Draft & Draw NYC
When I first moved to NYC, I'd sometimes meet up with designer friends at a bar to hang. Being creatives, we’d usually have our sketchbooks and sometimes end up drawing. I think after doodling with 4 or 5 friends one time, I started thinking about a bigger idea. Bringing a large group of people together for a drink and draw had been done but not necessarily within the graphic design realm. At least not the way I was imagining it could happen. The wheels started turning and shortly thereafter I sought out some help from my buddy Shane Zucker. After lots of brainstorming & designing, Draft & Draw was born.
Draft & Draw is a social design event series based around drawing, drinking, friending, & thinking. We all have portfolios with nice finished work, but how did they get to that result? Each event is centered around a local creative & their incredible talent. Draft & Draw asks them to open up their sketchbook and talk about their process. How they start a project. How they utilize tools and techniques away from the computer. Drawing is only 1/2 of the event as we seek to incorporate local craft beer at each event. Thus creating a true local event with talent in both designer & beer. Utilizing the key speaker, attendees get an event specific pint glass, drawing utensil, screen print, stickers, & whatever else we think of for the event.
At the time I’m writing this, we’ve only had 2 events and the 75 tickets for the last one sold out in 45 minutes. We now have 2 new speakers locked in for future events and are talking to more. Since its inception last fall, we’ve been asked by 6 other cities across the country to bring Draft & Draw to them. We’re now making plans to expand Draft & Draw chapters across the country and with help, we hope internationally.
Since August 2013, I think I've gone through 8 - 10 iterations of the site with only 2 of them seeing the light of day. We are now in the middle of working on version 3 which will be filled with a lot of rad new features. Stay tuned Draft & Draw Alumni!
Photos from Dratft & Draw #1 by Julia Robbs