning, which opened up the wait list for the second show. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I first heard Aaron talk a couple years ago at an AIGA Design Speaks event. It was the first time I had heard a designer talk so unapologetically, and full of passion. What a fantastic person for a young graphic design professional to get introduced to. His Creative Mornings talk was no different. At this point my career it was a breath of fresh air. Aaron talks about not putting up with bullshit, which allows him to really put his heart into his work. His passion for good design is reflected in his talks, videos, and most importantly his design work. I admire and respect this guy, and to me he's someone I can aspire to be. There are some key points from his talk, which have really stuck with me. Plus, you know it’s a good talk when you are laughing to the point of tears. Watch the videos and see for yourself.