This Stuff Is Hard…

(This post is part of an ongoing series with Brian Solis “17 Cartoons That Will Change Your Business,” inspired by Brian’s book, “What’s The Future Of Business?”  To sign up for the gapingvoid newsletter and download the above image for your use  please CLICK HERE.) As Brian says, businesses are fighting through an exceptional period of […]

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New Slideshow: 17 Cartoons That Will Change Your Business

Part technology, part people, part change, “the future of business” is different than we think. The Future of Business is also the big idea behind the latest book by my friend, Brian Solis, which i drew the cartoons for.  We’ve now released a presentation of all 17 images I did for Brian, with some interesting […]

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Thoughts on the OmniPub merger: “I’m not sure what problem the merger was actually trying to solve.”

I know I’m a bit late to the party, but a few people have asked me what I think about the recent headline-grabbing Omnicom-Publicis merger, which if it goes ahead, will create the largest advertising conglomerate in the history of the world. Not much, to be honest. It’s just a continuation of the decades-old trend […]

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“Mea­ning­ful brands out­per­form stock mar­ket by 120%”.

Havas CEO David Jones tweeted the following news story earlier tonight: “Meaningful brands outperform stock market by 120%”. 120%. And why is that, you ask? Perhaps it’s related to something Seth Godin and I were riffing on, WAY back in 2008: SETH: You can’t drink any more bott­led water than you already do. Or buy […]

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The Hughtrain, Mark Two

THE HUGHTRAIN MkII 1. The mar­ket for something to believe in is infi­nite. We are here to find mea­ning. We are here to help other peo­ple do the same. Everything else is secon­dary. We humans want to believe in our own spe­cies. And we want peo­ple, com­pa­nies and pro­ducts in our lives that make it easier […]

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Office Art: “Just as the Internet blurred the work/life divide, the Internet is now blurring the art/business divide.”

[Barbara Kruger. Untitled (I shop therefore I am). 111″ by 113″. Photographic silkscreen/vinyl,  1987. Courtesy of the Mary Bo.] PART ONE: Back in my young, early, I got really interested in the work of Barbara Kruger (she uses words and pictures, so it makes sense, right?). I hadn’t discovered her work through an art gallery, […]

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“The New Certainties”: Minimalism, Motivational Speakers & Looking For New Stuff To Believe In etc.

[The “Hughtrain” cartoon, 2004] I’ve been seeing a pattern emerging. Here are some of the main ingredients: 1. That Marfa, Texas, one of the great Minimalist shrines in America is now a popular hipster destination spot. 2. One of my my favorite movies of recent years, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which I’ve been raving about for […]

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Re. How most people hate their jobs, and how to avoid that

Our latest t-shirt design is up on Teespring. At time of writing, you’ve got 9 days left on the offer… I got good at cartooning (and later, was able to turn it into a wonderfully blissful, full-time career), not because I had that much born talent (I didn’t), it was just that I loved, loved, […]

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THESE. ARE. AWESOME: Large, 40″x40″ gapingvoid prints on metal.

Keith Thomson, Managing Director up Stonegate Private Council (a wealth management firm up in Toronto) liked the “Dent” cartoon so much, he commissioned a special large one: 40×40 inches, printed on metal with a gloss surface. It came out looking awesome. Very slick, very solid, very professional. And then he graciously posed in front of […]

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history of my blog

[Updated version of a 2007 cartoon.] [Backs­tory: About Hugh. E-mail Hugh. Twit­ter. Limi­ted Edi­tion Prints. Car­toon Archive. News­let­ter. Book. Inter­view. Essen­tial Rea­ding: “Everything You Always Wan­ted To Know About ‘Cube Gre­na­des’ But Were Afraid To Ask.”]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
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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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