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Dropmarked: Sea Plastic & Net Art

Here’s what our team is Dropmarking this week:

  • Gyrecraft - Studio Swine embarks on a 1000 nautical mile journey, collecting sea plastic along the way to create art objects (watch above).

  • The Original Net Artists - Motherboard takes it back to the 80s to uncover early computer art created using Telidon, a precursor to the web.

  • From Vrrrramp to Snikt - Hopes & Fears explores sci-fi’s most iconic movie sound effects.

  • Voyager’s Golden Record - Originally carried aboard the Voyager spacecrafts in 1977, NASA uploads audio recorded on 12-inch gold records to SoundCloud.

  • Neighborhood in color - Mexico’s government collaborates with local street artists to paint a 20,000 square meter mural across 209 homes in Pachuca, Mexico.

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How Heath Ceramics gets things done

heath-ceramics-design-team-photo-by-mariko-reed Heath Ceramics design team, photo by Mariko Reed

Founded in 1948, California-based Heath Ceramics is a design-focused, family-owned business known for their handcrafted ceramic tableware and architectural tiles.

Throughout its near 70 year history, Heath Ceramics has grown organically with a commitment to local manufacturing and environmental responsibility, still making dinnerware today in its original factory in Sausalito, California. The company was recently recognized with the 2015 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement awarded by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

We caught up with Megan Sanguinetti, who works in Heath’s design team, to learn more about the California-based company’s focus on design, and how they use Dropmark to get things done as a team.

First, congratulations on your National Design Award. Your submission was titled “Business by Design”, can you tell me more about your design-focused approach to business?

Thank you! It means so much to be recognized for our macro use of design. Whether you call it working in-house, or think of it as working at a vertically integrated company, the freedom to be the client and designer gives us an incredible amount of insight and opportunity. We design the product, of course, but it goes so far beyond that. We design and define the process, the environment, the experience. The job is never done, in the best way possible. The submission can be seen here, or even better, stop by one of our factories and showrooms for a tour.

heath-ceramics-la-showroom Heath Ceramics showroom in Los Angeles

“We design and define the process, the environment, the experience. The job is never done, in the best way possible.”

What inspires your team?

Getting outside and seeing things differently. The inspiration that comes from the built and natural environments is unbeatable, and the great thing about inspiration is that it feeds itself — once you see one thing in a new light it creates new connections and you start thinking about everything in new ways. Cathy just came back from 3 weeks in Spain and Portugal; Rosalie from a weekend in Colorado; Ada was in Philadelphia earlier this month and Tung and I spent a week in LA. It’s hard to put yourself in a new context and not feel that jolt of creative energy.

heath-ceramics-seasonal-dinnerware-photo-by-jeffery-cross Seasonal dinnerware by Heath Ceramics, photo by Jeffery Cross

You make a lot of beautiful products, can you tell me about your team’s creative process?

The creative process extends very organically from the inspiring people and work we surround ourselves with (to name drop a few: Brendan Monroe, Stan Bitters, Matt Dick of Small Trade Co, Julia Turner and so many more). We’re lucky to not feel beholden to product cycles, so when inspiration hits, we follow it. Often, it meanders and ends in an unexpected place (like our recently created tile collection, Mural, which was originally slated to be a custom commercial installation). Leaving room for serendipity and exploration enables our team to change course quickly and be creatively satisfied with a huge variety of work.

“Leaving room for serendipity and exploration enables our team to change course quickly and be creatively satisfied with a huge variety of work.”

Who do you use Dropmark with?

We use Dropmark within our design team for reviewing web mock ups and with our fantastic e-commerce director (hi Joseph!) to collect web inspiration. We’ve recently begun exploring what the future of the Heath site is, and Dropmark is such a great tool for collaborative “notes to self.” Personally, I also use it to capture all sorts of bits of inspiration.

heath-ceramics-mural-tile-and-clay-studio-photo-by-mariko-reed Mural tile and clay studio, photo by Mariko Reed

How does Dropmark fit into your team’s workflow?

We use Dropmark in a few ways: for collecting inspiration of course, but also to review web comps. I love using Dropmark to organize different iterations of web updates and track progress. I can add notes and annotations for myself and others, it’s easy to present in the browser and navigating between multiple iterations is a breeze.

Lastly, what’s the most interesting thing you’ve Dropmarked recently?

We’re all enamored with companies that own and shape the experience from beginning to end, and create their own visual language. This website from Maharam has such a simple and beautiful top navigation — distilled to only 3 items!

For more Heath Ceramics visit heathceramics.com and follow @heathceramics on Twitter.

Dropmarked: History & Housing

Here are our team’s favorite picks this week:

Housing Through the Centuries - The Atlantic takes us on an animated journey of housing from 25,000 BC caves to a 2015 3D-printed mansion (watch above).

A million minutes of history - The Associated Press makes 550,000 videos available on YouTube with historical footage dating from 1895 to the present day.

Tree of 40 Fruit - Artist Sam Van Aken uses grafting to create amazing trees that bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits like peaches, plums, apricots, and almonds.

Daily Overview - Benjamin Grant scours Google Earth collecting breathtaking patterns found in satellite imagery (start with the Top 10).

The Evolution of an Artist - Every Frame a Painting takes a look at Chuck Jones of Looney Tunes-fame, and the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.

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Search with #tags

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Since launching the new Dashboard, tags have quickly become a popular way to categorize and group items in Dropmark. If you’re like our team, your dashboard is now bursting with wonderful tags like #design, #inspiration, or the inevitable #todo.

Now tags are getting even more powerful with the addition of Tag Search. Simply include a #hashtag in any search query, and your results will be filtered accordingly. As always, your most popular tags are accessible with one click from the sidebar menu.

Search individual collections or globally, and — here’s where it gets fun — try filtering with #multiple #tags to discover interesting intersections among your items.

#space and #fashion? Yes please.

search-tags Tags are available on all Pro and Team accounts, try it out free for 14 days.

Dropmarked: Threads & Space

From around the web, here’s what caught our eyes this week:

Embroidered Zoetrope - Digital artist Elliot Schultz embroiders animation sequences on 10" discs to create a turntable-powered zoetrope (see it in action above).

KnitYak - Hand-knitter and mathematician Fabienne Serrière is developing algorithmically-generated knit scarves on Kickstarter.

Views of Pluto Through the Years - From its discovery in 1930 to its recent close-up, NASA combines decades of Pluto observations into an animated GIF (of course).

Lightyear.fm - Scroll through space and hear virtual radio broadcasts as they travel from Earth at the speed of light.

Most Recognizable Voice in New York - The New Yorker meets the man behind the New York City subway announcements.

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Say hello to @mentions

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From design reviews to client feedback, comments in Dropmark have long been a simple and productive way to have discussions around your most important items.

Now we’re making it even easier to keep these discussions meaningful and relevant with the introduction of @mentions.

To use mentions, start by typing “@” in your comment and Dropmark will auto-suggest collaborators to pick from, or just type their @username. If you use Twitter, you already know how this works (p.s. you should follow @dropmark).

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Mentioned individuals will receive an email notification, bringing them into the discussion, while keeping things free of noise for everyone else. All collaborators can always catch up on the discussion activity later using their Dashboard when it’s convenient for them.

Along with individuals, you can also mention entire teams using their @team name. This is a great way to make sure everyone is up to speed on important decisions, and gather feedback from your group — especially helpful when working with multiple teams.

Hot on the heels of image annotations, comments and mentions are supported on all Pro and Team-owned collections. Give it a try with your team and enjoy your newfound productivity.

Manage your notification preferences

We’re also giving you full control over how these notifications are sent. You can choose to receive all notifications, @mentions only, or mute them entirely.

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Manage these options on your Account page.

Pro tip: You can also subscribe to notifications using Feeds for Mac or any RSS reader.

Dropmarked: California & Markov Chains

Here’s what our team is Dropmarking this week:

California Inspires Me - Comedian and musician Reggie Watts talks life and inspiration in this beautiful animation by Drew Tyndell for California Sunday (watch above).

Himawari-8 - New York Times provides an interactive look at Japan’s new weather satellite, capturing an image of Earth every 10 minutes.

The BEACH - Experimental studio Snarkitecture transforms the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. with nearly one million translucent plastic balls.

Wes Anderson Palettes - Get some color inspiration for your next project from this curated collection of palettes inspired by Wes Anderson film scenes.

Calvin and Markov - Josh Millard uses code and a Markov chain process to remix Bill Watterson’s classic Calvin and Hobbes comic strips with absurd results.

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Pro tip: Add location to your items

For a while now, Dropmark has supported geotags from camera photos (EXIF data) and services like Google Maps and Flickr. Recently, we’ve opened up editable location metadata to all items in Dropmark.

location “Go, and Be” - really making me want to visit the Scottish Highlands right now

From notes to videos, you can now add location information to any type of item to provide better context. Planning a trip? Set locations on the interesting links you collect, and Dropmark will show a handy map in the info bar for you and your collaborators. A full Google Map is also just one click away, making it a snap to find your way.

Much more location-aware goodness coming to Dropmark soon, so stay tuned!

Dropmarked: Rainbows & Shipwrecks

Dive into our favorite gems from around the web this week:

Colors - Husband and wife filmmaking team The Mercadantes celebrates a rainbow of colors in their latest video (watch above).

Google Ocean View - Google Street View includes views of the ocean where you can catch sights like shipwrecks, humpback whales, and coral reefs.

Restoring a 355-year-old painting - The Metropolitan Museum of Art capture the 10 month restoration of a 1660 painting by Charles Le Brun in a video and their blog.

Physics behind sparklers - With July 4th celebrations upon us, Wired investigates the surprisingly awesome physics of how a simple sparkler works.

Paper Portraits - Set designer Adriana Napolitano creates unique and colorful portraits using handcrafted paper props.

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Dropmarked: Voice & Paper Cups

Here’s what we’ve been Dropmarking this week:

Voice of Siri - Susan Bennett, the real voice of Siri, talks to Vox talks on the art of voice acting and how she’s been humanizing computers for decades (watch above).

Designing Solo Jazz - The internet’s obsession with an iconic 90s paper cup leads to its unassuming designer Gina Ekiss.

NeuroKnitting - A collaborative project by artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, and scientist Sebastian Mealla, translates brainwaves into unique knitted garments.

Photographic Firsts - World’s first photograph taken in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, and other photographic firsts by PetaPixel.

Cardboard America - Dive into this vast collection of vintage postcards from all over the United States and Canada.

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