Do people really want to be “Everyone”?

It always excites me to see someone trying to shake up the art industry, so I was sad to learn about Jen Bekman’s fine art retail site, “20×200” suspending operations. Though I didn’t know the people personally, I’d been rooting for them. It seemed like a neat idea, and I loved the name. So why […]

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“Art’s purpose is to express Consciousness.”

So having been in the business for a while, I keep asking myself, what is the purpose of art? Decoration? Pictoral storytelling? Conceptual mind tricks? Entertainment and/or Info-tainment? Meh. I have simpler idea: “Art’s purpose is to express consciousness.” That is true for writing, paiting, music, theatre, you name it. It’s also true for other stuff, […]

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Newsflash: Babson College is gapingvoid’s latest client.

So gapingvoid has a new client: Babson College. Or to put it another way: gapingvoid is now the oficial cartoonist for Babson College. Babson is a small, private college in the western suburbs of Boston, dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship. In fact, it’s been considered the top school for entrepreneurship in the country for the […]

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cube grenade: thoughtworks

A “cube grenade” commission I just completed for Thoughtworks, the global IT consulting company. Thoughtworks has this term, “Watermelon”, to describe a project that goes terribly wrong, that looks all well and good on the outside (green), but as the project comes to an end, turns out to be a huge ol’ expensive mess on […]

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the futility of “keeping up with the e-joneses”

[“It’s Complicated”. You can buy the print here etc.] So somehow or other you found yourself online in a big way. Somehow or other you decided, like millions of other people, that if the future is online, it would be silly not to join in. So you decide to get with the program. And so […]

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“art with purpose. work with purpose”

[One of the cube grenades I did for Rackspace etc.] Here’s something to think about this Thanksgiving: A year and a half ago I coined the term, “Cube Grenade”, and since then, we’ve tried to build a business around it. Art that you hang in your cubicle, in order to affect change, in order to […]

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a big company can choose

[download the printable version here etc.] Another cube grenade I just did for my client, Rackspace. They were a small company not that long ago. They no longer are. Figure it out. [Rackspace cartoon archive.]

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the more capable

daily bizcard 027: carl-henric svanberg

Today’s “Daily Bizcard” design, “Thank You Sir”, goes to BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, who’s having, shall we say, one bitch of a week. Oh well, I guess that’s why he gets paid the big bucks… Of course the current oil slick is horrendous. In spite of that, I’m no more one of those anti-big-oil people […]

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portfolio number two update

[Note To Self:] Sales of Portfolio Number Two are going well. I am pleased… [Backstory: About Hugh. Twitter. Newsletter. Book. Interview One. Interview Two. EVIL PLANS. Limited Edition Prints. Private Commissions. Cube Grenades.]

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