The Infinite Game

by Laughing Stock on May 9, 2014


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A nursing mother, storytelling, by Blair Thornley

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Happy Mother’s Day & The Infinite Game

I was wondering what I could say that was inspiring, heartfelt, and that connected to a larger message beyond the day. As serendipity would have it, I just came across this wonderful blog post by Seth Godin, a favorite industry guru and compassionate sherpa: Nobody says it better:

The short game, the long game and the infinite game

“How long is your long run? I know people who measure the world in ten second flashes, and they’re happy to do something they call generous for six seconds, as long as they get a payback before the ten seconds are up.
More common and more celebrated are people who play a longer game. They build an asset, earn trust, give before getting, and then, after paying their dues, win.
There’s something else available, though, something James Carse calls an infinite game.
In finite games (short and long) there are players, there are rules and there are winners. The game is designed to end, and it’s based on scarcity.
In the infinite game, though, something completely different is going on. In the infinite game, the point is to keep playing, not to win. In the infinite game, the journey is all there is. And so, players in an infinite game never stop giving so they can take. Players in this game throw a slower pitch so the batter can hit it, because a no-hitter shutout has no real upside. A good mom, of course, always plays the infinite game. But it turns out that it’s possible to build an organization or even a country that does this as well. Build hospitals and schools instead of forts and barricades…
You certainly know people who play this game, you may well have been touched by them, inspired by them and taught by them. The wrong question to ask is, “but how do they win?” The right way to understand it is, “but is it worth playing?”” ~ Seth Godin

An exhausted mother, by Amanda Duffy

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To Our Moms:

With gratitude for who you are, all the illustrators & staff at Laughing Stock wish you a very happy Mother’s Day. (hang in there, all you dads.. we’ll salute you when your day rolls around) For everyone else, there’s always Thanksgiving.


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How to Use Illustrations to Build Your Brand

by Laughing Stock on April 10, 2014

Illustration Is A Powerful Tool:

Use It To Tell Your Stories

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Cave Dweller Storytelling image by Sharon Dilorio
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Use illustration to tell your story and leave lasting impressions. Tell symbolic stories: the original story telling format.. think cavedweller. People simply don’t have time for the long read.
We do that.

Infographics image by Ronald Slabbers
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Use infographics as a great illustrative tool to simplify and organize your data in an easy to grasp format. When done well, data driven visuals are 30-40 times more likely to be viewed and shared vs. text.
~Stew Langille
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Bridge image by Tim Lewis
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Use illustration as a bridge to get to the other side of your proposition. It can lead, entertain, explain, break
the monotony, and jazz up your communications. Illustration adds value in telling your unique stories.
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Conceptual illustration by Neil Brennan
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Use illustration as a metaphor.. conceptual illustration extends your mental canvas & gets your messages perceived in creative ways.
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Humorous fastfood image by Elwood Smith
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Use illustration to entertain: your clients want to be engaged in entertaining & insightful ways. Humor sells.
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Fairytale image by Alenka Sottler
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Use illustration as narrative. Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned fairytale?
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Illustration is a powerful communications tool for marketing your brand or story. It is engaging, adds value and drives your message. Consider the value of illustration as an alternative to the canned visuals so often used for marketing messages. Consider using visuals that tell your story with personality, wit and style.
Think illustration.. think Laughing Stock as your source for your visually driven projects:
  • Email marketing
  • Story boarding
  • Advertising
  • Multi-media projects
  • Presentations & slideshows
  • Ad banners
  • Website graphics

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Images Can Increase Your Email Click-through Rates

February 11, 2014

Find fresh & engaging images at Laughing Stock & get your 42%   Our email vendor, GetVero, analyzed the data from over 5,000 campaigns they sent out on behalf of their customers and were selected across a range of formats and industries. The results were clear: Campaigns with images actually get 42% increase* in click […]

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Once Upon A Time with Illustrator Alenka Sottler

November 18, 2013

We are delighted to welcome Slovenian illustrator, Alenka Sottler!  “Absolutely stunning modern fairy tale illustrations” as tweeted by esteemed blogger Maria Popova, and featured in 50Watts. From delightful African Folk Tales to a classic interpretation of Cinderella, Alenka’s work is inspired. You can see her featured gallery or review her stock portfolio and arrange […]

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Illustrator Michael Sloan in Hong Kong / Part 2

June 1, 2013

Michael Sloan, abroad  for the year, captures more lively views from the teeming streets of Hong Kong: full of color, clamor, and character. Greetings from Hong Kong. My family and I continue our year-long adventure living and working in Hong Kong. Frequent thunder and lightning storms and temperatures in the 90’s herald the onset of […]

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Portfolio Advice

March 6, 2013

My esteemed colleague and now friend, Selina Maitreya, is a well known and highly regarded creative consultant and educator.  She works primarily with photographers, but really her work translates across all creative categories, so illustrators, listen up to her portfolio advice, and substitute the word illustrator for photographer. PORTFOLIO ADVICE  by Selina Maitreya ©2013 Clients today want […]

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Who Ate My Lunch?.. The Infographic

October 12, 2012

  It’s natural for me to think in pictures, so when I had a lengthy conversation about wealth in the United States with international attorney and economist, Robert E. McDaniel, ESQ., I immediately began envisioning his data and ideas as an infographic. I called the graphic Who Ate My Lunch? , because the metaphor of 100 […]

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Illustrator Michael Sloan in Hong Kong

September 9, 2012

    Michael Sloan, a Laughing Stock illustrator, has started his excellent year long adventure with his family in Hong Kong. He’s wasting no time capturing the colorful life and busy street scenes of the city. Michael explores the bustling neighborhoods, crowded  streets and outdoor markets that sell everything. The main streets are very hot […]

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How To Steal Like An Artist

February 22, 2012

In his soon to be published book, Steal Like An Artist, author and artist, Austin Kleon, takes artistic truisms and delivers them with simplicity, humor & open heartedness, creating a delightful  guide to nurture and inspire our the creative mind.     He sets out his manifesto and expands the points on his blog : First and formost: […]

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Illustration & Magic

October 20, 2011

 If magic is about transformation and illusion, then illustration evokes these very qualities. In an illustrator’s hands, reality is transformed, interpreted, concepted and nuanced with emotion, psychology, composition, design, personality, sleight of hand and all manner of magic. A perfect act of conjuring in the tradition of great magicians of old. As Halloween approaches, the intersection […]

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