Aaron Draplin at his Birmingham Flag Workshop hosted by UAB during Design Week Birmingham 2014. Photo credit: Jared Ragland

Last week, the Design Week Birmingham team (including our very own Shannon and Matt Harris) welcomed Aaron Draplin to town as DWB’s keynote speaker.

But our esteemed designer friend didn’t just come and go as quickly as he could. Aaron stuck around our proud and progressing city to experience as much as he could fit in. There happened to be a huge turnout to every event during DWB, and Aaron was certainly a big part of that.

We love it when outsiders get to experience Birmingham—or at least the new Birmingham—for the first time. So we asked Aaron to take a quick break from the daily grind at Draplin Design Co. to answer a few questions for us. Here’s what he had to say.