On cartooning

[Originally published, September, 2007] December (2007) marks the 10-year anniversary of my “cartoons drawn on the back of business cards” format. Here’s some random notes on the subject, in no particular order: 1. I came up with the format in early December. I moved to New York about a week and a half later. But […]

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Ignoring Everybody, Eight Years On

THOUGHTS ON “IGNORE EVERYBODY”, EIGHT YEARS LATER In 2009, my first book, IGNORE EVERYBODY was published by Penguin Portfolio, the big New York imprint. The work originally began life five years before that, in Autumn, 2004 as an e-book, “How To Be Creative”, first published on ChangeThis.com. The e-book came out of a series of […]

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“How To Be Creative” downloaded 4.5 million times!

[UPDATE: Because I want peo­ple to see it, I’m kee­ping this as a pla­cehol­der at the top of the gaping­void home­page for a while. Scroll down to see newer stuff etc.] My manifesto, “How To Be Creative”, is still the most downloaded manifesto on ChangeThis.com. The editors there recently told me that at last count, […]

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what does it all mean, alfie?

A milestone of sorts was reached, I suppose, at least for me… Earlier today, my book became the NUMBER ONE Top Seller on Amazon in the “Creativity” category. I don’t expect it to stay up there forever, of course- it’s probably already fallen a few points since then [Amazon rankings are updated hourly, and tend […]

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hugh’s big blue monster/social object page etc

In my previous post to this one, “Blue Monster: Why Social Objects Are The Future Of Marketing”, I’ve just updated it with some re-postings of some of my favorite old blog post connected with Social Objects and Blue Monsters. A wee bit of a read- just under 8,000 words. In its current form it’s a […]

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note to my “tribe”: where are we all headed, anyway?

Crystal from Ohio sent me this picture last night. Apparently she liked one of my cartoons so much, she went ahead and got it made into a tattoo. Thanks, Crystal! That’s a huge compliment. This is the second time I’ve seen this happen with my work. The first time was with the Microsoft Blue Monster. […]

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choosing the book cartoons

[One of my all-time favorite cartoons, from The Hughtrain.] As the book now stands, there will be about eighty or so cartoons in it. I don’t have the exact number so far, a lot has to do with the actual design of the physical book- dimensions, page numbers, layout, cost of production etc. all factor […]

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studio update: desertmanhattan

[Click on image to enlarge etc.] For the last couple of months, I’ve been talking about a return to large-format paintings. Originally I was planning 6-by-6-foot canvases; I decided instead to opt for 4’x8′. I finally have my studio set up, as pictured above. It’s an outdoor studio, with cement floor, tin roof, and as […]

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book edit almost done

1. Since I got back from the road trip I’ve basically been locked up in my office, putting the finishing touches on my final edit for the book. It has to be at the publisher’s by Monday morning. I’m pretty much done. Just going over it again and again and again, micro-tweaking the hell out […]

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“good ideas have lonely childhoods”

The first chapter of my upcoming book is called “Ignore Everybody”. 1. Ignore everybody. The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. When I first started with the biz card format, people thought I was nuts. Why wasn’t I trying to do something more easy […]

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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.

The New Republic
Lydia Depillis

Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos

In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

Brian Clark
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