The sad reality of working in an office

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  • Vencedor: akazuk

Síntese do concurso

This is a contest to design a T-Shirt. I have an idea...and I need your help to make it happen.
Let me paint the picture a bit first...


Life in the office is tough and if you don't laugh it off...you'll likely go crazy. Most of the day is very solitary...though there is plenty of background noise to drive a person nuts. I personally work as a mechanical engineer, but my most recent gig has been a bit of a disappointment. I got lied to a bit as to the nature of the job, so I'm doing work a 3 toed, cross-eyed chimpanzee could just as easily do. And, I basically sit in front of a computer 9-10 hours per day.
Now, I do happen to have some good coworkers in my group. So, my most frequent interactions are with people I like and respect. My boss almost always has great interactions with me...except...I'm pretty sure he's trying to demonstrate his middle management position is necessary by...well...managing me. It's a bit silly at this point. I was most recently told by my manager that it was my fault that a colleague of mine was ticked off because he was in the dark on a subject that was debated, argued and resolved at all levels at least four months before he started at the company on a project he's not even part of and has nothing really to do with what he's working on. (Really?)
Anyway...I pretty much live the Dilbert cube farm life at this point. It's pretty sad.
But..."At least the coffee's free!".

And that's the tag line I need for this design. Seriously...I do get paid well (I know...poor me). But, if I quit my job...I'd have to pay for my own coffee. So, even on a really bad day... "At least the coffee's free!". The office provides an endless supply of mediocre watered down coffee, sugar and regular powdered creamer. But...again...it's free.
Now, there are a variety of ways to capture that sentiment, I'm sure. I have half a picture in my mind. But, I don't want to restrict the creativity of anyone out there.

I kind of see an office guy getting yelled out (or bullied, or put down or otherwise asked to do something a middle school kid could do) by his (male) boss. He'd be holding a hot steaming coffee mug...and the thought going through his head would be..."At least the coffee's free". (Doesn't have to be shown as a word bubble) His coworkers may be involved in the incident at the cube farm in some way. They may be hiding or playing whack-a-mole or otherwise commiserating or thinking the same thing.
I'd like something more than just a Sunday comics level pencil sketch if possible.

Incorporated into the shirt design would be the SoloCraft Vehicle Systems logo and swift bird icon that goes with the logo. It could be disassembled and rearranged if desired so long as the logo's fonts and text remain intact. Along with the logo would be the tag line, "Our vehicles are the best because at SoloCraft our people come 1st".
I hope that's enough to work with. Please refer to the attached files for more information. There are some textual errors in the process book regarding hovercraft...please ignore that stuff. The reverse trike pictures are for reference only. They're not of the quality I need for display...so please don't use them as is in the design. (if you want to capture the essence of the reverse trike in some way...that might be ok...but not strictly necessary.)
Let me know if you have questions.

-update: I'd much rather see roughed out sketches of ideas than have to critique fully developed designs. If a design is just completely a wrong fit, it would seem that it would be better to get early feedback than to just get a rejection at the end after a designer spends many hours working. Submit what you've got at any stage...and I'll provide comments along the way.

-20MAY2015 Added Leader/Boss photo

Thanks,
Andy

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“akazuk was really professional through the whole process. They were very conscientious about my needs and offered to make tweaks to the design. The freelancer has some good design talent...”

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  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    Akazuk. Hang in there. I do need to wrap this up with you. sorry for the delay.

    • 3 anos atrás
  • akazuk
    akazuk
    • 3 anos atrás

    Hi andy ! Are you still planning to award me this project ? I have started to make the modifications you have required.

    • 3 anos atrás
    1. andyhessler
      Proprietário do Concurso
      • 3 anos atrás

      I'm tied up tonight...but I'll try to get back to you on Tuesday.

      • 3 anos atrás
  • mirceawork
    mirceawork
    • 3 anos atrás

    still hanging :)

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    This will be finalized shortly. Thank you.

    • 3 anos atrás
  • akazuk
    akazuk
    • 3 anos atrás

    Hi I've noticed the contest is pending and I can't submit further updates. You can award me and we can make the changes required and update the design in the handover if you like my design. I'm looking forward to receiving your reply.

    • 3 anos atrás
    1. andyhessler
      Proprietário do Concurso
      • 3 anos atrás

      Sorry...I wrote you a PM and then read this...

      • 3 anos atrás
  • ginkosan
    ginkosan
    • 3 anos atrás

    Please check the comments on entrie #22. Thank you!

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    I'm planning on extending this a few more days... Hang in there...

    • 3 anos atrás
  • akazuk
    akazuk
    • 3 anos atrás

    #10 is a stolen graphic !
    http://www.timhunkin.com/page_pictures/a139_office-chair-drawing.gif

    • 3 anos atrás
  • akazuk
    akazuk
    • 3 anos atrás

    #14 is a stolen graphic !
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/lowres.cartoonstock.com/business-commerce-stress-work_stress-bombs-jobs-work-mmon105_low.jpg

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    Some great submissions. I'm short on time this morning. But, I'll provide more feedback this evening.

    • 3 anos atrás
    1. iamavinashshetty
      iamavinashshetty
      • 3 anos atrás

      Many thanks. Looking forward for the feedback.

      • 3 anos atrás
  • iamavinashshetty
    iamavinashshetty
    • 3 anos atrás

    Kindly rate and review #11 #12 and #13, Thanks.

    • 3 anos atrás
  • akazuk
    akazuk
    • 3 anos atrás

    Provide feedback for #8, please ! Thank you !

    • 3 anos atrás
  • lobsanggg
    lobsanggg
    • 3 anos atrás

    #7 and feedback please.

    • 3 anos atrás
  • akazuk
    akazuk
    • 3 anos atrás

    #3 Is a stolen graphic ! http://www.historien.nl/wat-doet-u-tegen-terrorisme/
    It's inside this article !

    • 3 anos atrás
    1. akazuk
      akazuk
      • 3 anos atrás

      mirceawork found it. Thank's for caring but the artist simply said "SPAM" when mirceawork pointed that out...

      • 3 anos atrás
    2. mirceawork
      mirceawork
      • 3 anos atrás

      thank you

      • 3 anos atrás
  • mirceawork
    mirceawork
    • 3 anos atrás

    Hi Andy. I don't have time to verify all the other entries just to see if they are copied. I did that only to sustain my entry. In the same time, it looks like you have changed the brief. If you are not anymore interested in my entry, please reject it.

    • 3 anos atrás
    1. andyhessler
      Proprietário do Concurso
      • 3 anos atrás

      I feel like I missed something? It's far to early in the process to select the winning design. I don't expect anyone to police the content of other people's work. That's my responsibility. I still feel your piece has a lot of promise... hang in there.
      -Andy

      • 3 anos atrás
    2. mirceawork
      mirceawork
      • 3 anos atrás

      Thank you for answering. I have posted my comment on my entry board.

      • 3 anos atrás
  • iamavinashshetty
    iamavinashshetty
    • 3 anos atrás

    Working on it :)

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    I've added an inspiring photo. It kind of came to me randomly...but you'll see it fits nicely. It's boss vs leader.jpg This has lots of the right attitude. (lacks the coffee :)

    Here is a URL https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_750_750/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAIhAAAAJGE2NjNkYzZkLTkwMjEtNDc0MS1iMmE0LTdlMGMwN2I4ZGU2ZQ.jpg

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    Below is the link to the Planetary Resources contest. I found that pretty inspiring. There were some amazing entries. My budget is a bit more modest. But, you have to start somewhere. Artists should be thinking of graphics that would look cool being worn on a shirt. (cool or funny...or thought provoking). The point is to engage people and relate to them through this largely common plight we face as office workers. Dilbert is, of course, the poster child and epitome of this frustration. But, his character is already taken. There's a world of talent out there... I can't wait to see what people come up with. Thank you all...

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    https://www.freelancer.com/contest/Earthlings-ARKYD-Space-Telescope-Needs-Your-T-Shirt-Design--24743.html?ft_prog=MFC&ft_prog_id=0002

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    I'm looking for some interesting and catchy graphics that go well with the tag line, "At least the coffee is free". The graphics would need to be suitable for 2/3 color screen printing for use on t-shirts. There's more than one way to look at this. I have to admit to having a bit of a frustrated attitude at the moment. However, it's possible that having free coffee is like finding the silver lining in the clouds. And...maybe the positive aspect is more appealing than a pessimistic one.

    • 3 anos atrás
  • rr619
    rr619
    • 3 anos atrás

    SIr i like this contest i show all the things bt sir can you please summarized requirements what exectly you want for you tshirt..

    • 3 anos atrás
  • andyhessler
    Proprietário do Concurso
    • 3 anos atrás

    #2 Mirceawork : Here is a perfect example of a rough sketch. There's more than enough here for me to give feedback...but the artist has only invested a modest amount of time to get to this point. (Which is still deeply appreciated). I'd encourage anyone working on this to consider doing likewise. I realize we can make tweaks after the contest...but I believe this approach will provide the best results. Thank you all for participating.

    • 3 anos atrás

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