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Notes On Office Art

[First published, Sept. 2009] Recently on Twitter, I wrote: Art that brightens up the office vs Art that brightens up the home. Two different vibes altogether. I prefer making the former. To which my friend, Kathy Sierra replied: Good! Homes are less likely to *need* brightening the way offices do. I can brighten my home […]

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Finding the Holy in everyday activity

[A cartoon based on the two years I spent living in New York. Buy the print here etc.] My friend, Euan Semple is probably the guy who convinced me to switch from PC to Apple, about five years ago. “Even opening up the cardboard box is a religious experience!”, he said. Heh. A slight exaggeration, […]

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On being a cartoonist:


The sentiment of this cartoon is so self-evident, I don’t think there’s much need to paraphrase it. Suffice to say, I am reminded of an old Kung Fu maxim: “Everybody wants to be like Sifu (i.e. teacher). And what does Sifu do? That’s right. She teaches.” Make of that what you will… [Sent out in […]

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I Love My Stuff

[Sent out on the gapingvoid newsletter:] We are living in a world that gets weirder all the time, especially this time of year. So much of people’s day to day satisfaction comes from consumption, that it’s becoming harder and harder to remain objective about what matters. We love our gadgets, we love our cars. We […]

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One Day

From the gapingvoid newsletter: This is one of my favorite cartoons I drew this year. Highly autobiographical. People who wonder why I spent so much time living in big cities- New York, London, LA etc etc need only to look at this cartoon to find their answer. The city, besides being a great hub is […]

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Small Teams. Big Impact.

Very cool. Rackspace are using the cartoon above for their new “Small Teams, Big Impact” homepage. Here at gapingvoid, we feel very honored. We really do. Like Rackspace says, Small teams can have a huge impact on the world. Here we hope to inspire the small teams of tomorrow by highlighting and celebrating those impacting […]

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Pepper Spray

This cartoon caused quite a stir last week, when I sent it out in the newsletter. If you want to print it out, you can download the high-rez version here etc.

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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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Former President, Babson College

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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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