February 6, 2008
cartoonist for hire
[Me drawing cartoons at the ODC event. People hand me their business cards, I draw on them on an EMO overhead projector, so people see them being drawn live on a big projector screen, a few feet away. Very cool.]
1. I'm writing this from San Francisco. Microsoft has sponsored me to come over and draw some cartoons for them at the Office Developer's Conference. I've had a blast so far.
I got the gig through Kris Fuehr, who hired me last year to come to Redmond, back when she was still working for Microsoft. She's since left the company, and started up a new enterprise. Based in Seattle, she's basically my Microsoft handler. So anyone from Microsoft who wants to hire me to draw cartoons should talk to her. Thanks.
I'm really open to the idea of doing more cartoon stuff with Microsoft, if they'll let me. The more I get to know the company, the more interesting I find it. Maybe not so much from a technological perspective [I'm not really much of a techie, truth be told], but more from a cultural perspective. The culture is so vast and complex, as are their challenges, positive and negative, I find it all extremely stimulating. Besides that, I generally like the people meet there. Smart, nice and driven is a good combo, if you ask me. So if any Microsoftees are reading this, please feel free to spread the word.
2. I'm also available for cartoon commissions for other companies, as well. Again, talk to Kris.
3. I'm also available as a public speaker. Again, talk to Kris.
4. I'm also talking to other companies re. other consulting gigs, all to do with "Marketing 2.0" and how "Social Object Theory" applies to their businesses. Again, talk to Kris.
5. "Have Laptop, Will Travel."
6. Thanks Again.
Posted by hugh macleod at February 6, 2008 12:22 PM
how about one for my blog? :-)
you know, kind of a cartoon that tells the story?
Your posts about MS have been a big influence in my decision to stop bashing MS. You've opened my eyes to the fact there are *people* working at MS. And people can change corporations. Hopefully sooner than later.
This doesn't mean I like MS as this article, a pick from PJ of Groklaw, points out. First an excerpt and her comment, then the link. The article itself is rather long.
* Among the fixes he plans to call for: Companies should create businesses that focus on building products and services for the poor. "Such a system would have a twin mission: making profits and also improving lives for those who don't fully benefit from market forces," he says....
Key to Mr. Gates's plan will be for businesses to dedicate their top people to poor issues -- an approach he feels is more powerful than traditional corporate donations and volunteer work. Governments should set policies and disburse funds to create financial incentives for businesses to improve the lives of the poor, he plans to say today. "If we can spend the early decades of the 21st century finding approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce poverty in the world,"
PJ from Groklaw comments: I gather Microsoft, like Intel, has figured out that there is a huge market in the third world for computers and computer chips, thanks to OLPC, which they are now busy strangling. So in this speech, I read it that he's asking governments to pay them [to strangle OLPC] and honor them for doing so.Bill Gates Issues Call For Kinder Capitalism (and Gov't Money) Thursday, January 24 2008 @ 04:20 PM EST - Wall St. Journal
Recently read Avinash Kaushik's comments on working for Google, http://tinyurl.com/2lzyhx. I wondered if working for Microsoft was as good. Anyone from MS want to comment on that?
Any huge corp that continues to prosper is doing something right with its staff.
Hugh!!! Come up and see us in Seattle...would love you to draw some Cartoons for some cool work we are doing for Microsoft! I'll drop Kris an email. Still loving my daily fix of gapingvoid.
Hugh's cartoon tells the story: Video Feedback.
I liked that your work was projected. Was it preserved and now a conference flipbook of contact and images? A keeper rememberance
What a great tool to draw people to you for conversations. Unless a steady stream cut the talking short. (in which case if the card wasn't captured I hope everyone had to give you two so you could keep one)