How designers collaborate with musicians to build a live show

Recently, Future Classic hosted their first “creative incubator” event at their new studio in L.A. The event featured a panel moderated by FC Founder/CEO Nathan McLay. This month, the guests included three designers who’ve made a career of producing stunning live shows in collaboration with some of the most influential musicians of our time.

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Alex Norris on why it’s better to create like a child than a genius

After the success of his first series, Dorris McComics, suddenly attracted hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, Alex Norris decided it was a good time to take things to the next level: parody. The result is Webcomic Name, a satire of relatable comics that features a “badly drawn blob” who greets an unending onslaught of disappointments with the recurring punchline: “Oh no.” At a recent Nicer Tuesdays event, Alex delved into the origins of his series and the inspiration behind his approach. That inspired us to learn more about what fuels his creativity and why he thinks confidence is one of the most important tools an artist can possess.

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How Steve Aoki uses Dropbox Showcase to collaborate on videos

“When I have to review final work, it’s helpful to see it all in one place like Dropbox Showcase.” —Steve Aoki

How do you keep creative energy flowing when you’re on the road? It’s a question everyone who travels for business has to ask eventually. But when your business is making music, life on the road is nearly nonstop. So rather than wait for a moment of Zen at the end of a tour, international producer/DJ and electronic dance music entrepreneur Steve Aoki decided to keep creating on the move. So how does he stay organized amidst the whirlwind chaos of life on the road?

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How pro football marketing expert Matt O’Neil fosters team creativity

Earlier this year, we traveled to The Gathering in Banff, Canada to learn how marketing leaders from the world’s most-coveted brands guide their companies to cult status. While we were there, Liz Armistead, Head of Brand and Influencer Partnerships at Dropbox, sat down with Matt O’Neil, CEO of Ichi Go and former Vice President of Brand and Media for the Dallas Cowboys to find out how he fosters creativity with his collaborators. Here’s what we learned.

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How a passionate designer sparked a worldwide motion design craze

Moving imagery fascinates Kook Ewo, the motion designer behind title sequences in films like Silent Hill (2006) and RBG (2018). He once dabbled in the still world of photography, but he quickly found his passion—and natural talent—in the animated discipline of motion design. He’s worked with some of film’s biggest names, produced a seminal video about his craft, and created the industry’s premiere global event, Motion Plus Design. We chatted with Kook to hear how he got started, and what motivated him to build an international design conference from scratch.

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