Boring office walls. That was the inspiration behind the Post-it® Note mural created by designer Ben Brucker and his coworkers at a San Francisco creative agency. “One day, I just got so tired of how sterile and boring our office felt, I thought I should do something about it,” Ben wrote in an Imgur post about the mural.
The mural was intended to liven up the office environment, but it also needed to be temporary. The agency would be moving to a new office later in the year, and a painted mural would be difficult to remove. Post-it® Notes were a good solution.
After weeks of brainstorming ideas for the mural, Ben and his boss settled on superheroes. Then Ben got to work designing seven superhero characters. He created a pixel grid for each character based on the size of the walls. “Since the grid was small, every pixel was important for conveying the right position, expression, costume, and even hair style for each character,” Ben explained.
At least 12 people from the office volunteered to come in and help install the mural over a weekend. First they put up the top row of Post-it® Notes, and then they taped vertical columns on the wall to help everyone keep the rows straight. A maximum of six people worked at a time. The entire installation took about 12 hours and required 8,024 Post-it® Super Sticky Notes.