While updating my LinkedIn profile the other night, I decided it was time to finally add a custom profile background of some sort. I wanted it to say something about who I am as a professional. First I tried an old illustration I made of myself with Mickey Mouse ears on and a briefcase in hand. But that felt a touch TOO playful. Next I played with a variety of photos – carnivals, theme parks, client projects. But those felt either too narrow or too focused on other companies rather than my own brand. While I would always rather talk about other people’s successes that I’ve contributed to in some small way, LinkedIn really does need to be a place where we all toot our own horns. Then I developed a background using a repeating pattern of icons representative of the types of work I’m passionate about. I didn’t love it.
Frustrated that nothing seemed to be communicating the right thing, I looked at my desk – a bit of a mess that night, I’ll admit – and realized that I’m surrounded by items that tell a decent story about how I work. So I grabbed everything that was on top of and underneath my desk, lined it up on the ground, and snapped a photo. Voila. A meaningful LinkedIn profile background.
Click around on the image below for quick descriptions of my desk’s contents.
As a bonus, our polished concrete flooring made a great backdrop for this shot.
Does your desk look similar? What killer tools am I missing?