Have you ever emailed a batch of files to a client, only to find out they completely overlooked your message? Or that they only downloaded the first of five attachments? Or that your work got forwarded along without your name or attribution?
More and more people are choosing to work for themselves, whether as business consultants or creative pros. But doing everything yourself can be a challenge. Putting your best foot forward isn’t always easy, and dealing with all the busywork—like managing files and sending follow-up emails—can eat into your creative flow. That’s why we’re launching Dropbox Professional, a new plan that lets you store, share, and track your work from one place. It’s designed specifically for independent workers, and it comes with two new features: Dropbox Showcase and Dropbox Smart Sync.
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.
Many top executives have long touted the benefits of an early morning start. Apple CEO Tim Cook famously wakes up at 3:45 am. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is up by 4:00 and in the office by 7:00. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is at her desk at 6:00. And, perhaps with the help of a grande latte, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz arrives to work by 6:00, too.
As a designer, artist, author, educator, and host of Design Matters, the first and longest-running podcast on design, Debbie Millman has been called “one of the most creative people working in business” by Fast Company. We caught up with Debbie at the opening of Text Me: How We Live in Language, an exhibit she’s curating at The Museum of Design Atlanta through February 2, 2018. As proud sponsors of the show, we wanted to chat with her about the inspiration behind the exhibit, the collaborators who helped bring it to life, and her work with Alina Wheeler on the new edition of the book, Designing Brand Identity.
Watching artists create together is inspiring—especially when they influence each other to try something new and unexpected. It’s always fun when bands invite friends to jump onstage and jam. But we were curious to see what might happen if different kinds of artists—painters, dancers, bands, and chefs—could combine their talents and take inspiration from each other in real time. So at this year’s Outside Lands festival, we asked some of our favorite creatives to try an experiment with us.