“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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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 themarfaproject@gmail.com 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 OurCityThoughts.org, 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 gapingvoid.com.] 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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“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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“The place where cartoons work the best: Within the cracks that we try hardest to conceal.”

L. wrote me a nice email about the Daily Cartoon above: Dear Hugh, If I understand the message of this piece of art, I strongly object to it.  All that live here are connected– life connects us all and environment. Even animals have feelings, certainly all human beings have the same.  There is too much […]

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The Real Class Divide

Economic Inequality is the big news story these days. Whether we’re talking about Occupy Wall Street, the Google Bus protests, the high rents in New York, gentrification, the stagnation of middle class incomes, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth or whatever. I suppose all that is cause for concern, but to me, it’s a pretty transient inequality. […]

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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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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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