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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gapingvoid business cards

[Order your own gapingvoid business cards here.] [Thanks to my old friend, Dennis Howlett for the following plug he left me on Facebook. Republished here with permission:] I’ve restarted that age old practice of handing out business cards after more than 20 years of refusing to do so. It is so ‘not’ correct in a […]

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“The more enemies Alain De Botton makes in the art world, the better off for all of us.”

[Buy the print here.] A great wee animated video from the popular British philosopher, Alain De Botton over on The Guardian website, entitled “What Is Art For?” I met Alain briefly at Ted Global (Edinburgh) in 2011, while he was signing his books. Nice guy. Sharp as a razor. Both the fine art establishment and […]

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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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