My New Year Message for 2014: Choose your mountain to die on.

Like I said in my first book, “Ignore Everybody”, everybody was has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb. Some people go their who lives without ever finding their Mount Everest, their own mountain. Real life gets in the way: Jobs, family, Monday Night Football, retail therapy, taking selfies on […]

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“Outrageous Fortune”: Why “Culture” In Business Matters.

[When companies get too successful to fast, this often happens…] Does this ever happen to you? A person that you’ve known forever, maybe since you were kids, suddenly becomes very wealthy? Winning the lottery , inheritance, bought out by Google, etc.? And then suddenly, it changes them? They start acting all weird? They suddenly get all […]

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New Slideshow: 17 Cartoons That Will Change Your Business

Part technology, part people, part change, “the future of business” is different than we think. The Future of Business is also the big idea behind the latest book by my friend, Brian Solis, which i drew the cartoons for.  We’ve now released a presentation of all 17 images I did for Brian, with some interesting […]

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“Brands become interesting to us once interesting people start using them, not the other way around.”

[Back in 2004, I tried merging The Cluetrain with the ad industry, perhaps a couple of years before the world was really ready. Heh.] One of gapingvoid’s favorite collectors, Havas International CEO David Jones wrote a nice article in Advertising Week recently about how we need to kill the idea of “consumer”, replacing it with […]

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“The Sex & Cash Theory”

(Early bizcard drawing. Laminated. New York, August ’98) The Sex & Cash Theory: From “How To Be Creative”: The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the assignment covers both bases, but not often. A good example is Phil, […]

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“Office Art That Actually Matters”

[Checking out the gapingvoid art hanging over at Studio Good etc.] “Office Art That Actually Matters” is the unofficial tagline for gapingvoid, at least that’s the one we’ve been using, that’s our current mantra etc. A good architect tries to create a space or a building on that ignites people, on a daily basis. Ditto […]

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Notes On Office Art

[First published, Sept. 2009] Recently on Twitter, I wrote: Art that brightens up the office vs Art that brightens up the home. Two different vibes altogether. I prefer making the former. To which my friend, Kathy Sierra replied: Good! Homes are less likely to *need* brightening the way offices do. I can brighten my home […]

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“Mea­ning­ful brands out­per­form stock mar­ket by 120%”.

Havas CEO David Jones tweeted the following news story earlier tonight: “Meaningful brands outperform stock market by 120%”. 120%. And why is that, you ask? Perhaps it’s related to something Seth Godin and I were riffing on, WAY back in 2008: SETH: You can’t drink any more bott­led water than you already do. Or buy […]

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“How To Be Creative”, still going strong

In case you haven’t seen it yet, my seminal PDF, “How To Be Creative” is probably the best thing I ever wrote. And yes, it’s still free. First published in 2004, the last time I counted (and that was a few years ago), it had been downloaded over 5 million times (five million!). In 2009 […]

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the new gapingvoid homepage

This weekend the gapingvoid homepage made a big change that was a long time coming- now you you no longer have to be a friend or family to ‘get’ what we do 😀 The actual business model is the same as before, it’s just a lot more apparent now, especially to people outside the gapingvoid club: […]

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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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