Yes, I've been away for the past week or so but all for a good reason. You see, I was commissioned (ie. "volunteered") to re-design the lobby at my workplace. The other floors in our campus were in the hunt too with a grand prize of $3000 going to the best defacement. Anything went. Carte Blanche and all of that good stuff. The only caveat? It had to fit the company theme: FUSE (Find Use Share Expand). Last Thursday (April 6th), everybody walked up and down the floors, surveying the extent of the damage in each lobby. Some enterprising folks had converted theirs to a Hawaiian bar. Another lobby had transformed itself into a London underground station. Still another had a live band cranking out oldies. I didn't wait around to see if they were taking requests.

And what did we do? Well, my co-conspirator Maya D. and I took an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to the whole thing. Many hours of sweat, swearing, toil, head scratching and last minute pitching in by many people on our floor produced the following:

  • Three purple balls for unwary visitors to bump their head against as they came into our lobby.
  • One wheel of fortune game with categories from one of our own properties.
  • Purple filter gels to cover the lobby lights and give it that Prince-like ambience.
  • Whiteboard panels covering most of the lobby walls complete with pictures and markers for visitors to make comments. Create your own content indeed!
  • Hundreds of jello shots
  • Even more home baked cookies
  • Video projector 1 complete with webcam showing time delayed footage of people wandering through. This was projected on the ceiling.
  • Video projector 2 looping edited interviews of folks on our floor. Also projected on the ceiling.
  • Best of Green Day blaring from the speakers.
  • Streamers and our theme sign, "FUSE THIS," hanging from the ceiling.

Add in numerous bemused and amused partygoers plus webcam, do severe time lapse processing on resulting footage and you have this video below. Hours of mayhem reduced to a 1 minute and 48 second clip courtesy Rob McCool and Rajesh Shenoy. And if you haven't guessed my workplace by now, the little logo at the center of the Wheen of Fortune in the video should give it away. Enjoy!

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- April 9, 2006 7:46 PM // General , Technology