Microsoft at Gapingvoid HQ

[Myself, Microsoft’s Steve Wiens and their trusty photographer, Brian Smale setting up the tabletop shoot.] Microsoft recently commissioned me to draw them a set of new cartoons, based around the new company vision of their CEO, Satya Nadella . They asked me to draw them non-digital, old school, i.e. pen & ink on blank business cards, […]

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Art Basel Miami, 2014

We had an amazing time at Art Basel 2014! Our “Do Something That Matters” show at the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach was a colorful backdrop for discussions about technology, culture change, design, media and Miami’s future. Special thanks to our speakers Donna Shalala, President of University of Miami, Jimmy Morales, City Manager of Miami […]

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gapingvoid @ Ditech

[Hugh hiding behind a shirt, next to Ditech CMO, Rich Smith] Gapingvoid has infiltrated Ditech, the coolest home mortgage company in the nation, for a ground-breaking culture consulting project. Top secret for now, but you’ll be hearing more from us in the future. Inspire higher purpose, get everyone on board with your mission: If you’re […]

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Installing the Dallas show…

Yesterday Laura and I arrived at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, to hang the “Do Something That Matters” show for next week. Though we have over 80 pieces in the show (it’s a fairly large space, I’m happy to report), here are just a couple of photos just to give you a taste. ​DEC is an […]

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gapingvoid’s “Do Something That Matters” show in Dallas, November 10th-14th

  [Details & RSVP here.] Gapingvoid is excited to announce that we are having our first show ever in Texas! We will be making our debut in Dallas, with our “Do Something That Matters” show, November 10-14th at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. An exhibit of nearly 100 thematic works will be on display, Hugh & Jason […]

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New e-book: “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”.

“What If P.R. Stood For People And Relationships?: A Manifesto For Building Relationships in the Digital Era”. [You can get as a free Slideshare Deck.] That is the latest e-book/deck I just created with my old friend, the business author, consultant and #futureofwork ninja, Brian Solis. [Full disclosure: I just did the cartoons, Brian did the […]

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gapingvoid at Mailchimp

[Me giving the talk at the Mailchimp offices in Atlanta, Friday morning.…] Last Friday, Jason and I were up in Atlanta, visiting the groovy cats at Mailchimp, the well-known Internet newsletter company. Our own Daily ​Cartoon runs on their platform; ​it is the centerpiece of how we talk to people.​ We had been invited to […]

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“Surrounding people with ideas via Art, is how you get people to live them”

[Like this cartoon? Buy the print here or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon etc.] I drew this cartoon during an internal gapingvoid meeting a few years ago. Creating “Visceral encounters with important ideas” inside organizations, is pretty much the gapingvoid business model. And yes, it’s designed to be emotional, designed to hit hard […]

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“Creating art for people who are also fighting like hell”

[Like this cartoon? Buy the print here, or sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here.] When gapingvoid was still in its infancy, I drew the gun cartoon above. Before gapingvoid, I had pretty much spent the first half of my career being an ad-industry grunt, and not a very good one a that. Though […]

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Creativity at Scale: “What is scarce and valuable are creative cultures *within* organizations.”

[Like this cartoon? Sign up to the gapingvoid Daily Cartoon here.] “Creativity at scale” is a nice idea. It’s the lifeblood of large organizations. The companies who can execute more good ideas, more often, win over time etc. The trouble begins when you think it can be replicated without great added costs or great effort […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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