Every week, employees at Facebook are provided the opportunity to hear directly from leadership about what’s happening within the company and on people’s minds. During these events, a special award is handed out to recognize substantial efforts, known as the “Fix of the Week.”
In early 2017, I designed the first physical manifestation of the award. Although the brief was wide open, the question was really what would be exciting, unexpected, and fun for recipients in a largely engineering-led organization?
What I developed was a functional object — one made for engineers and makers — not just an inanimate one to sit on a desk or shelf. Building on a Raspberry Pi circuitboard, the award was fitted with a custom laser-cut and etched acrylic panel, walnut base, and custom modeled USB plug to connect everything together.