All Products Are Conversations

[Buy the print!] [Subscribe] As the great Doc Searls famously wrote in The Cluetrain, “markets are conversations”. So it stands to reason that products are, as well. Products OF a dialogue. Products ARE a dialogue. How you talk to your customers affects how your products get made. Of course they do. Tony Hsieh of Zappos understands this very […]

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Permanent State

[Buy the print!] [Subscribe] I first drew this in 2004. A wee doodle that I thought very little about at the time. Yet over time, the simplicity of the message seems to have resonated with a lot of people. Any fool can be a burnout or a calcified dinosaur. Reinvention is much harder. And to […]

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“how do do you amplify a start-up culture inside a big company?”

[Download the printable version here.] A couple of days ago my buddy, Robert Scoble (himself a Rackspace employee) twittered the question, “How do do you amplify a start-up culture inside a big company?” A damn good question, Robert. I thought it would make a good piece of art, hence the cartoon above. More specifically, I […]

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crap jobs

[Download the printable version here etc.] [#SmarterConversations]

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the wee nudge

[“Hugged”, which went out earlier this morning in the newsletter. You can buy the print here etc.] These days I’m finding myself writing less about my usual sex/angst/alienation shtick, and more and more about business and entrepreneurship, hence the cartoon above. As my interests evolve, so does the subject matter. It’s really that simple. I […]

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gapingvoid’s thoughts on blogging, 2010

[“Poor Imitation”. The cartoon I sent out to the “Hugh’s Daily Cartoon” list a day or two ago…] It’s been a while since I last wrote about blogging to any great length, but here are some random thoughts, in no particular order: 1. Blogs work SUPERBLY if you have great content. It’s when they don’t […]

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portfolio number two update

[Note To Self:] Sales of Portfolio Number Two are going well. I am pleased… [Backstory: About Hugh. Twitter. Newsletter. Book. Interview One. Interview Two. EVIL PLANS. Limited Edition Prints. Private Commissions. Cube Grenades.]

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shortlist: portfolio number two

[The Short Tail] [Company Hierarchy] [Welcome To…] [I Don’t Have Friends.] [I Choose This Life.] [Mistakenly.] [C.F.A.] [Vanished.] Like I said on my last blog post, after the great success of the “Portfolio Number One” launch, we’ve decided to do another one i.e. Portfolio Number Two. [“Portfolio Number One”.] And like last time, all images […]

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“cube grenades” start arriving

[@macfowler: “Totally hyped that my @gapingvoid prints arrived today”] The Portfolio Series Number One, a.k.a. the “Cube Grenades”, which I announced the same day that my book launched, have started arriving at their new owners’ homes. Thanks, Mac, and Everybody Else who ordered! Rock on. [Update: The Create or Die prints have started arriving […]

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update: still on- the “ignore everybody” prints, pre-order at $275.00, with a $50.00 deposit.

[Click on image to enlarge etc.] A couple of people emailed us, saying they were having trouble their PayPals, and needed some extra time to sort it out. Besides that, as the original Monday night deadline came an went, people were still trickling in. It seemed a bit mean just to cut them off arbitrarily. […]

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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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