Art is a GREAT way to spread ideas internally. Every day more CEOs realize this etc.

[“The processor is an expression of human potential.” One of the art pieces we did for Intel, loved by the CEO, now hanging in their boardroom etc.]  1. In terms of government spending, Rome’s first Emperor, Caesar Augustus pretty much had the biggest art budget in history. Even more than the Medicis. Way, way more than modern […]

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Podcast: Gape Into The Void, Episode 7 – With Gary Vaynerchuk

[Link to Gape Into The Void on iTunes] [Direct Link to the MP3 of Episode 7 with Gary Vaynerchuk] In this episode of the Gape Into The Void Podcast Hugh and Jason have a chance to catch up with Internet phenomenon, Gary Vaynerchuk, a long-time friend of gapingvoid. If you don’t know Gary, you should. […]

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“the object-idea”: the future of what used to be called advertising

I’ve been working on a problem lately… “Purpose Idea” plus “Social Object” equals…???? The Social Object, in a nutshell, is the reason two people are talking to each other, as opposed to talking to somebody else. Human beings are social animals. We like to socialize. But if think about it, there needs to be a […]

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dying is no way to live

[A little Blue Monster “cube grenade” I designed for my old buddy over at Microsoft, Steve Clayton.] As I’ve said many times before, the best thing about being a blogger is the people you get to meet. Case in Point: White Box Edibles nominated themselves for the Cube Grenade competition I’ve currently got going on. […]

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“cultural transformation”: what gapingvoid wants to do when it grows up…

[The “Cube Grenade” I did for Shit Creek Consulting etc.] So long after you leave college, you keep asking yourself the question, “What do I want to do when I grow up?” And to help you answer the question, you try out a whole string of different things. Working in an office. Working outdoors. Going […]

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today i spent most of the morning working on “gapingvoid’s big monster pimping page”…

Yeah, well, a man’s got a living to make… P.S. I drew the above cartoon in 1998. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose etc. [Backs­tory: About Hugh. E-mail Hugh. Work with Hugh. Twit­ter. Cartoon Archive. News­let­ter. Book. Inter­view One. Inter­view Two. EVIL PLANS. Limi­ted Edi­tion Prints. Essen­tial Rea­ding: “Everything You Always Wan­ted To […]

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how blogging really works: random acts of traction

[The cartoon I gave to Ester Dyson back in 2008.] “Random Acts of Traction”. This is a phrase I use a lot these days. It seems to be the story of my life. I put stuff out there- cartoons, prints, a book, a blog post, whatever. Some of it flies, some of it goes nowhere. […]

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cube grenades

[Update: Essential Reading- “Work With Hugh: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About “Cube Grenades’ But Were Afraid To Ask.”] Above is a photo that one of my friends on Twitter sent me. He basically downloaded one of my cartoons off my blog, printed it out, and stuck it outside his cube at work, for […]

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blue monster israel

Just stumbled across this photo from July, 2007. The Blue Monster made it to the SAP offices in Ra’anana, Israel. Rock on. I’ve not been pushing The Blue Monster much in the last year. I’ve been busy with other things, and besides, like Microsoft’s Steve Clayton told me a while back, “It already has a […]

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about the blue monster tattoo guy losing his job at microsoft…

A few people have pinged me about this story over the last couple of days, so I guess a blog post was in order. A couple of years ago, I drew the Microsoft Blue Monster cartoon. It started taking on a life of its own inside Microsoft. Then back in July I blogged about how […]

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