Culture Hacking: America’s next big industry?

This is how I see it. And it isn’t rocket science: 1. If you want to change your business, you also have to change your culture. If you want to change your culture, you also have to change your art. 2. And that’s where gapingvoid comes in- creating art and ideas that express, reflect, articulate […]

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“The Tense Duality” that governs every creative career

[Exhibit A: My more personal side] [Exhibit B: the gapingvoid mission] One of the better things I ever wrote was The Sex And Cash Theory, something to explain how to realistically balance the need to pay the bills with the need to do something creative with your life. It ended up being a key idea […]

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“Business needs more art. You’re either with us or against us.”

I just secured the URL, I decided I wanted to “own” the thought, “Business Needs More Art”, apropos to the the idea I’m always riffing on. So what’s the gaping­void MISSION? To bring art to the busi­ness world, basi­cally. Which is exactly what we’ve been doing these last few years. Com­pare our work to […]

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Lest We Forget: gapingvoid’s July 4th Message To Humanity

[UPDATE: We’re keeping this at the top of the homepage for a wee bit, just so people see it etc.] [We have a REALLY special print offer on today’s cartoon. Go see. For this year’s July 4th cartoon I wanted it to say something that went a little beyond the usual Rah-Rah Patriotic platitudes out there; […]

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Fail Often

[Buy the print etc.]“Fail cheap, fail fast, fail often” is damn good advice. Especially for someone who wants to be successful. So it’d make a good something — perhaps a reminder to hang on your wall… Voila!I also love Esther Dyson’s great line, “Always make new mistakes” (she’s the well-known futurist and venture capitalist). In […]

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“Bacon”: The result is not the thing etc.

Today’s newsletter cartoon, “Bacon”, is a about something I see A LOT in the business world: Where people are soooooooo fixated on the desired RESULT, that they have lost all genuine, intellectual interest in the actual STEPS that will actually get them there. Even if it’s precisely BECAUSE you’re interested in the steps, in the […]

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Information Wants

“My work doesn’t belong in galleries, it belongs in campus libraries”

This made me so happy: Some of the cartoons I did for Babson College, now hanging proudly in their library [Thanks to John Capecelatro for sending in the photo!]. As I’ve said many times before, my work doesn’t belong in galleries, it belongs in offices. But hey, a campus library is similar enough. Rock on.

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[Originally sent out in the newsletter etc.] We’ve all failed at some point or another in our lives, but the question is always; “what do you come away with?” For me, it always inspired me to do better, somehow. I never gave up. So this kind of adversity-induced inspiration sorta became my “muse” after a […]

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Inspire, or die trying.

[Originally sent out in today’s newsletter etc. Buy the print here etc etc.] Like I said on Twitter earlier today, the people who REALLY taught me “How To” do anything worthwhile, didn’t write a big ol’ list of instructions, didn’t hold my hand, they just led by example. The great British advertising man, Dave Trott […]

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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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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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