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Glyph Lefkowitz: An Unboxing You Won't See On Gizmodo or Engadget

For the last few months, I’ve been trying to decide what I’ll be doing when I grow up.

It turns out that there’s a company in California which uses Twisted that has a job for me.  Don't worry, east coast people: I'm going to be staying here and working remotely, with some travel.

Since I’ve been using and enjoying their products for some time, I happily accepted their offer.  But that was all over e-mail.  When the real, physical offer letter and associated paperwork arrived, I was highly amused to see that it has the same graceful design, fit and finish that they devote to many of their products.  So I thought it deserved the same sort of review that their other products might get.

Here it is: the iOffer.

The lack of anything but the logo on the outside of the envelope is understated.  It simply says: "You know who we are.  You know what this is."  To be fair, since I was lucky enough to get one of these, I also know who they were and what it was because someone called me to tell me that I would be receiving it in the mail.

Still: impressive.  When I saw this I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.  (I know that some of you will object as I am ethnically jewish and religiously atheist, so I should have felt like a kid on Hanukah evening or at a Dawkins lecture.  I got to sample all varieties of holiday as a child, and let me tell you that the Christians have really got the holiday-morning excitement market locked up.  Shiny products, Christmas morning.)

The tension on the hinge of the folder is perfect: not too tense, not too loose.  It opens easily and will lay flat on any work surface.  In case I didn't actually know who they are or what it was, the words "welcome to apple" adorn the inner flap.

Tab separators along the tops of the section allow me to quickly find the files that I need.  If you're not familiar with paper technology, this is not unlike the "tab" widgets you might see along the top of a browser window such as Firefox and Safari.  They work by placing your finger on top of the desired "tab" and lightly pulling.  Perfectly intuitive.

I was already impressed at this point, but the words "Ah, paperwork" perfectly encapsulate the filling-out-new-hire-paperwork experience.  Most companies will use lots of verbiage to try to make you feel excited about determining what portion of your elective 401k allocation will blah blah blah I'm so bored I can't even finish this sentence, but Apple's paperwork says it like it is.  Also, every other new-hire experience I've had involved a ten-ton brick of paperwork, sent in several packets over a week, usually with pieces missing.  This is, as it appears to be, a small, light folder with a few pieces of paper in it.  Easily under a pound, it feels lighter than an iPod.

Unfolded in all its glory, "The Offer" stands out in the center, in a large, bold font.  The interface and experience is completely consistent across all three pockets within the folder.

All kidding aside, any company that can give this much attention to detail just in their HR paperwork should be fun to work for.  I am looking forward to this new adventure.

Disclaimer now that I am going to work for a big company that might actually get sued: Nothing that I have ever said, or written, or will ever say, is indicative of the opinions or policies of Apple Computer, or any other company or person for that matter.  My opinions are my own.  You may see me writing stuff in this space in the future related to products or code that I'm working on, but this remains the same.



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