Office Art: New Metal Prints

During our Art Basel show earlier this month we made a huge splash with our newest offering: gapingvoid Aluminium Prints. People love them. They look very slick and shiny. Substantial. I dunno, they just have this very je-ne-sais-quoi about them. Right now we’re just selling little 8×10 ones on the gallery site, buit in the […]

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“Our brains are hard-wired to play tricks on us, so we need work environments that play tricks back.”

[One of my favorite Jedi mind-tricks of recent times: The “All-Over” I did for Cisco Cloud. Click on image to enlarge etc.] It was just a matter of time before we’d hear some serious backlash against the Open-Plan office. From Fast Company’s Jason Feifer: “OFFICES FOR ALL! WHY OPEN-OFFICE LAYOUTS ARE BAD FOR EMPLOYEES, BOSSES, […]

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gapingvoid Art Blocks: “Who says business gifts have to suck?”

[Originally sent out in the nevwletter yesterday etc.] Everyone went crazy over the “Art Blocks” last week! YAY! Here are three new designs to choose from! Check them out HERE. People were asking about custom images. If there is one of Hugh’s cartoons that you absolutely LOVE then email us and we will see if we can make it happen […]

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“Space Hacking”, the new geek-chic term for “decorating”

[spotted inside facebook’s manhattan offices: their logo made out of new york city metro cards. photo:] So there’s a new buzzword in town: “Space Hacking”. It basically means creatively altering the space you work in, in order to make it more agreeable to your sensibilities. Yes, it’s basically another term for “decorating”, just a […]

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“Brands become interesting to us once interesting people start using them, not the other way around.”

[Back in 2004, I tried merging The Cluetrain with the ad industry, perhaps a couple of years before the world was really ready. Heh.] One of gapingvoid’s favorite collectors, Havas International CEO David Jones wrote a nice article in Advertising Week recently about how we need to kill the idea of “consumer”, replacing it with […]

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“The more we all buy from the battery farm, the sooner we all end up living in the battery farm, ourselves.”

[I know all about the churn, Darlin’…] This made my day. The wonderful Liz Spears (who in the early days of blogging, was rightfully considered one of the best in the business) wrote an epic post about how NOT to launch a “content battery farm” to compete with the likes of HuffPo, AOL, Gawker, Forbes […]

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“You have to love them every day, even if they don’t buy from you every day.”

Thanks so much to Vivek Haldar for his fantastic testimonial for our new line of gapingvoid laptop stickers, which I’m quoting in full, below [Photo- Vivek’s laptop.]: I’ve been a fan of Hugh MacLeod’s work since the early 2000s, back when he was actually making cartoons on the backs of business cards and putting them up on […]

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[Office Art:] The new site.

[I love the new logo!] I’m so excited about this, there are no words… After months of work, we finally (re)launched the new gapingvoid art site. Like we said in today’s email: gapingvoid has a very simple philosophy: “ART WITH PURPOSE” So we redesigned the gallery… the old design wasn’t doing the “art with purpose” […]

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Office Art as “Effective Visual Strategies” etc.

Gapingvoid: Effective Visual Strategies for Business from gapingvoid [Official Blurb: “There’s a rea­son why ima­ges are the most power­ful and effec­tive way to share a mes­sage or tell a story: Simply put, we live in a visual world. Here’s a look at what we do with car­toons and ani­ma­tion and some of the science behind why […]

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“The Art Of The Entrepreneur”: It’s not great art unless it makes you want to change your life.

[“Wolf vs Sheep”. An old favorite.] We’ve been working on a new project lately, still in beta, that has the working title, “The Art Of The Entrepreneur”. (It’s related to our ongoing “Office Art” riff, of course…) Look, I love Modern Art: From Picasso to Matisse, from De Koonig, to Judd, Gorky, Holzer, Haring, Kruger… […]

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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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