Fox & Cleverness

—'Fox' as in Dr Jason Fox*, and 'Cleverness' being an ongoing series of projects that we co-head under The Cleverness. I am our in-house wearer of many hats: illustrator, creative director, writer, business manager and inbox janitor.
Together we have hosted events, released limited edition print publications, produced videos and even made tea towels.

* My partner in business, life and cat co-parenting.

 
 
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The Cleverness Biannual
—thoughtful provocations for the quietly dissatisfied

Issue Ø — Clarity/Ambiguity

A limited edition independent magazine venturing beyond conventional wisdom. Issue Ø explores the paradox of Clarity/Ambiguity from the perspectives of business, philosophy and artistry. Featuring articles from scientists and philosophers, this print publication also hosts illustrative and photographic artworks, interviews with business leaders, gin tasting notes, and more. My favourite project to date—contributing as creative director, publisher and illustrator. Read further.

Available via the online shoppe at The Cleverness.
 
 Cover illustration:  You Byun . Photo & Art Direction: Anthony Teoh. 

Cover illustration: You Byun. Photo & Art Direction: Anthony Teoh. 

 Printed by  Morgan Printing .

Printed by Morgan Printing.

A triplet of gin watercolours accompanied by the tasting notes of Sebastian Costello, Founder of Bad Frankie.

 

Selected Illustrations for The Museletter of Dr Jason Fox

 
 Inspired by the subtitle:  a recipe for underwhelming success , whereby I exercise the rights to have pun. Article:  How to Ruin Your Next Conference Panel

Inspired by the subtitle: a recipe for underwhelming success, whereby I exercise the rights to have pun. Article: How to Ruin Your Next Conference Panel

 
 A sign I would like to see in real life one day, although it would need to be a secret place. Article:  Your Comfort Zone Regenerates Motivation & Mana

A sign I would like to see in real life one day, although it would need to be a secret place.
Article: Your Comfort Zone Regenerates Motivation & Mana

 I provided over half-dozen good concepts for this one, but in the end DJF selected a sketch from the margins, drawn off-topic and only for fun. It is based on the myth of Narcissus (not what the article was angling at). It ended up informing the subtitle in the end:  personal ponderings on how to navigate this new frontier.  Creative collaboration #amirite. Article:  The Post-Social Media Era

I provided over half-dozen good concepts for this one, but in the end DJF selected a sketch from the margins, drawn off-topic and only for fun. It is based on the myth of Narcissus (not what the article was angling at). It ended up informing the subtitle in the end: personal ponderings on how to navigate this new frontier. Creative collaboration #amirite.
Article: The Post-Social Media Era

 Spruiking our tea towels.

Spruiking our tea towels.

 An interpretation of pioneering leaders as black sheep of altitude and attitude.  Article:  The 7 Dark Elements of Pioneering Leadership

An interpretation of pioneering leaders as black sheep of altitude and attitude. 
Article: The 7 Dark Elements of Pioneering Leadership

 What I imagine a wizard-rogue philosopher in a funk looks like: alone on a tiny boat with only soggy books for companionship. Article:  What the funk?

What I imagine a wizard-rogue philosopher in a funk looks like: alone on a tiny boat with only soggy books for companionship.
Article: What the funk?

 Having 'a purpose' in life/business/career has been conversationally trending for a while now. With words easily getting in the way of meaning, I wanted to play with a mispronunciation of 'purpose'...with porpoise. Article:  The Perils of a Neatly-Defined Purpose

Having 'a purpose' in life/business/career has been conversationally trending for a while now. With words easily getting in the way of meaning, I wanted to play with a mispronunciation of 'purpose'...with porpoise.
Article: The Perils of a Neatly-Defined Purpose

 Based on DJF's definition of 'nemesis':  an ‘individual’ (or set of individuals that collectively form an archetype) that represents the antithesis of what you stand for.  Whereby they are ultimately a shadow and reflection of yourself. Article:  How to Have a Nemesis

Based on DJF's definition of 'nemesis': an ‘individual’ (or set of individuals that collectively form an archetype) that represents the antithesis of what you stand for. Whereby they are ultimately a shadow and reflection of yourself.
Article: How to Have a Nemesis

 Harnessing the powers of google translate x Latin, I scribed the incantation  motus motus  to invoke motivation in our amphibian friend.  Article:  Why Motivation is Always Awkward

Harnessing the powers of google translate x Latin, I scribed the incantation motus motus to invoke motivation in our amphibian friend. 
Article: Why Motivation is Always Awkward

 Depicting the author DJF as both dungeon master and pawn.  Article:  How to Rekindle a Sense of Progress

Depicting the author DJF as both dungeon master and pawn. 
Article: How to Rekindle a Sense of Progress

 A multi-purpose millinery scene.

A multi-purpose millinery scene.

 A group of brooders: either sitting on eggs to hatch them, or thinking deeply on a topic of concern. Article:  The Strategic & Motivational Benefit of Brooding

A group of brooders: either sitting on eggs to hatch them, or thinking deeply on a topic of concern.
Article: The Strategic & Motivational Benefit of Brooding

 
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How to Lead a Quest
— a handbook for pioneering leaders

A bestseller book by Dr Jason Fox, and the ideal companion for any leader seeking to venture beyond the default. This business tome sits on the shelf differently to the rest, being bestrewn inside and out with illustrations atypical to its genre. Created in collaboration with the author, with keywords and phrases such as The Kraken of Doom, skyships and flying contraptions (please) met with glee. 

Available via the online shoppe at The Cleverness.
 

Cover concept, design and illustration...and my best and only bestseller sticker.

 A favourite spread.

A favourite spread.

 The default enterprise growth arc.  'A rainbow of growth and despair...wonderful to begin with—but follow on this one path too long, and you'll find yourself sliding into not a pot of gold but the gaping maw of the Inevitable Kraken of Doom.'

The default enterprise growth arc. 'A rainbow of growth and despair...wonderful to begin with—but follow on this one path too long, and you'll find yourself sliding into not a pot of gold but the gaping maw of the Inevitable Kraken of Doom.'

Opening Illustration to Part IV: Crafting Experiments. This concept is an ode to da Vinci's sketchbooking practice, as well as his experiments in building flying contraptions. Illustration also available as a tea towel.

 Opening illustration to Part I: Default Thinking and the Kraken of Doom. 

Opening illustration to Part I: Default Thinking and the Kraken of Doom. 

 The  business model canvas  projected and contrasted against possible future contexts.

The business model canvas projected and contrasted against possible future contexts.

 Failure and the 9 Layers of Fell—inspired by Dante's Inferno, depicts varying degrees of failure. 'Fell' being failure x hell. 

Failure and the 9 Layers of Fell—inspired by Dante's Inferno, depicts varying degrees of failure. 'Fell' being failure x hell. 

The Gartner Hype Cycle model, which tracks the maturity, adoption and social application of specific technologies through the various stages of hype. 

 

 

The 17/18—18/19 Services Guidebook

Every year Dr Jason Fox releases into the world a PDF of commercial significance: a guidebook outlining his wondrous keynotes, masterclasses and philosophies. With each iteration comes a new, more evolved interpretation of the inimitable character that is 'DJF'...and a fresh set of branded illustrations. Download the 96-page tome if you dare.

 
 

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'Coffee versus Coffee'. 100% referenced because I really only drink tea. Here I wanted to highlight the difference between the everyday practice of convenience-based caffeine dosing, versus a more artful, slower coffee making alternative.
Article: Get Away to Get Ahead—the many benefits of a strategic offsite

 
 

'Metamodern Islandscape’ — a single slide for Dr Jason Fox's talk on ‘Creativity in a Post-Truth World’ at #creativestatesummit @imax (Melb, 15th June). It’s a strange thing to see an illustration done by your own hand on a tiny iPad screen, be blown up to maximum theatric proportions, and brought to life and imbued with context and meaning...by a charismatic wizard-like being. Like magic! The concept was originally inspired by an analogy by the metamodern poet Seth Abramson. He used islands to depict several different world views, and different stages of relating to ‘truth’. I’ve altered the analogy a little because I just *had* to include the kraken in there. To help explain, I have stolen much of DJF's paraphrasings here:
1. Modernism: Some folk live on islands and believe that their way of seeing the world is the one true right way. That the other islands have it wrong.
2. Postmodernism: A few folk can see flaws in their own island’s particular worldview. But then none of the other islands are perfect, either. These folk exist at sea, in endless critique of all the islands, and often drown at sea.
3. Metamodernism: Then, there are folk who recognise that, in a hypercomplex world, the truth is always broken and incomplete. No one holds the singular one true complete ‘right’ answer. But rather than descend into ‘life is meaningless’ and drown at sea, they are able to temporarily adopt different world views, and are not wedded to any particular world view—knowing that certain perspectives serve certain contexts at certain times. Further: they can hold multiple perspectives and ‘truths’ at once. They are represented by ships at sea.

 

© Kim Lam 2015-onwards ⦚