March 16, 2008

cartooning gigs

[A riff on the Blue Monster cartoon. Recently commissioned by Microsoft etc.]

Recently I've been busying myself with a new series of cartoons I'm doing for Microsoft. The cartoon above is one of them.

Microsoft is awash with both [A] complicated products and [B] complicated ideas, so they often use my cartoons internally to communicate them in a more, shall we say, digestible form.

I'm also talking to other large companies about doing the same kind of thing with them. The work suits me. I like the challenge, I like the mental algebra, I like being able to interface with hardcore, real-world problems. And it can all be done in Alpine, Texas, Cumbria or wherever via the internet, without me having to book an airline ticket and hotel.

If this is something that would be useful for your company, feel free to drop me an e-mail.

[I'm still doing the public speaking and appearance gigs, of course. More info here. Thanks Again.]

Posted by hugh macleod at March 16, 2008 8:34 PM | TrackBack

I like the copywriting, though from a brand perceptual standpoint I'm not sure how that monster represents them well.

Having said that, my *personal* feelings toward MS are slanted a certain way, and in this light I really enjoy the use of the monster ;)

I'm pretty impressed that you managed to sell them on the concept... mayhap you've delivered them a subtle sort of trojan horse.

Posted by: Jason Hargrove at March 18, 2008 7:46 PM

I, too, am impressed that you successfully acquired Microsoft as a client for your cartooning concept.

Did this process of convincing Microsoft take a long time?

Posted by: Reginald at March 20, 2008 12:47 AM

Considering what we as humans have done with our "potential", MS biz plan as we have seen ( we on the receiving end, as it is ) I think the future looks like Haiti ( on a bad day, with no clouds ).

Glad you have work that you enjoy, like your cartoons.


( Full disclosure, I use MS products running in a Virtual machine Environment )

Posted by: Terence Dodge at March 20, 2008 3:32 AM

Howdy! When you going to blog a bit more?! Following your twitter is great but i miss your regular great writing and views! x

Posted by: Catherine at March 22, 2008 8:45 PM

Interesting website. ITs really interesting microsoft uses you cartoons in such a way!! Good job.

Posted by: Lost Duck at March 23, 2008 4:46 PM