Q&A with Sara Watkins: Finding creative focus after the blur of a tour

As a member of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour, singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins has spent much of the last 20 years traveling the world from stage to stage. It’s a job that demands both being in transit and being connected to creative collaborators along the way. We’re always curious how busy creatives find time to tune out distractions and nurture new ideas. So we asked Sara how she begins conjuring songs and capturing moments of inspiration after returning home from life on the road.

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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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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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What we learned about creative collaboration from artists at SXSW

Last week, we had the pleasure of talking with an inspiring group of musicians, designers, podcasters, and comedians at the 2017 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas. Our goal was to find out how some of the most brilliant minds in the world collaborate on their creative work. Here’s what we learned.

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Krist Novoselic of Nirvana tells us what inspired an iconic sound

How does it feel to collaborate with your heroes? How do musicians work together to make songs that create a new genre and define a generation? At this year’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, we sat down with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic at the Dropbox Studio to find out how groups with diverse points of view can work together to find common ground and create something that changes the world.

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