Hugh MacLeod’s Illustrated Guide to Life at Microsoft

For the last wee while, Gapingvoid has been working with Microsoft, to create a body of work that expresses the company vision under its new CEO, Satya Nadella. The Microsoft Stories cartoon series “Hugh MacLeod’s Illustrated Guide to Life at Microsoft” launched today during OneWeek 2015! The team and I have traveled to Seattle for Microsoft OneWeek. I will be giving two […]

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Employment UX is a visceral experience

(purchase here) Back in the nineties, I used to have a corporate job in a big office on the 26th floor, in downtown Chicago. The office had a certain smell. Not a bad smell, just the usual, clean, synthetic corporate office smell. When I was new there, and still terribly excited to have such a […]

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Some new thoughts on Brand Storytelling

  [Content marketing: One of the @Rackspace cartoons I drew recently for Robert Scoble’s weekly newsletter.] A decade ago, my buddy Tom Foremski quit his high-status job in journalism as the tech correspondent for the London Financial Times, to go become one of the first professional tech bloggers out there. Back then there was no […]

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What matters

[visit the store]   Every now and then I’ll do a pretty random cartoon. This one qualifies. I’ve always liked churches and religious architecture in general. They’re like constant spiritual reminders in the landscape. Here, I imagined being somewhere in the desert in the Levant. Maybe Israel or Syria or even further East, and seeing […]

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If you’re waiting in line for a career, you’re doing something wrong

  [get the print] Back when I lived in London in the ‘Nineties, I vaguely knew this Irish journalist, call him Simon. He was a flatmate of an old school friend of mine. Simon wasn’t famous or anything, but he was always working. He was pretty successful. He drove a nice car, ate in fancy […]

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Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin

(This was a cartoon I drew for Seth’s excellent book, The Dip. You can purchase the print here.) My old friend and frequent book collaborator, Seth Godin has a new online course out on Udemy, entitled “Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course”. I checked it out, I liked it a lot. But instead of just reviewing it, […]

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Engagement? What engagement?

  [purchase here] As you know, a lot of the art we do at Gapingvoid is for the “Employment Engagement” side of our clients’ business. That’s a good thing. Helping people to hate their jobs less (or love their jobs more, depending on your perspective) is time well spent. According to Gallup, only 13% of […]

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This Week At Gapingvoid: March 30 – April 3

[order now] We get tired. We stop caring. Happens to the best of us. It’s self-preservation. The downside of empathy. Sometimes the world seems overwhelmingly full of darkness. This cartoon is a happy way to remember, we’re not responsible for everything. We’re just responsible for our small part. order now Everyone aspires to greatness on […]

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This Week at Gapingvoid: March 23-27

  [purchase] Last week at SXSW Interactive, I attended this panel about women in tech. As I sat there, I started to wonder – why are we all at this panel on career hacking “for women”? It’s 2015. Tech’s about disruption. Maybe it’s time to disrupt our attitudes. “Dent” spread all over Austin at SXSW 2015.It’s one of our […]

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Observations from SXSW 2015

We just got back from a very intense and wonderful few days in Austin, where we attended SXSW Interactive. Here are my notes: SXSW Interactive is more “business” than “social” now. It used to feel like Spring Break a decade ago. But then we got older, we started going to bed earlier, we spend a […]

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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.

Len Schlesinger
Former President, Babson College

"There are only two daily newsletters that I look forward to opening and reading every time they show up to my inbox: Seth Godin's and gapingvoid."

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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