As a product designer, I see evidence every day that you don’t need to be an artist to contribute creative ideas. Being creative isn’t a personality type or a job title or a degree you earn in graduate school. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a way of working. It’s a process. Anyone can participate. And everyone who does, can contribute something valuable. Here’s how I know.
Since my days as the co-founder of Presentate, I’ve been asking why so many collaboration tools get in the way of creating great content. As part of the team at Dropbox, I’ve been working on ways to help people develop ideas together, even when they’re on opposite sides of the world. What I’ve found is that few solutions are in sync with the way people create, or the way teams collaborate. Sometimes, the tools themselves are actually an obstacle to the creative process. That’s why I think it’s time to rebuild collaboration from the idea up.
Whether you’re organizing photos from a cover shoot or reviewing logo design options, working with images and multimedia projects should be inspiring, not frustrating. We’ve built some new features in Dropbox Paper that make it easier for teams to review ideas, provide feedback, and add context to projects that include photos and designs.
When you think about the way a band works on songs together, you might picture five kids crammed into a garage full of amps. But most of the musicians I know don’t work that way. With busy schedules and competing commitments, it’s hard to get a group in the same room at the same time on a regular basis. And what constitutes a “band” can be something completely different now that technology lets people all over the world collaborate on music. To show how these tools can help you save time and effort, here are seven tips that will make collaboration on your next project a lot easier.
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.
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.