Hello from Dropbox Design

An introduction to our design team

Kurt Varner
Nov 29, 2016 · 3 min read

This publication

Ok, cool. So what can you expect from us? Well, we believe we’re all in this design thing together. This publication is one of the many ways we plan to invest in the discipline of design by sharing what we’ve learned and experienced in our own design journey. Because at the end of the day, when the design community becomes stronger, we all benefit.

Who’ll be writing

One of the very special things about the Design team at Dropbox is the diverse set of people and disciplines it’s comprised of. We’ve got a phenomenal team of product designers, design researchers, writers, brand designers, illustrators, interactive designers, strategists, and producers: 75 folks in total. You can expect to hear from all our design disciplines.

What we’ll write

We want this to be a place where you come to learn, get inspired, have some fun, and share your own stories with us. In order to bring some loose structure to what we write, we’ve established a short set of content principles — a list of strongly held opinions that will be our guiding light.

The Dropbox Design brand

As we started thinking about our team’s story, we began exploring the brand of Dropbox Design. Not the brand of Dropbox, rather the brand of Design at Dropbox. We know, kind of meta. When someone thinks about Design at Dropbox, what should come to mind? We’ve just embarked on this exercise, and like most things in design, it’ll be a continuous iteration. But one thing was immediately clear to us — our design brand will be a celebration of our team’s individuality and creativity. There won’t be a single visual aesthetic that encapsulates our team. Rather, we’ll celebrate individual creativity by providing freedom and flexibility in our visual expression. We liken our team’s brand expression to modal jazz in contrast to bebop jazz (more on this in a later post).


Come along with us

So friends, let’s learn and take this design adventure together. We’ll be pulling back the curtain and painting a vivid picture of what design looks like at Dropbox. We invite you to hold our hands and follow us on Twitter, Dribbble, and this Medium publication.


Dropbox Design

We believe joy is the engine that powers all the best ideas. We’re designing an elegant and intuitive way of working, so you can love the way you work. More on https://dropbox.design.

Kurt Varner

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Design Director at Dropbox. Advisor for startups. Rooting for the underdog.

Dropbox Design

We believe joy is the engine that powers all the best ideas. We’re designing an elegant and intuitive way of working, so you can love the way you work. More on https://dropbox.design.