Seriously, surf over to the Draplin Design Co. website and you will not be disappointed. Aaron Draplin is a compulsive blogger and designer with a strong bent for mid-century American graphics. I’ve visited his site daily for months, compulsively reading his opinionated ramblings and perusing the odd ephemera uncovered by his rabid curiosity. I look forward to every new post.
It’s remarkably powerful, the relationship between inspiration and ideation. Everytime I drop by, his offbeat images spark my imagination. For instance, one of his links led to this stunning image. Another led to this remarkable Flickr collection of shots of an old Kansas City Star newspaper press.
Which got me thinking how easy and fun it would be to assemble a collection of the most oddball hairstyles ever captured by film or pen and post them as a Flickr set provided by Supercuts. It may never gather a huge audience like a TV spot, but it could earn a cult following. And unlike TV, it costs virtually nothing. As does a YouTube page, a Wikipedia entry or any of a hundred other new media opportunities.
In our Web 2.0 world, these kinds of innovations will grow increasingly critical to maintain meaningful engagement with our far-flung consumers. Keeping a watchful eye on some of the most accomplished and interesting creative minds working the web today makes it far easier to integrate these ideas into our daily worklife.
So thanks Aaron. Wherever you are. I’d really like to meet you someday.