I had a marketing professor in college whom I greatly enjoyed and still admire today. His office was adorned with point of purchase material, figurines, bobbleheads, toys, posters, and the like. The shelves, walls, desks—any surface—were covered. There was almost not enough room to think it was so full. Yet each piece had a story
to tell. This professor had an interesting and successful career including holding the office of CMO of a
successful Fortune 500 company prior to his professorship.
Perhaps not all offices are as rife with things as the above example, yet many workstations and cubicles do have a fair amount of office toys ranging from stress balls to Slinkys to Jell-O encapsulated staplers. It all screams personality and flare. In the office environment people collect things as a point of differentiation. But, there can come a point when too much is too much. In the accumulated flotsam and jetsam practicality may shine brightest.
Today I bring you a practical item to add to your desktop collection. It is Office Putty; “Calm. Focus. Create.”.
Office Putty is a non-sticky, never dries-out-putty that is intended to relieve stress and create focus. The creator of Office Putty, Ryan Perica, was in search of something better to relieve stress and bring concentration to the work week.
“The creation of Office Putty was first driven by a personal need; I wanted the perfect office tool and was sick of the junky toys out there. When I found myself using it every day to help with stress and concentration, I thought this has got to be something that many office workers need”, says Perica.
Manufactured in the USA, the odorless putty is a subtle blue and comes in a small silver tin—a sharp look for modern desks. And the Kickstarter community agrees. With more than 20 days left, the campaign has already surpassed 120% of its intended goal. For only $22 CAD you could back this project and receive your very own Office Putty.
“The biggest challenge was what I think most people have – the fear of failure. But once I saw how people around me were using and enjoying Office Putty, I just had to get the product on Kickstarter.”
I love office toys. One of my coworkers had a Slinky on his desk and it was so calming to subconsciously fiddle with while working out a business problem. I can only imagine that Office Putty would produce the same effect. Perica said that the he wants his new product to reach household name status of the desk toppers category similar to the Kleenex of facial tissue and the ChapStick of lip balm.
"I am really passionate about discovering innovative ways to create a productive and fun work environment. Office Putty is the first step towards a dream to change working environments for many offices who want to eliminate the day-to-day grind."
Perica also alluded to consultancy work on the distant horizon for him and his by-then-team. But for the moment he is enjoying the success of the Kickstarter campaign and its subsequent launch of Office Putty.
So show your support and POP open a tin of Office Putty.
Office Putty Kickstarter Campaign
Office Putty Website