Edited my “About” page…

[I added the following to the “About” page. Thought it would be useful to clarify what it is exactly gapingvoid does for a living. Hope it helps etc.] “Social Media happens around Social Objects, not the other way around.” At the core of any social media campaign, there are Social Objects. Social Objects are the […]

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@darylcook says,…

@darylcook says, My @gapingvoid print now takes pride of place above the desk in my office… a daily reminder! A daily reminder. Exactly. That’s the whole point of the “cube grenades” etc. [PS You can buy that same print here…]

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Become The Person

Creating work that talks about the stuff that ACTUALLY MATTERS to people.

Mike Natalizio, CEO of HNI Insurance sent me this photo. A framed cartoon I did a year or two ago for his company. Thanks, Mike! He’s got a few of these gapingvoid cartoons in his office. “Social Objects” designed to start conversations when people come to visit etc etc. This is what I meant when Paul Barron […]

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Theory’s Already Been Done

[Download the printable version here etc.] There ya go. On behalf of my client, Rackspace, a free “Cube Grenade” for y’all to download and print out and hang on your wall etc. A Social Object. Exactly. It’s not rocket science. It’s common sense. Less theory, more action. Less talk, more doing. That’s what it means […]

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gapingvoid Is Basically A Little Social Object Factory….

[One of my more successful “Social Objects” of late: The SXSW t-shirt I did for my client, Rackspace. We printed 3,200 of them, and they all went REALLY quickly. The just FLEW off the table. It was stunning to watch…] I’ve been talking about Social Objects for a while now. And using cartoons to create […]

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cube grenade: jeff sandquist

Jeff Sandquist, Robert Scoble’s old boss at Microsoft’s Channel Nine, commissioned me to design this business card for him. He wanted a design that worked for both techies and non-techies alike. Something that made him appear both good at his job, but still a human being etc. Fun! Thanks, Jeff! [Commission your own Cube Grenade […]

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laughing squid….

I just drew this wee cartoon for one of my favorite brands, Laughing Squid. Laughing Squid aka my good friend, Scott Beale, GETS it. Really, really gets it. Very few brands seem to be able to truly understand both the Art and the Internet so well. The only other guys I know who come close […]

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“social objects” is what makes the internet work, what makes the internet possible

[The Cube Grenade I did for Shit Creek Consulting etc.] 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 did during the golden era of TV or print. Those days are gone. We live in The Internet […]

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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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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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