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In an office far, far away

Recently we let a small team loose in the office with a big stack of post-it notes and an imagination brimming with anticipation for the upcoming Star Wars film.

We have quite a lot of free wall space here at Viking and regularly give different teams the opportunity to spruce them up. This time, however, the team decided to take a few photos and make a video of the process! After having been inspired by Ben Brucker's superhero murals, the team decided to create their own post-it wall art.

Take a look below and see how our team created Star Wars inspired wall murals out of post-it notes...

Stage one: Planning

These three columns and an adjacent wall were the target of our team's artistic efforts. The first step of the process was to measure each individual 'canvas'.

Each individual post-it note is 3x3 inches (76.2mm x 76.2mm) and, since it was a round number, we decided to work in inches for the entirety of the project.

We then set about calculating just how many post-it notes we'd need for each mural. This was pretty simple - basically you just divide the area in inches by the area of a post-it note (9"). So, for example, one of our columns was roughly 100x75" - giving us a total area of 7,425". This figure, when divided by 9", gave us a total post-it note count of 825. We calculated that this meant rows of 25 notes and columns of 33 note.

Stage Two: Preparation

From these calculations we could draw up grids on which we could design the characters. Initially we drew up drafts of lots of different characters and had hoped to simply pick our favourites but, in the end, we had to choose the characters with the most available colourways.

The finished designs looked like the image below, and made perfect scale representations of the intended finished product.

Once we'd got our four final designs together and amassed the post-it notes we'd need, we could set about actually creating the murals.

Stage Three: Creation

Now it was time to get sticking! Before we even opened a packet of post-its we had to mark off a series of guidelines on the walls to ensure we kept our designs straight and lined up.
Luckily, the walls we wanted to use are covered in whiteboard material, so we could draw lines straight onto them. A horizontal line every 15 inches (or every five notes) helped us keep everything in check.

We generally started from top to bottom where possible, but it soon emerged that each person had their own technique - some focusing on details, others plodding away line by line. In the end we all finished within a short time of each other and the results are pretty consistent so, regarding technique, we can't offer much advice other than to take your time and consult your design guide regularly.

Some difficulties we ran into were:

- One of our walls had been recently cleaned with whiteboard cleaner and it made it harder to get the post-it notes to stick to the wall. We simply wiped it down with a clean towel, which solved the problem.

- We made an error with some of the designs which had to be altered on the fly. Luckily, the amount of 'sky' meant we had room to remove a few layers.

- One of the team was a bit scared of step ladders. He faced his fear!

Stage Four: Admire!

In the end it took a team of four people about five hours to complete the murals, and the designs and planning took about an hour. We used 3,597 post-it notes in total - if we laid all the notes end-on-end it would stretch 899 feet!

Check out our slideshow of more photos from the project:

Have you ever used post-it notes to create anything? Let us know @Viking_Chat - we'd love to see what you've been up to!

3 creative ways to use sticky notes in the office

1. Sticky note art

Sticky notes are the ideal material for making large-scale pixel pictures. Use them to create artwork on the wall above your desk - they won't leave any marks, are easily removed or replaced, and are extremely cheap, so they make a creative and practical alternative to typical decorations.

Use a range of different coloured sticky notes, and go retro by recreating 8-bit video game characters, or take a modern approach with geometric schemes.

You can also make sticky note art with small-scale origami. Fold your way to desk mascots - YouTube has tutorials for everything from pigs and cranes to jumping frogs - or create handy items like an origami box!

2. Break the ice

When you're welcoming a new member of staff or integrating teams, ice-breaker activities are a must. Make everyone a name badge with sticky notes, and then try some of these games to get people interacting and thinking creatively:

  • The Name Game: Participants write the name of a famous person on a sticky note and put it on their neighbour's head, without letting them see what it says. Everyone asks yes/no questions in an effort to decipher the name on their sticky note, but their turn ends when they get a negative response. Keep taking turns until everyone guesses the name stuck to their head
  • Liar Liar: Each person writes two truths and one lie about themselves on a sticky note, and displays it on their top. Everyone must then network around the room, gaining a point for every lie they correctly identify. The person with the most points after an allotted amount of time wins.
  • Draw Your Selfie: Everyone privately draws a self-portrait on a sticky note and sticks it to a wall. Players must then try to correctly match up the artist with their picture.
  • What's Your Number?: This game is for medium to large groups. Write a different number on as many sticky notes as there are people, and distribute them randomly. Ask the group to organise themselves in numerical order, without explicitly saying or naming any numbers. For example, a person holding a three could say that they are equal to the number of blind mice in the nursery rhyme.

3. Generate ideas and gauge opinion

Workplaces that allow their staff to share ideas and opinions typically perform more efficiently, so it's important to encourage everyone to share. One great idea is to clear a communal wall space, and allow everyone to add sticky notes featuring their thoughts - whether it's a concept for a new marketing campaign, a suggestion for improving communication or praise of someone's work.

Alternatively, start off focused discussions and brainstorming sessions by adding the initial point and encouraging others to expand; you'll soon have a thought bubble that's packed with useful feedback. This will be particularly useful in creative meetings.

How do sticky notes help your office to be more creative? Let us know in the comments below!

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