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Agency Improves Whittling Skills, Carves Faces of New Hires Into a Totem Pole


Philly-based ad agency Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners is back to carving likeness of its new employees, but it's graduated from crayons to wooden totem poles.

The details of the faces are pretty rough in both mediums, but the new material is clearly more forgiving—if less endearingly weird. Still, particularly lucky hires get adorable paper-doll versions of themselves. It could be an apt bit of foreshadowing, as a career in the industry might leave them feeling flattened, or square anyways. Either approach, however, makes for a more fun welcome-to-the-office present than the usual nothing, and a far more entertaining gift to the world than a run-of-the-mill press release.

One downside (or perhaps it's an upside): One of the new hires can lay claim to literally being the low man on the totem pole.

As far as offbeat staff announcements go, though, RTO+P has some pretty stiff competition in Barton F. Graf 9000's airplane-banner method.

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