Miami Beach and the future:

This is one of the pieces we did recently for the Miami Beach Mayor’s Office. Though Miami Beach is mostly known as a tourist town with a large proportion of their economy being bars and restaurants, the fact is, a ton of interesting people live here, at least part time. Their business empires may be […]

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I choose this life

[Buy the print here etc.] I gave this print to my wife, back when we first got engaged. It hangs in our living room, a nice little reminder etc. “Reminding”. That’s what great art does- it reminds us of something important, be it a feeling, a memory, a sensation, an emotion, or an idea. It […]

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gapingvoid and the public trust

Left to right: Gapingvoid CEO Jason Korman, Miami Beach City Commissioner Ed Tobin, Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Grieco, Gapingvoid Director Laura Viberti, City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, City of Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales   While we count some of the largest companies in the world as clients, our studio is […]

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My next book project….

[IMPORTANT: The book is going to be a very small limited edition, so if you want to reserve a copy, let me know at and I’ll send you a notification when it comes out. Keep on checking here for updates etc. The preceding link will be the book’s offical landing page etc etc. Thanks.] THE PLAN: i. I’m writing […]

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gapingvoid in Miami

[Ilana Berman wrote this great article about gapingvoid for, the Knight Foundation’s online magazine about Miami entrepreneurship and culture. I’ve printed the whole thing below- Ilana took the photograph of me above as well- I hope they don’t mind… Thanks, Ilana! -Hugh] University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center looks a little brighter these days. Maybe it’s because […]

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gapingvoid makes the news!

[gapingvoid is hiring. Please read below. Email: jobs AT] It was a big day in the media for Team Gapingvoid. Not only did the local CBS news do a story on us (see video above), we got a big write up in the Miami Herald’s business section (got picked up by Bloomberg Businessweek): At face value, […]

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gapingvoid is getting its HR on

The rumors are true, the team is heading up to Orlando for a big HR event. Official Blurb: Gapingvoid will be at SHRM: 2014 Orlando from June 22nd-25th this year. We’re excited for the opportunity to connect to so many folks in HR and rap about the future of work. We created a survey for folks attending the conference to see how […]

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“Human beings will ALWAYS copy what they perceive to be successful behavior.”

[Buy the print.] This cartoon went out this morning in the Daily Cartoon. I originally drew it to celebrate the latest book of one of my favorite business thinkers, my friend, Mark Earls. I can safely say that Mark is one of the VERY few marketing writers that really changed my life, back in the […]

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“Business is not about making money, business is about the human condition, and the meaning we get (and give) from being alive.”

  I drew this “Market for something to believe in” cartoon in 2004, sitting at a bar, at the end of a crappy day at my equally crappy day job. It went on to be called “The Hughtrain”, named after The Hughtrain Manifesto it eventually inspired. I consider this cartoon my biggest A-ha! breakthrough moment […]

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Zappos is forcing new job candidates to join its own social network

[Buy the print etc.] From The Verge: That résumé you’ve been laboring on won’t get you very far at Zappos. The online shoe retailer owned by Amazon has completely done away with traditional job postings. Instead, hopeful candidates will need to sign up for Zappos Insider, a makeshift social network where they’ll be able to […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

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.

The New Republic
Lydia Depillis

Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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Former President, Babson College

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Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos

In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

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