cube grenade: the escape pod

My old advertising buddy, Vinny Warren, commissioned me to draw him a ‘Cube Grenade’ for his Chicago-based ad agency, The Escape Pod. “We are not in the advertising business, we are in the decommodification business” is a line of mine that Vinny has been borrowing for a while now. So it seemed appropriate to design […]

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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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cube grenades on

A few days ago, I wrote about how PSFK, the New York-based marketing and trend-spotting company, commissioned me to design a “Cube Grenade” for their upcoming conference on April 9th, 2010. Piers Fawkes, PSFK’s head evil genius just wrote a lovely blog post about the commission: MacLeod told PSFK that he wants people to commission […]

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off to st. louis…

Today I’m flying to St. Louis, to give a talk at Purina, the giant pet food company that’s owned by Nestle. It’s their big, annual digital summit. All their top digital marketing folk (and their top ad agency digital folk) will be there. I’ll be talking about “Social Objects”, and how I believe they are […]

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cube grande case study: bantam live

From Techcrunch, earlier today: Today, Bantam Live, is launching the commercial version of its social CRM workspace and is rolling out premium features of its product. Bantam Live provides an online workspace for business teams that has “social CRM” features, which include a real-time dashboard stream of messaging and workflow activity along with a native […]

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evil plans and big companies

I have a feeling that I’m going to be asked the following question a lot in the next couple of years: “How do I execute my EVIL PLAN within the limits of my current job at a big company?” I’m probably the wrong person to ask- I’ve never fitted into corporate culture very well. But […]

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cube grenade case study: kula marketing

[The “Cube Grenade” that Kula Partners commissioned me to draw for them. You can download it here and print it out etc.] Social Marketing Whizz, Carman Pirie and his colleagues just launched a new company, Kula Partners. As the idea behind their company was partially inspired by my writings on Kula and Social Objects, they […]

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shit creek consulting

The groovy cats over at Shit Creek Consulting commissioned me to design them their own “Cube Gre­na­de”. After looking at the half-dozen or so ideas I presented to them, they chose the one above. I believe they’re looking to use it for their business cards, for example. Shit Creek are a Microsoft Gold Partner. It […]

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‘cube grenades': using my cartoons to help your business kick ass

I’m currently accepting new private and corporate commissions a.k.a. “Cube Grenades”. Please read on for some selected case studies, or for more background theory, read the commission archives.  Thanks! Traditional advertising doesn’t work very well. Sure, it tries, and tries hard, but most of the time, it fails. It fails far worse now than it ever […]

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gapingvoid commissions

[The lithograph I did for last month’s Techcrunch party in Menlo Park, sponsored by Stormhoek. Click on image to enlarge etc.] I’m going to be hanging out my shingle more in the cartooning department. I think it’s time. I’m looking at lots of ideas, but here are the four that currently interest me the most: […]

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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.

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