Dear Pieter, I hate Post-its


7.6 x 7.6 cm.
Snippets of conversations, ideas, decontextualised thoughts.
Worse: just a word.
Trying to find its own meaning.
Doing.

Alexia Boiteau

Post it image crumpled post it

Yellow, pink, green, blue.
So vivid and so practical for sorting out.
Whatever needs to be sorted out, the colour will do it.
So functional.
So bland.

The too important role we give to Post-its.
In the urge of labelling everything, give an order.
Classify. One colour per action, per type of person or role, per whatever.
Losing the freedom of the creative process.
Busy with a systematic way to generate ideas.

Hurry, don’t miss a thing.
Write everything down.
The worst as the best.
Valued at the same level.
And in the end, what will stick?


There are some Post-its I hate more than others

Scrum Post-its
Don’t move the Post-it now. No. NOT now.
This is not your post-it. You are green not yellow!
Chill-out. I am human.

Workshop Post-its
Don’t forget to take the post-its for the workshop!
Huh… well, what about my brain?
Also colourful! Also able of great sorting.

Dear Post-its,
My imagination overflows your format.
So tiny, so square.

Sticky-note:
As a designer, I wish I…(sorry, I ran out of space)

Pieter wrote back to Alexia to tell her why he loves post-its.