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Your office door – express yourself!

It’s an under-appreciated art form: self-expression via the office door. We’d like you to send us photos of your, or a colleague’s, personalized portal.


I was always partial to Far Side cartoons, but that may be dating me. Perhaps PhD Comics are now all the rage on office doors, especially among grad students (but, of course, grad students rarely have offices with actual doors). Ironic messages are also good, or cheesy snapshots, or interesting slogans or artwork.

But, rather than describing a favourite office door, I’d like you to send me a snapshot of it, and I’ll post the best ones right here. The decorated office door is an underappreciated art form that, while not exclusive to colleges and universities, has arguably reached its apex in this setting.

Your photos can be full frontal (exploring the Gestalt of the decorated door) or focus on particular embellishments. If it’s your colleague’s door, rather than your own, I’d appreciate that you get permission beforehand (or, at least, ensure the photo has no identifying information). If I get enough photos, I’ll make it a regular feature.

The fine details: jpegs or tiffs are best. Please no photos over 4 MB (our server will get indigestion). Photos can be sent to me by e-mail at [email protected] or simply by clicking here. Please include some information about the photo, i.e., whose door it is, in what department and at which university.





Léo Charbonneau
Léo Charbonneau is the editor of University Affairs.
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