Business ’round here is never slow, but when it was a tiny bit slower, I went to our web site and grabbed the RD2 logo and cropped it so it would fit in the space allowed for Buddy Icons (popular among AIM and iChat users, among others). Leia joined the company and decided to play along and used the logo for her IM icon as well.
Inspiration struck yesterday and she decided to implement a company-wide system of buddy icons, all with the RD2 logo and all including our names. I think she was a little taken aback by my overwhelmed excitement when she was finished, which was about 5 minutes after she started (and that includes the time it took to eat the pizza). But I think it goes a long way in today’s instant communication culture toward providing an iconoclastic atmosphere.
I don’t see why not, for instance, a company might have a Buddy Icon designed along with their letterhead, business card and PowerPoint presentation templates.
At the same time, it reminds me a little of a Jerry Seinfeld joke, which I will paraphrase here:
Every time you see a movie with a civilization from the future, or from a different planet, they’re always dressed the same. I think the decision is just made one day, like, “All right, from now on, everybody’s got to wear the one-piece silver suit with the V-stripe and the boots. We’re going to be visiting other cultures, now, we want to appear like a team…”
Team member Bryan, signing off.