After days, if not weeks or months, of trashing through ideas and then carefully refining your work, you send your client or manager a product that positively shines. But instead of commending you for your creative genius, they respond in a far more maddening manner. Maybe they dash off a terse “I don’t like it” or send back a long list of overly prescriptive change requests or reply with a vague and confusing request to make it “pop.” Whichever it is, you’ve just received some pretty terrible feedback.
DJ Steve Aoki is a two-time Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, entrepreneur, and founder of Dim Mak Records. As one of the highest-grossing dance artists in North America, it’s no surprise he’s in high demand. His recently collaborated with the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Bok Nero, T-Pain, 2Chainz, and Gucci Mane, to name just a few.
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.
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.
Often found wearing many hats, the Hybrid fills the gaps necessary for a stellar campaign. Due to unfulfilled needs in their marketing chain, they often take on additional roles outside their preferred skill set and workflow. To better understand what the Hybrid needs to collaborate effectively, we reached out to marketing and design professionals across the US to identify their pain points, and learn ways to address them. In part six of our series on effective collaboration, we’ll share three tips for teaming up with the Hybrid.
Productivity is good—but it’s not why we work. It’s not what gets us out of bed in the morning. It’s not what drives us to try something exciting, to make something new, something we love, something that lasts. We believe creative energy is the spark that keeps us going long after office hours are over. The more energy you have for the work you love, the more energy you get back. It’s not just powerful, it’s renewable. And it’s inside every one of us. We want to help creative problem solvers tap into that energy and keep it flowing. Because we take our inspiration from those who dig deeper to find a new way forward. And today, we want to thank a few of the many makers in our incredibly diverse, wildly inspiring community.