in use

Comment from John on the “Office: Details” post:

I wonder how many design sessions were spent on the wording of the “IN USE” sign.

“At first, we had ‘BUSY’. It was ok but it didn’t feel quite right. What if David is in there slacking off, for example? It’s no ‘busy’. So, I went to use Draft [link] and posted the following on Campfire [link]: ‘OCCUPIED’ It was the right meaning this time, but it sounded shitty, like it was an airport bathroom. In the end, Ryan suggested ‘IN USE ’. It just clicked: simple, the right meaning, short and to the point. Perfect.”

Haha. Well played.

Here’s how it would have gone…