A few months ago the Product group at LinkedIn moved into a new building full o’ corporate cubes and hosted a “Pimp Your Row” contest to spiff ’em up (as documented by my friend Marissa on the Linked blog). I recently switched over to the Enterprise Hiring Solutions team, and got inspired by the Subscriptions team nearby and their Yellow Submarine theme. Hence–the Star Trek (or rather, Enterprise) theme!
My row neighbors braved the ladder to fill our row with planets, glow-in-the-dark stars, and the Enterprise (of course). There was a well-timed quote from LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman to go along with a Data cardboard cutout. We installed the awesome System 47 screensavers on our computers. And–the final piece–I created LCARS-style “interfaces” for everyone in the row that I printed and mounted behind the glass in front of each cube. I created these in Illustrator, and grabbed interesting-looking 3D wireframes from the internets.
As I built it I couldn’t help but build out a somewhat meaningful structure for the “interface”. The structure breaks down to two primary levels: the structure of LinkedIn (your connections, groups, etc) and the info on your profile (your current position, past, etc.). These presumably showing info about the “current” position, so it shows the person’s name, their role, the departments they’re in (e.g. Product, and within that, Monetization), their product (in my case, “candidate acquisition platform” or CAP), and its users.