Feb 15, 2013

The Writing’s on the Walls (Part 2)


San Francisco—Gender Quote War
by Shagane Barsegian Launey, UX Designer

How do you inspire office participation with a little bit of healthy competition thrown into the mix? By creating a good old fashioned battle of the sexes!

And that’s exactly what we did in our San Francisco office recently, turning the mirrors in our men’s and women’s powder rooms into open forums for sharing inspiring, thought-provoking, or just plain weird quotes. A scoring system was devised: one point for each quote posted, two points if posted in a foreign language. Everyone, clients included, was encouraged to participate. May the best team win.

It was a heated and fair-fought contest, with the men ultimately eeking out a victory, 43 points to 37. Below, a few of the favorite quotes scrawled on our bathroom walls:


"No is easier to do. Yes is easier to say."
- Jason Fried

"The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right."
- Henry Ford

- Shakespeare

- Ed Salvaña

"If it doesn’t fit you’re not shoving it hard enough."
- Anonymous


"Life is a game in which we all must appear ridiculous."
- Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
- Marilyn Monroe

"Amidst shit, we are all poets. Among poets, we are all shit."
- Common bathroom poetry in Russia (or so I hear…)

"The difference between a cupcake & mini cupcake is improved user experience."
- Ivy

"If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you."
- Anonymous

What did we learn? Well, for one, the Hot women are more profane than the men. And more creative in their use of colors. Also, they have better penmanship.

But more importantly, we learned that even a simple bathroom break can turn into a chance to be inspired.

Read Part 1 of The Writing’s on the Walls.

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