Sears Designers Upcycle for Inspiration

They say one man’s trash is another’s treasure. What about another man’s masterpiece?

That’s the challenge posed to the UX team at Sears Holdings Corp. for their second annual art exhibition. The 250+ team of designers, writers, developers, web architects, researchers, and others were invited to up-cycle artistically. Essentially, upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials, products of better quality, better environmental value or into works of art.


The exhibit, dubbed Green Machine, is one of many creative opportunities Sears UX has given their in-house team to be inspired and motivated to do exceptional Browser, Tablet and Mobile work for Sears, Kmart, Kenmore and Craftsman. The previous exhibit, appropriately named Orange Crush, called for art pieces that celebrate the color orange. Recently, employees were also given skateboards to use as their blank canvas, covering them with everything from pennies to pop art. Using materials such as copper wiring, hub caps, cigar boxes and broken eyeglasses, employees have created 20 original pieces for the show; the top three pieces will receive an iPad mini; an office open house and art auction is  planned.

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