No Such Thing As Ditch Digger’s Block

** Feature Image by Mike Arzt.

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of helping to organize an event for the world renowned graphic designer, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Company.

Through a series of cosmic events all lining up perfectly Aaron was on a tour promoting his super awesome book Pretty Much Everything.  We were fortunate that he was able to swing through Denver and spend an intimate evening with our crew.

The event was full of stories and experiences shared from Aaron’s career. It really has been an amazing ride to this point and if you’ve ever met Aaron he’s full of life and a takes a real blue collar approach to his profession and art. I’m certain Aaron would see this as the highest compliment.

Aaron Draplin tagging his logo at The Public Works, photo by Mike Arzt
Aaron Draplin tagging his logo at The Public Works, photo by Mike Arzt

There were many, many takeaways from the event but the one that stuck with me was a question he received about creative block.  When asked about creative block he looked as though he almost didn’t understand the question.

“Creative Block? I don’t believe in creative block. This is my work.  What’s all this creative block stuff? Have you ever heard of a ditch digger stop to complain of ditch digger block?! Hell no!  You just keep digging until you hit the bottom and the hole is done!”

I have found myself walking around mumbling to myself. There’s no such thing as ditch digger’s block…

Let me know what you think. Do you think it’s possible to get creatively blocked or is it just an excuse for not plowing through and getting your work done?

Just a man and his guitar. Aaron Draplin in Denver. Photo by Mike Arzt
Just a man and his guitar. Aaron Draplin in Denver. Photo by Mike Arzt

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