Atta Ikede

April 22, 2008

The office nametag

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:03 am

Those of you who work in a cubicle know what I’m talking about — that little name plate that identifies that particular fuzzy box as yours.

Unlike the typical, if boring, shiny cubicle name plate issued by big professional companies and the equally typical, if cheapskate, non-existent cubicle name plate issued by certain other companies (you know who you are el-cheapos! I took my shiny one with me!), my new company has the perfect balance: paper cubicle name plates where our name is pre-fixed with the skyline of San Francisco, printed in color! It’s simple, elegant and cute.

Unfortunately, the San Fran downtown skyline is pretty boring. Transamerica pyramid, and then a bunch of small boring buildings around it. In fact, if it weren’t for the Transamerica pyramid, the San Fran skyline would be completely indistinguishable from that of any random lame B-list town! Though to be fair, if you zoom out a bit and include the Bay Bridge in the downtown skyline then it adds a bit of ambiance.

Last week, I started thinking that the Toronto skyline was way better, so I went and printed a photo of the Toronto skyline, cut it out, and pasted it over the San Fran photo on my name plate!

I figured this had two benefits:

1. It’s prettier (obviously)

2. It’s an experiment in how observant the person who created these name plates is. At that point, I didn’t know who had created or printed that sign for me, so I figured i’d just quietly make my edit and see if anybody noticed.

5 stars to our graphic design guy!!! I love detail oriented people! Turned out he was the creator and he noticed my edit just a few days later. He came by and pointed at it and was like .. oh, you defaced my work! Hehehe. I told him that I thought it was prettier and showed him some landmarks. He was appeased.

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1 Comment »

  1. Yah! Score for the graphic designers. You think we don’t notice when you change our stuff but we do. We always do.

    Comment by julie — April 22, 2008 @ 12:27 pm


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