When Focus Groups Are Not, Well, Focused

Cartoon about focus groups

Sometimes you find inspiration that’s been right under your nose for years.

I don’t use filters a lot in Photoshop, but occasionally I like to play with them.  I was toying with an image and tried some blur effects on it.  It was really fun visually, so I challenged myself to write a cartoon about something blurry.

The joke came pretty quickly, but it took a while to get the right level of blurriness where you could understand the scene and still be bothered by the effect.

I was pleased with the end result and have since gone back to the filters menu for occasional inspiration.  You just never know where your next idea is waiting.

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Mark Anderson, professional cartoonist

About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

6 Reactions
  1. Oh, that’s funny! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity.

  2. I have to resist the temptation to want to take this image and “sharpen” it in Irfanview. 🙂

  3. Martin Lindeskog

    Ouch! My eyes! 😉 Turn off that TV now, please!

  4. My eyes wanna zero in on this and I found myself squinting at first – very cool, very funny! I like this one alot!

  5. Lookin’ good. Nice to see something a little different. 🙂

  6. OMG Mark – I completely admire your way of seeing the obvious clearly!