INside Track: Foam Tape & Trashcans

It’s a shame that the business community just doesn’t get what excellent problem solvers designers are. I was reminded of this sad state of affairs today when

It’s a shame that the business community just doesn’t get what excellent problem solvers designers are. I was reminded of this sad state of affairs today when I discovered a quick design solution an anonymous designer on our team had applied to an ongoing problem.

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We have a tall canister flip-top trashcan pushed up against a white laminate floor cabinet. It has to stay there to allow for people to be able to pass by it. The back of the black plastic top constantly scuffs the cabinet every time someone flips up the lid to put trash in the can, leaving ugly marks on the cabinet. An enterprising individual took it upon herself to carefully apply white foam tape to the offending lid thereby solving the problem.

Two pertinent points here:

  1. Designers won’t tolerate a situation that can be improved (which other individuals might just ignore).
  2. Designers find a solution to the problem.

Now if upper management would recognize these 2 simple truisms.

2 thoughts on “INside Track: Foam Tape & Trashcans

  1. Andy Epstein

    I wanted to post this impassioned rebuttal to my post. Given the limitations of text I want to underscore the fact that this was sent in jest – please don’t try this at work…

    “Scuff the white cabinet!!!?? REALLY!?? Sissy Boy, tell your crew to Nut Up Man, and get over the scuffs! Sounds like a waste of foam tape to me!!! I bet this person also steals pens and uses way too many Post-Its too!!

    I used to work in print shops and went home every night with ink on my clothes because there were smudges all over the furniture and equipment I used!!! Foam Tape my foot!! I would have had to cover the entire shop with foam tape to get rid of those smudges!

    You got a big sissy crew Man, they need to toughen up!!! They got WAY too much free time if they’re staring at some dopey smudges on the white cabinet and putting foam tape on the “aesthetic boo-boo”!!! If they were focused on their work, they wouldn’t even notice a little smudge!!! Push their noses into their monitors and tell them you need 40 card designs by EOD!!! You’ll save on foam tape, they won’t complain about smudges, AND you’ll increase productivity 40x!!!

    Nut Up Man, NUT UP!!!!”

  2. Marci

    To paraphrase (maybe)… ” out damned spot!” Also, problem-solving should be encouraged and rewarded whatever form it takes. This cracks me up! I just love that this was irksome enough to take action. Kudos.

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