What is a “Cultural Object”?

[More thoughts on The Rackspace Book…] 6. ROB LA GESSE Rob La Gesse is the groovy cat who first hired gapingvoid at Rackspace. He’s also the guy who hired my friend, Robert Scoble. He’s a lot like me and Scoble, i.e. very much his own man, very much an individual. I suppose that’s why we […]

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The Rackspace Book

 [Screenshot of the cartoon showcase page we did for Racks­pace etc.] I’ve started writing a book about gapingvoid’s experience working with Rackspace. Here are some initial thoughts, some more formed than others: i. WE’VE LEARNED A TON IN THE PROCESS. I thought I’d share what we’ve lear­ned about Racks­pace along the way, about how this small little […]

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“Kiss any hope of ever leading a normal life good-bye”

This made me so happy: My friend, Robert Scoble sent me a photo of the big gapingvoid print they have up on the wall in the Rackspace customer briefing room. This is just one of twelve giant 6 foot canvases that adorn the walls. Aside from being thrilled that they used our work, what is […]

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gapingvoid Loves The Cloud

I drew this quick cartoon earlier today; I was thinking about how many of the companies we’ve worked with over the last year or two have serious interest in The Cloud, and its future: Rackspace, HP, Cisco, SAP etc etc. Though we do a lot of work around startup culture (e.g. Techcrunch and Movenback) we […]

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“Forget Google…”

[Download the printable version here etc.] Another Rackspace-sponsored cartoon… I like this cartoon. It’s something that Scoble would would say. Scoble works for Rackspace, too. Do the math. [Commission your own cartoon here…]

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cube grenade: jeff sandquist

Jeff Sandquist, Robert Scoble’s old boss at Microsoft’s Channel Nine, commissioned me to design this business card for him. He wanted a design that worked for both techies and non-techies alike. Something that made him appear both good at his job, but still a human being etc. Fun! Thanks, Jeff! [Commission your own Cube Grenade […]

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does your schtick have a good creation myth? if not, maybe it needs one?

1. Silicon Valley was born in 1939, when Messieurs Hewlett & Packard started their company in a small garage in Paulo Alto. 2. In his book, “Delivering Happiness”, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh speaks of  in great length about “The Loft”, a place where all his friends used to hang out and party, and how this sense […]

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“don’t be normal”

There seems to be a conversation happening internally at my client, Rackspace. Spearheaded by people like Robert Scoble and the guy who hired him (and who also hired me), Rob La Gesse. “Don’t be normal”. Who wants a “normal” job, anyway? Who wants a “normal” employer, anyway? Who wants a “normal” life, anyway? Exactly. So […]

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how rackspace needs to talk to people at sxsw

[Download the printable version here etc.] “”South-By” is almost upon us, and so here I am thinking up new SXSW Interactive ideas for my client, Rackspace, who will have a presence there. We have a basic idea what we’ll be doing- I know Scoble is involved- but that’s all still under wraps. Nonetheless, I drew […]

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c.e.s. postscript: “intel processors are smaller than a postage stamp. intel has 80,000 employees. how do you fit so many people into an object so tiny? that’s what amazes me.”

[Alan Weinkranz– an old Texas connection of mine- and myself at CES last Saturday etc.] “Intel Processors are smaller than a postage stamp. Intel has 80,000 employees. How do you fit so many people into an object so tiny? That’s what amazes me.” I am writing this from home in Miami Beach, a day after […]

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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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