Hilarious Miniature Series Captures the Essence of Office Life

"Sometimes people need to be reminded that good work takes time."
“Sometimes people need to be reminded that good work takes time.”

Working in an advertising agency can be as rewarding as it can be stressful. So it’s up to you to turn the little irritating things into something fun. Derrick Lin, a brand strategist based in Ohio, captures his model train miniatures in oh-so-familiar office situations. Whether it’s crunch time, productivity versus weather, or happy hour cheer, Derrick has snaps to illustrate them all. He takes the pictures with his iPhone and shares them with spot-on captions, both humorous and relevant to many.

"Monday comes too soon when we worked the whole weekend."
“Monday comes too soon when we worked the whole weekend.”

The series goes to show that many of these problems are universal and no workplace is ever perfect. When Derrick spoke with the Daily Mail, he explained how the project came to be:

“I have always been fascinated by all things miniature and by small details, so it occurred to me that the miniature figures, with the contrast of their size and their lively poses, could be a great medium to express our many emotions. I use my iPhone and office lighting to take the photos because I want to achieve a friendly and ‘everyday’ style. Shortly after starting my Instagram page, I had co-workers cheering for me and volunteering to be in the pictures, they are always encouraging me to share my series with the Internet.”

See if you can spot the good, the bad and the ugly of your own life in the office. You’ll find the full series on Derrick’s Instagram @marsder or his Tumblr profile.

"Office fridge cleaning day."
“Office fridge cleaning day.”
"It is impossible to get our coworkers' attention when they wear headphones."
“It is impossible to get our coworkers’ attention when they wear headphones.”
"When we're toiling away at work, we look forward to lunch breaks all morning."
“When we’re toiling away at work, we look forward to lunch breaks all morning.”
"At the end of each week, it's time to track all the work we did."
“At the end of each week, it’s time to track all the work we did.”
"No matter how much we rehearse, we still get nervous before a big presentation."
“No matter how much we rehearse, we still get nervous before a big presentation.”
"Every vacationer knows there is a mountain of work waiting for them to come back."
“Every vacationer knows there is a mountain of work waiting for them to come back.”
"Some coworkers always put their own convenience before ours."
“Some coworkers always put their own convenience before ours.”
"Sometimes we just want to toss everything and not care about it."
“Sometimes we just want to toss everything and not care about it.”

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