While we’d prefer to hand you something cool in person, virtual times call for virtual measures. We hope you enjoy this virtual gift. Aaron Draplin, Ken Barber, and Timothy Goodman have whipped up some fresh new backgrounds for us to share with you all. Download them and use them as backgrounds in your next video conference call. Because let’s be real, Barbara—you’re not fooling anybody with that epic Tahitian sunset background.
Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, muralist and author. His Grandma calls him an artist. His art and words have populated walls, buildings, packaging, cars, people, shoes, clothing, book jackets, magazine covers and galleries all over the world. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications and he teaches at SVA in NYC.
Aaron grew up on a steady stream of Lego, Star Wars, family trips, little sisters, summer beach fun, stitches, fall foliage, drawing, skateboarding and snowboarding, at 19 he moved west to Bend, Oregon. He worked in and around the snowboard industry for a number of years before stepping out on his own in 2004, launching the Draplin Design Company. He’s been fiercely independent since then, and isn’t going back anytime soon. He now lives and works out of a backyard shop in an undisclosed location on the mean streets of Portland, Oregon.
Ken Barber is a letterer, type designer, author, and instructor. He blames Don Martin comics, Santa Cruz skateboard graphics, and speed metal logos for his obsession with letterforms. For over 25 years Ken has produced distinctive logos for global brands, and award-winning fonts. His work is part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Ken is type director and letterer at House Industries, and teaches at The Cooper Union. Author of three books, his House Industries Lettering Manual was released April 14, 2020.