“Where does this person sit?”
This is a fairly common question in our studio, one we hear a few times a week. With new RoomMates staff joining us what seems like every time I turn around—and causing our conference room to resemble a package of sardines every time we have a meeting—it’s expected that other members of the company or warehouse team aren’t going to know who everyone is. We regularly receive deliveries to our desks from either inside or outside the building, which usually leads to a rather confused person walking around the studio asking who is who, or where someone in particular has moved to. The fact that we very recently split our studio up into two floors hasn’t helped this matter, either.
A few of us were talking about making deliveries easier by somehow putting our name up where it could be seen, but we didn’t want to damage our new desks by using tape and paper, or leave behind a mess if we ever had to move again. If only, we thought, there was some sort of easily applied and removed sticker we could put up with our name on it…
That’s when our operations and logistics manager, Jennifer, stepped in with the obvious solution: we could all make custom wall decals with our names on them. (Because, duh.) And so that’s what we did!
While we wait for our custom designs to be proofed and printed, I asked a couple of our employees if they’d be willing to share a picture of what they made, as well as some background info on what inspired their creations. I thought our readers would enjoy seeing a few of the creative ways we used the studio. We’ll start with Adam, our Director of International Sales, who created this cool decal:
Adam sent me this blurb about his inspiration, and a nice compliment of our custom wall decal studio:
As Director of International Sales, I spend a lot of time flying around the world to meet with our international distributors and customers. So when I found the picture of the globe in the image library, I knew it was the right one for me. The program gives you great tools that can complete some fairly complex image manipulation. It made the entire design process very easy, and provided a really cool end result.
Adam’s custom wall decal definitely gives you a good idea of what he does for a living, doesn’t it? Both the text and the globe image give you the impression that he's a jetsetting type of guy who is always on the go (and in fact, he's rarely in his office!).
Next we’ll move on to Jennifer, who came up with this idea, and was really excited about getting a chance to create her own design:
I was trying to design something that was bright and fun. We have several people delivering packages in our offices and I wanted a nameplate for my desk that would catch your eye. The design reminded me a bit of something from Laugh-In—oops, I guess I am showing my age :)
I like how Jenn’s design is appropriately groovy, but doesn’t go overboard. It’s definitely bright and fun! I didn't get the Laugh-In reference at first, but a quick search clued me in. (Now I'm showing my age.)
Let's now take a peek at a design from one of our graphic designers, Janelle (who was the one kind enough to pose for the how-to photos in this Mixing Wall Decals post):
Janelle’s inspiration was a personal photograph, as you may have guessed:
I recently traveled across the country and the pictures I took during the plane ride remind me of how beautiful the earth looks from the sky. It made my "personal wall decal" even more personal because I used a picture from my photo library. […] It inspires me to take more photographs and always see the beauty and perfection in nature.
Although our original intent was to make package deliveries easier, I really love how all three of these designs have a “story” behind them. Adam’s was inspired by his job, Jenn’s was designed with her past in mind, and Janelle used a photograph that has a special meaning to her. And this was a common theme among all of the custom wall decals created by our employees. A little bit of each person’s personality emerged from the color, art, or photograph choices that were made. Even mine tells you something about who I am:
I chose this particular background in yellow and gray because it’s one of my favorite color combinations—and because I’d been aching to use that pattern for a long time. The birds were a little touch to keep it from looking too plain, although I would be lying if I said the blue one wasn’t meant to remind the viewer of Twitter. I am the company’s social media coordinator, after all!
What do you think of our custom wall decals? Does this inspire you to create your own design? Or have you already designed one of your own? Don’t be shy—share them with us! You can send your screencaptures, photos, or custom studio feedback to us at email@example.com, or by leaving a comment on this post or our Facebook page. Happy designing!