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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Frank Stella: The Grandaddy of Office Art

[photo courtesy of artnerd. the frank stella piece in the photo above was taken inside the saatchi & saatchi building, up in new york city.] Walk into the lobby of any high-profile, modern corporate office building, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a Frank Stella painting, hanging on the wall. His stuff is pretty […]

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“Office Art That Actually Matters”

[Checking out the gapingvoid art hanging over at Studio Good etc.] “Office Art That Actually Matters” is the unofficial tagline for gapingvoid, at least that’s the one we’ve been using, that’s our current mantra etc. A good architect tries to create a space or a building on that ignites people, on a daily basis. Ditto […]

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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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So what comes after advertising (9 years later)?

Back in the early blogging days of 2004, I wrote a little online rant called “The Hughtrain Manifesto”, influenced by all the stuff I was reading at the time: Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Mark Earls, The Cluetrain Manifesto etc. The question I was asking then was, “What comes after advertising?” If this new Internet thingy […]

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culture = culture

[Sketch, 2008] Culture = Business = Marketing = Language = Communication = Art = Sex = Culture…

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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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