That big presentation, report, or assignment isn’t going to write itself. And yet, you feel compelled to finish every non-essential task on your to-do list instead. Or you’re staring at a blank screen with nothing in your brain but panic. Meanwhile, the clock ticks loudly in the background—metaphorically, at least.
One of the best ways to capture a moment in time is through music. We asked Dropbox founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi to list their favorite songs from 2007. Here are the tunes they most frequently streamed…or rather, synced to their iPods.
While the working world is full of fads—whether that’s treadmill desks or sleep pods—some crazes have more staying power than others. Here are 10 popular workplace trends we’ve seen evolve since the early days of Dropbox—trends that we believe are here to stay.
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.
While we sometimes miss the crazy scramble of Dropbox’s early days, there’s a lot more we’re happy to have left behind. Here are 10 things we remember about how the world worked in 2007 (that we don’t miss today).
It’s a familiar story. You arrive at work, eager to get started on a new project. Then the distractions begin: a handful of emails, a chatty colleague, a personal errand, a trip to the coffee klatch. You keep trying to concentrate, but for one reason or another, you can’t stay on task.
We know the feeling. That’s why we set out to find some smart tips for increasing concentration at work. Sometimes it just takes a few small adjustments to go from scattered to focused.
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.