Behind the collaborative process: 3 murals come to life at SXSW

Every Spring, Austin, Texas becomes a mecca for artists of all kinds—and provides a rare opportunity to explore what they can create together. At this year’s South by Southwest Conference, we’ve asked a few of our favorite artists to join forces for great causes. We’re giving them a space to showcase their activism through art—and this weekend, you’ll be able to watch their ideas come to life on the streets of Austin.

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How 8 artists used Dropbox to transform song lyrics into works of art

On Thursday night, a group of famous artists and curators met in downtown Los Angeles to kick off an interactive experience called Lyrics to Life. The event—hosted by Dropbox and music encyclopedia Genius—features a series of original art pieces, each inspired by some of the most iconic song lyrics in popular culture. It’s an opportunity for artists to celebrate the stories, feelings, and cultural insights in this century’s biggest hits—from Radiohead’s “Creep” to Sia’s “Chandelier.”

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Think small and embrace mistakes: Q&A with Moonlight’s James Laxton

How do you capture small, human moments in a way that feels true to life? In the lead up to the 90th Academy Awards, we’ve been exploring how several different filmmakers create, collaborate, and take risks. We recently caught up with James Laxton—the cinematographer from last year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight—to hear all about his creative process. Here’s how James thinks about film, from the importance of creative tools to the power of trusting your collaborators.

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Reflecting on the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

At Dropbox, we talk a lot about creative energy—that daily fuel that makes it easy to stay in the flow, where work doesn’t feel like work. It’s something we saw every day at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, coming through in the passion of first-time directors or the infectious spirit of ensemble casts. And with 62% of festival films using Dropbox during the creative and collaborative process, we were proud to be a sponsor for this year’s event. Here are some of the most striking examples of the creative energy we saw at the festival—and how each can resonate beyond the world of cinema.

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Your daily routine is making you less creative—here’s how to fix it

Some routines are good. Doctors say going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day helps you stay healthy. Familiar patterns—like regular exercise and brushing your teeth before bed—can help reduce stress and keep you grounded. But taken too far, routines can also become a problem. Doing the same thing all day, over and over, can decrease your creative thinking and blunt your competitive edge.

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