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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“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 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, 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] 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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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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