The open office layout is meant to foster an egalitarian work environment that inspires creativity and spontaneous collaboration among colleagues. Nearly 60 years since their invention, an increasing body of research is beginning to show what many employees already know—open offices often fall short of that ideal.
If you’ve ever been locked out of your account, you know it can be a major frustration—especially when you have deadlines to meet, and people waiting on you to respond. The problem is, many users cannot reliably receive text messages or don’t keep track of emergency backup codes. And sometimes you don’t have your two-factor authentication code generator or U2F security key on hand. We work hard to make security easy, so we developed a new solution you can use as a backup in these situations. Starting today, you can also use the Dropbox mobile app to verify your identity.
We’re excited to announce that Quentin Clark is joining Dropbox as our SVP of Engineering, Product, and Design. In this role, he will lead strategy and execution across these teams. Quentin has deep experience in SaaS, with 22 years of product leadership roles, overseeing billion-dollar businesses at Microsoft and, more recently, SAP. His work with business applications, large scale infrastructure, and machine learning will be invaluable as we continue to scale.
As a product designer, I see evidence every day that you don’t need to be an artist to contribute creative ideas. Being creative isn’t a personality type or a job title or a degree you earn in graduate school. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a way of working. It’s a process. Anyone can participate. And everyone who does, can contribute something valuable. Here’s how I know.
Designers and architects don’t have an easy job. Beyond the work it takes to translate ideas into interior designs or blueprints into beautiful buildings, you have to navigate the murky waters of opinion. You have to call upon Zen-like patience to deal with brutally blunt criticism while somehow turning layers of feedback into an idea everyone approves. But there is a way to make the approval process feel more like conversation than conflict. It’s all about choosing tools that let your whole team work together seamlessly. Here’s how to start.
At this year’s SXSW conference, we had a chance to chat with some of our favorite artists to find out what sparks their creative process and how they collaborate on music, comedy, and storytelling. Here’s what we learned from Australian singer/songwriter Vera Blue about letting the vibe of your environment—and chemistry with your collaborators—shape the sound of your songs.