Celebrating #Dropbox10: The 10 illustrations you never saw

Since the earliest days of Dropbox, we’ve tried to connect with users through illustration. Whether we’re announcing a new product or fixing a pesky bug, we know users prefer to hear the news from fellow humans, not robots. Much of the Dropbox visual style has developed along those lines: personal, hand-drawn, playful.

In many cases, we’ll design several concepts before picking the option that’s just right. Here are 10 illustrations the design team loved, even if they missed the final cut.

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Spend less time searching, more time getting work done with Smart Sync

Imagine how much more you could get done if you could trade file-tracking time for hours devoted to mission-critical work. If you and your team have tried to save disk space by storing files in USB disks or external hard drives—or avoided syncing a folder from the cloud because it’s too big—you’ve created unnecessary walls between your work. Here’s how Smart Sync can help your team get more out of Dropbox by letting you put more into it.

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Do these 6 morning routines to jumpstart your productivity

Ever felt like your whole morning slipped by before you got any real work done? Have you woken up grouchy, then felt grumpy all day? Unproductive days often have a sneaky culprit: a bad morning routine.

With this in mind, we set out to find a few simple morning habits with proven track records—routines backed by studies, endorsed by experts, or practiced by successful entrepreneurs. Here are six ways you can start your morning to make for a more productive day.

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Multitasking won’t make you more productive. Here’s what will.

Only a few years ago, multitasking seemed like the only way to get things done. The more we had on our plates, the more it made sense to try to keep every plate spinning at the same time. Now we know multitasking actually slows us down and can reduce our productivity by up to 40%. Our lives aren’t getting less busy, though. So what can you do to get work done effectively? Here are five tips to help you improve your focus and turn complicated projects into easy-to-tackle tasks.

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Paper 101: How to embed rich media in your Dropbox Paper docs

Sometimes you need more than text to tell your story. Whether you’re illustrating your point with colorful graphs or using pictures to personalize your presentation, there are many ways to bring your doc to life. But adding photos, videos, audio files, and social media posts shouldn’t slow your creative flow. That’s why we made it easy to embed all kinds of rich media into your Dropbox Paper docs. All you have to do is copy the URL and paste the link into your doc, and the content automatically appears on the page. Here are 8 ways to include movies, music, and movement in your Paper doc.

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