Every November, 400,000 aspiring novelists make a commitment to dive into a literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal? Completing a 50,000-word novel in just 4 weeks. Founded in July 1999 by writer Chris Baty, NaNoWriMo has been the catalyst for over a dozen bestsellers. This year, Dropbox Paper is sponsoring NaNoWriMo—and that inspired two of our own to take on the challenge.
You get home from work and your partner asks what you want to order for dinner. Somehow that simple question seems impossible to answer. You toss the choice back to them. And so the game of “I don’t care. You pick,” begins. What’s going on here? Why does take-out suddenly seem so complicated?
2017’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco is the result of a now decade-long partnership between co-producers Superfly and Another Planet Entertainment. Beyond these two entities are the 65+ bands, 20+ comedians, 80 food vendors serving over 200 menu items, 40 wineries, 30 breweries, visual artists, and more. And behind those is a vast network of vendors, operations managers, producers and freelancers. While musicians and chefs are creating collaborative performances across the diverse genres of food and music, the teams behind the curtain have been in lockstep year round to create the stage they stand on. With the sheer number of teams involved, a tool tying these networks together is essential.
Our brains are constantly processing a barrage of information. To handle all of this input efficiently, our minds relegate a fair amount of thinking to our “adaptive unconscious,” a concept made famous in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink. Gladwell likened the adaptive unconscious to a “giant computer that quickly and quietly processes a lot of the data we need in order to keep functioning as human beings.”
We’re all hoarders and collectors of data. But why don’t we delete anything? What compels us to keep files we haven’t opened in years, even when they take up valuable hard drive space? For photographers, designers, recording engineers, and everyone else who creates content for a living, those files are more than archives. They’re the seeds of ideas that could bloom into a new project. But if those seeds of inspiration can’t be found, they can’t grow into anything new. Here’s how Smart Sync can turn your archived data into a library you can search through to retrieve exactly what you need, right when you need it.
Earlier this year, Design Milk shared two case studies showing how their team uses Dropbox Paper to collaborate with remote teams working in various locations around the world. Today, we want to tell you about one of those case studies, in which Paper was an instrumental tool in bringing the Milk Stand to life at ICFF 2017.