Development and Research

Meeting of the Minds

“We do things a little differently around here,” (as comedian Maria Bamford notes) is one of those phrases you often hear starting a new job. I think all companies like to perceive themselves as unique.

But let’s face it, there are only so many ways to send an invoice, change copy toner or sit through a meeting.

After playing with different ways to show a “different” company (trapezes, cubicle campfires, juggling bears) I went with a subtler reverse on research and development. Although now that I look at it, I’m pretty sure a few of my previous employers took the development first approach.

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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,, 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,

4 Reactions
  1. Hehehe, I’ve known companies that put development before the research too. They wonder why sales are in the toilet.

  2. I love it. Thanks for the laugh.

    Research and Development is not going on much anymore.. as the recession has confused the future outlook of the consumer. What new products will consumers be looking for? It all depends on the length of the recession and how the economy recovers. Uncertainty makes R&D more like a gambling.

    You should create a new funny replacing the research with a gambling table.

  3. How about ADD? Arrested Development Department? 😉

  4. RedHotFranchises

    Lol, that’s hilarious. Thanks for the good laugh.