When you work at a design company you are surrounded by designers. They are all intelligent, perceptive, have a great sense of humor, and they often indulge in good-natured ribbing. They also have Photoshop skills.
There’s always laughter in the hallways, funny pictures on the walls, and occasionally the funny pictures make it to email. Here’s an amusing exchange that took place on an internal email thread a couple of weeks ago.
One of our smart designers, Golden Krishna, was rebuffed by Microsoft Office with a particularly unhelpful error message. Grabbing a screen image, he clipped it, pasted it into an email, and posted it to his colleagues. Several members of the staff immediately pounced.
Here’s what Golden first posted:
He was being sardonic, pointing out just how unhelpful error messages can be. Another smart designer, Glen, responded immediately with this doctored error message:
And that opened the floodgates. Chris suggested a more human approach:
Brendan retorted that Golden might want to confine his complaint to the complaint department:
Then Glen took another tack entirely, with this 2001: A Space Odyssey reference:
Doug, jumping on the movie reference bandwagon, added his homage to Dirty Harry:
Chris, ignoring the movie thing, went for the anthropomorphic slant:
The attitude of that message generated a petulant response in kind from Doug:
And in the long-standing, much honored tradition of piling-on, Doug responded to his own petulance with uber-petulance, to wit:
That brought the exchange to a close. The first email was posted at 11:18 AM, and the final one was stamped 1:41 PM. Quiet returned to the office. I love working with designers.
Alan Cooper is the co-founder of Cooper and a pioneer of the modern computing era. He created the programming language Visual Basic and wrote industry-standard books on design practice like “About Face.”