I’m a graphic designer for a testing company, and have been here for over 4 years. I am low on the totem pole, and I prefer it that way. I in no way want to get mixed up with office politics. But somehow I have, mainly I’m actually willing to fix the problem myself when nobody else will do it.
Case in point: shortly after I started working here, I get requests from various project managers to put the company logo on a particular project. Nobody has an electronic version of it. They just have the company letterhead. This has obviously been printed from the same plate for the past few decades, and looks a little rough around the edges, so I decide not to scan it. I instead whip out Illustrator, draw up my own version of the logo, and voila.
Some time later, the Operations Manager for the company gets in touch with me. He hears I have an electronic version of the logo. He needs an EPS to send to a design company to put our logo on the sides of our delivery trucks. I say sure, no problem. He’s amazed that it didn’t involve anything complicated. So, he gets me to design versions of the logo for business cards, letterhead, the whole nine yards. He gets me to make several different versions of the logo on top of that in case somebody wants a solid black version, or a white fill, a gradient fill, and so on. No problem.
I put all this together in a folder on the company network common drive and inform everybody if they need a company logo, there it is.
Recently, things started getting a little ugly. The IT department wants to be able to implement the company letterhead on their output. They contact the printing department, the scoring department, and various other individuals about supplying them with an electronic version of the letterhead. Nobody has anything. The IT department is pretty pissed that these departments haven’t entered the 20th century yet, and is ready to write nasty letters and complain to the president when one of them hears about me and asks if I have something that could help them. I say sure, no problem. I take 5 minutes to design the company letterhead in Illustrator. The lady is amazed that it was so easy and thanks me for making this such a smooth process for them.
I get CCed on an email from the president’s secretary. She says that the “new” company logo that just popped up might be in violation of copyright laws and that we need to do something about this mysterious company logo folder that popped up on the common drive. You know, the one I set up last year.
I reply and own up to it. Yes, I was the one who infiltrated the company with these suspicious logos in an attempt to sabotage the place where I work. Actually, I said I put the folder together and would be glad to make any changes they needed.
The head of the scoring department rears her ugly head. Apparently, she forgot all about when the Operations Manager showed her the logo I made last year. She also apparently forgot the email I sent out the day before. She says “Who designed his letterhead? The words at the bottom of the letterhead are wrong and the calipers look funny.” The president gets CCed on this, because apparently they discussed changes that needed to be made to the company letterhead months ago and didn’t tell anybody else about it.
So now the prez’s secretary wants to meet with everybody and discuss the situation. A R G H. Leave me alone, Office Politics Monster.