It’s clear that creative people can’t be all-work and no-play when you take a closer look at our in-house agency. I think most people in the workplace needs that spoonful-of-sugar in their dark-and-twisty day to day routine. It builds camaraderie. The team-spirit most offices try to achieve, by having “Secret-Santas”. The good stuff that makes everyone want to work for their company. It is a balancing act. You need decent work ethic, and an office that produces great results, to justify the time wasted on practical jokes. A final key-aspect to a lighthearted office would be a dynamic, uber tech specialist, fashionably current, awesomesauce manager.
Over the last few months our company has built quite a nice portfolio of prankage:
1.)News clad office
My manager went on honeymoon for two weeks, and our office was without power for a day. After two hours, the blessed-with-batteries laptop folk, joined the fleet of desktop boredom. A team of us, armed with tape and newspapers, covered his office:
This optical mouse trap has been successful more than once. Both co-workers rebooted their PC’s when their mouses stopped working:
3.)The infamous BSOD
Our manager had mentioned on several occasions that we must lock our PC’s when we are away from them. He messed around on our desktops changing wallpapers, changing peoples screen orientations and so forth, just to make a point. I designed this BSOD for him, set it as his desktop and hid his icons and taskbar:
It resulted in a reboot. *chuckle*
Same manager, different day. I changed his signature to Parks and Recreation star Ron Swanson.
Swanson was not the only signature scam. On another occasion, I changed Stephen to Stefan. Needless to say, he locks his computer now.
Changes screen orientation in Windows:
6.)Photoshopping – The only shopping I like…
Obviously a design studio has tools, talent and photo galleries to defend themselves against any office onslaughts.
*”Uber Tech Specialist”:
*”Broke Back Mountain”:
I’m looking forward to your punk’d stories, inspiration and comments. This would be one of the few times that I would refrain from the usual “do less” and rather up the farewell ante to: do more.
[Click here to view a failed prank attempt at the office]
[Click here to view the latest office prank]