Saturday, August 13, 2011

Post-it "war"

It's the Post-it notes war in France right now! In case you're wondering what it is (and I'm sure you are!) it's just another of these silly ideas to keep people busy at work during the summer vacation period (yes, I know, only in France...). The idea is to draw the most sophisticated character made of little Post-it notes and put it on a window, a wall, or anywhere where it can be seen and then judged by your work colleagues. Silly? Yes, but very successful! It's spreading everywhere in France and there is even a website dedicated to them. Around lunch time today, I photographed this one, in the 9th. Not very sophisticated, but funny (BTW, if your latin is a little rusty, Pax means peace). Update Sept 01, 2011. Here is probably the best sample of this "war" (post-it notes provided by 3M!)


  1. HA HA, Pretty funny. We would get fired if we did that here. Not productive...To much time on your hands. LOL

  2. I like the colours! Yes, wasting the office supplies and the company's time and money would be greatly frowned upon in the U.S. EXCEPT maybe in Silicon Valley....where anything seems to go with the computer geek companies and think tanks!

  3. I heard of this post-it war! I think it's really nice. The archives of the website show the creativity of employees. It's very well done! Manufacturers of post-it should be excited about these games!
    'Just Pax' made ​​me laugh! I thought about 'just married' or 'just civil unions' (pacs in French)! But it's even better if it is peace in Latin ... I love the idea. Inner peace. nice.
    Great, Eric.

  4. I really, really love this idea! Especially the archives with the QR codes!

    Where did you take this photo Eric?

  5. @Michael I took it at rue Laferrière, near the Place Saint Georges. Check Google Maps here

  6. I had no idea this was an actual "war" happening in Paris!! There have been a few Post-It characters popping up around the office where I work and it adds a nice level of creativity and silliness to those of us still at work while the rest of France is on vacation this month!!

  7. My Latin is VERY rusty.
    I remember in our Latin class at school our (very strict) teacher mentioning Julius Ceasar's famous phrase "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered"). Noticing one of my classmates not paying full attention, she immediately pounced and asked him what veni, vidi, vici meant. He replied, "Er...I came, I saw, a donkey, Miss"

    -in the same vein,
    Veni, vidi, velcro - I came, I saw, I stuck around
    Veni, vidi, visa - I came, I saw, I did some shopping.

    Pax vobiscum.

  8. Fun! I am all for games that make you think and encourage creativity. This sounds like a great idea.

    PS..I'm with Drummond and his "Veni, vidi, Visa". I do love to shop. Not as much love to buy...but I love to shop!

  9. Merci, Eric. Learning about the post-it note wars gives me a whole new perspective on French "culture":)! What a fun, creative and light-hearted "war."

  10. Géniale! Lord, how I wish I had the time at work for this. I haven't even been here in 3 days (closing an issue of the mag and moving to a new office at the same time = no pax for me).
    Ha Ha, Drummond! How about: Veni, vidi, venti = I came, I saw, I got my Starbucks fix.

  11. I think it is interesting that on the website so many of the creations are interpretations of the Invader tiles one sees in Paris and other cities. Very creative.