“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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Damn. Here We Are.

[buy the print etc] [newsletter] A CEO would need a lot of cojones to hang this one in the office. It’s pretty contentious. Culturally speaking, its nitroglycerin. But the thing is, there are two ways of reading it: [One:] Oy vey, this company is a mess. Somebody please shoot me. [Two:] Guys, becoming a company […]

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Office Art: The Cisco Cloud “All-Over”

Last August, instead of YET ANOTHER info­graphic thingy (Is it just me or are they all star­ting to look the same?), Cisco com­mis­sio­ned us to pro­duce a cloud-related “gaping­void All-Over” for their  #vBrown­Bag event that they spon­so­red at VMworld, the big cloud com­pu­ting conference. Cisco’s Amy Lewis blog­ged about it here. My favorite line: “The future is alive and well and living inside […]

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YouTube Video: The “Failure” Moleskine

This is a video of one of my Moleskine drawings, currently hanging on the wall at gapingvoid Central. I don’t make too many of the Moleskine drawings, so they sell out quickly [though if you are ever in the market, I’m always happy to talk etc].

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On being a cartoonist:

No Jokes

[Sent out earlier in today’s newsletter…] I am fortunate to have lived in Britain. It taught me JUST HOW DIRE some office parties can be. They have Christmas-office-party direness down to an art form. So I wanted to make a Xmas cartoon that paid tribute to that. With a great deal of affection, I might […]

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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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Ink and pencil on paper…


Steve Jobs

In Memoriam [Print out the high-rez version from here etc.] [Buy the print here etc.] I remember the first time I saw the TV Ad. It changed my life. It was the first commercial I’d ever seen in my life, that actually spoke to me, my true self, and not just to whatever short-term, trivial […]

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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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