Generation Um: “An increasingly rare bird: an original and compelling New York movie.”

[Generation Um…] When I set up this blog in 2001, one of the first things I did was write about the New-York-inspired cartoon above, and how an old, random conversation in’s Fanelli’s Bar with a buddy of mine, Mark L. Mann, inspired it: Told [Mark] my story. Told him about being laid off in Chi­cago. […]

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YouTube Video: The “Failure” Moleskine

This is a video of one of my Moleskine drawings, currently hanging on the wall at gapingvoid Central. I don’t make too many of the Moleskine drawings, so they sell out quickly [though if you are ever in the market, I’m always happy to talk etc].

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The MailChimp Interview

[Watch Video here] [Subscribe to Newsletter here] [UPDATE: Because I want people to see this video, I’ll be keeping it at the top of the gapingvoid homepage off n’ on. Please scroll down to see newer content etc.] I’ve done a lot of interviews over the years; I daresay this one is probably my best: MailChimp, […]

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Deliberations ended: Winners of the Twelve Word Competition Announced

Daily Email-Blowing Your Mind from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. Daily Email- Mindblowing Cartoons from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. Daily Email-Social Objects from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. It was a little twelve word copy com­pe­ti­tion. We thought we’d get 20 or 30 entries. But ended up with well over 200, a great result and a giant “thank you” to […]

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“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, a movie about an increasingly taboo subject: Mastery.

A movie about an increasingly taboo subject in this vapidity-worshipping society of ours: Mastery. “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi” is a documentary about the world’s greatest sushi chef, 85-year-old Jiro Ono. What’s striking about Jiro is not that he has reached such greatness, but how he reached it. Instead of the usual celebrity chef schtick- TV […]

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Social Objects: The reason we’re living in advertising’s golden age.

Hugh MacLeod is Noteworthy at #SXSW from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. [“Social Object Factory’s Jeff Sass put together this video of Hugh drawing on his Samsung Galaxy Note (provided by Samsung) as part of Hugh’s participation in the Samsung #BeNoteworthy campaign. Cool!”] Matt Nelson from Tribal DDB wrote this blog post that seems to be getting […]

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The #StartupBus video

Rackspace – We Love Startups! from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. Another video our new company, Social Object Factory did for Rackspace at SXSW.. A sea of little red startup folk, piling into the #StartupBus, something they sponsor. “Because the world needs more Awesome, the world needs more Startups.” A simple enough thought, one I happen to […]

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“Because the world needs more Awesome, the world needs more Startups.”

Rackspace – Because the World Needs More Awesome… from Gapingvoid on Vimeo. Something that I’m VERY proud of, Social Object Factory’s recent animation we did for Rackspace. “Because the world needs more Awesome, the world needs more Startups.” Exactly. What astounds me is how quickly we turned it around. A couple of days from getting […]

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Having Serious Fun :D

Using cartoons to communicate about serious subjects is always an interesting challenge- and one that we deal with every day. Where is the line that can’t be crossed? How do we communicate about something serious in a way that is memorable, whimsical, makes a point but isn’t frivolous? We’ve proven 1000 times that cartoons are […]

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Maajid’s Valentine

When I attended Ted Global last summer in Edinburgh, one of the people I ejoyed meeting the most was this English-Pakistani guy called Maajid. He did a really good TED talk on how to fight religious extremism, based on his own experience as a reformed member of radical Islamist groups, himself (How radical? Radical enough […]

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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.

Brian Clark
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