Our browser extension can save you time

Dropmark’s crown jewels are undoubtedly our browser and iOS apps, but our browser extension is an unsung hero.

If you’re anything like me, you have at least a few browser extensions littering your browser’s toolbar. How else could you possibly remember my passwords, or correct your grammar? Adding another extension to your line up can be a commitment, but here are three reasons that the Dropmark browser extension is going to change your workflow for the better.

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Don’t skip a beat

When you stumble upon a piece of art, blog post, or location that you know is interesting, but have no idea when it would be useful right now, you can save it to Dropmark with two clicks. Perhaps even add a few tags to the item directly in the browser extension. Tags can help you build links between items you’ve already added to Dropmark.

Dropmark is better with your stuff in it, whether that’s for you to move into other collections for future projects, or just as a personal inspiration resource whenever you need. By saving inspiration to a collection, you can always revisit your handpicked gems instead of trawling the vastness of the internet. Make it a place where you can get inspired, get focussed, and get stuff done.

Worried about storage space? Storage limits only apply to files uploaded to Dropmark, not bookmarks and web content which are unlimited. You can go as wild as you like with the browser extension.

If the website changes, your collection doesn’t have to

When it comes to bookmarked websites, so long as the website you link to is live, it’ll be viewable through Dropmark. But it’s not unusual for a blog you love to wind down, for an article to get lost, or for a killer design to become flabby. What if you want to create an archive that isn’t reliant on anyone else’s website? That’s where the Dropmark browser extension comes in.

Our browser extension allows you to take a screenshot of a whole website, from top to bottom. That way, no matter what happens, your screenshot will stay safely in your collection. See more about how you can use screenshots to create an archive on Dropmark.

Keep the receipts

Having receipts is cool, and citing your sources is relevant in academia, design, and pretty much any industry. When you add anything using to Dropmark using our browser extensions, you’ll be able to see the sources in whatever app you use for Dropmark.

By always having your sources on hand you never have to Google for the original artist or scour the internet trying to match images for the perfect location. Just one more way to make your life a little bit easier.

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What do you use our browser extension for? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram.

How Composite Co. gets things done

Composite Co. is a multidisciplinary creative studio founded by Jacob Weinzettel and Christian Dutilh in Washington DC.

Composite Co. was founded in 2014 and has been making waves ever since. Their risk-taking design aesthetic pays dividends. Together they create beautiful and functional visual identities for businesses in DC and beyond.

We chatted with Jacob Weinzettel about inspiration, Composite Co.’s process, and how they use Dropmark to get things done.

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Can you tell me a little bit about Composite Co. and how you got started?

Composite Co. is the creative studio of me, Jacob Weinzettel and my partner Christian Dutilh. We met in 2014, started seeing each other shortly after that, and starting working on a big project together about a year later. It was a pretty natural progression.

Composite began out of the desire to combine our skills, talents, and natural aesthetic proclivities. It’s also loosely based around the concept of “jugaad” the Hindi word which means to make something by piecing together what you have, to hack your current resources, which was our mantra when we were starting the studio.

We started out of our homes, and favorite coffee shops (shout out to Colony Club in DC) then graduated to desks at a WeWork, and finally got our own studio this time last year.

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How does design fit into Composite Co.’s culture?

Literally everything produced in the world is designed in one way or another (whether good or bad), so we think about it on that micro of a scale in addition to the macro view.

Design is at the core of every decision we make—from the tools we use and the things we create, the environment we build around us, to the philosophical worldview we go out into the world with.

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How does being based in DC impact your work?

Being a designer in DC means continuously fighting back against the commonly-held belief that only government bureaucrats and politicians live here, which is a misconception. So our work is driven in large part by the desire to be seen and acknowledged by a city of people that aren’t very design savvy, which is often an uphill battle.

Pushing the limits of what people are comfortable with from a design perspective has become our own political act of rebellion, which is very DC of us when you think about it. There’s always that underlying sense that we have our studio here to shake things up.

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What inspires your team?

Our team is inspired by surprise. Things and images that surprise are the most interesting to us. We’re not necessarily interested in making something conventionally pretty. Anything that challenges our current ideas about aesthetics and the state of the world is inspiring to us.

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What does your creative process look like?

Our creative process is constantly in flux, and we’re always pivoting and trying new things. Evolution is definitely another of our core values.

Generally, it starts with a massive amount of input and research—reading, writing, critical discussion, and collecting images from the far dark corners of the internet. Image output is inevitably linked to the inputs, which we don’t think is a bad thing as long as the inputs are good.

We do our best not to look at things that most people are looking at, and there’s also a critical multidisciplinary approach here as well—visual art, industrial design, interiors, architecture, photography, typography, and traditional graphic design images can all be relevant.

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How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

Dropmark helps us collect all these inputs from an unfathomable amount of sources. Whether it’s something a previous intern Airdropped to us one time three years ago or something from a more traditional visual inspiration source like Instagram or Pinterest. It’s great to have a tool that consolidates and organizes all of our visual image research.

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What’s the most interesting thing you Dropmarked lately?

Probably this font that includes no actual typographic characters but instead is comprised entirely of plant and leaf glyphs.

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See more of Composite Co.’s work at wearecomposite.co and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Trendspotting on Dropmark

Spotting trends and forecasting is an essential part of any business. Dropmark can help you track patterns, whether you’re watching tastes emerge as an interior designer, or changes in market trends as an entrepreneur.

There is no industry which places more stock in trends than fashion. Fashion Week encompasses frenetic energy that seeps into the city, even if you aren’t one of the beautiful people. You can’t help but notice the influx of ethereal models stomping across the Manhattan’s sidewalks, or the volume of bloggers staging candid style shots on street corners.

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Weaving narratives from hundreds of shows into clear trend stories is an enormous exercise. Brands and businesses use Dropmark to tackle these sorts of tasks. By using Dropmark, you can start to see the wood from the trees and plan accordingly.

One of the keys to helping you spot trends on Dropmark is tags. On our Pro and Team plans you get access to tags, which can help give your items more hierarchy. You can search individual collections using tags, or across everything on Dropmark with our global search.

To search your collection, click the magnifying button at the top of your collection, or locate the search bar in the side navigation. If you want to explore all your collections, you can click the tickbox next to ‘Search all collections’, or search from your dashboard.


Being able to view an assortment of imagery across your whole account can be useful, especially if you’re in a Dropmark Team. Tags can help you to make new connections between your items and see entire swaths of items all at once.

With Dropmark you can have a record that goes back years, making it easy to track a designer’s aesthetic maturing, or to notice trend cycles. You might use Dropmark as a way to spot trends in styling, fabrics and colors, even the models themselves.

All the content you upload is stored in the cloud, so you can use Dropmark as a historical archive. Having a database that is easy to use and full of beautiful designs makes research quicker, easier, and more inspiring.

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Dropmark’s also pretty handy as a tool to track your competitors. My favorite way to keep an eye on your competition is to save a screenshot of a company’s website as well as a live link. The screenshot will act as a historical point of reference, and the live link will enable you to check what their site looks like right now quickly. If something has changed that you want to keep, you can take another screenshot and make sure your records are as up to date as possible.

I do this frequently. It helps me to visualize the other companies, their roadmaps, and where we are headed too. You can try this technique if you need to track companies who change their design often, like fashion houses or tech companies.

Creating a collection of your competitors enables you to flit between your competitors without opening thirty different tabs. Plus your collections are always growing, so should you find a new competitor you can add that to the collection. Dropmark helps you to automate workflows and keep your eyes on the future.

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What do you track on Dropmark? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram.

How Larssen & Amaral gets things done

Larssen & Amaral is a Norwegian-American design consultancy.

In the last 6 months alone, Larssen & Amaral have won a number of awards from Gullsild, Visulet, the European Design Awards, and ADC. Looking through Larssen & Amaral’s portfolio of work, it’s not hard to see why the awards keep rolling in. At Dropmark HQ we are obsessed with their branding campaign for !Konferansen and the visual identity for MM Café & Bar.

We chatted with Cecilie Larssen Lønning, Founder & Creative Director of Larssen & Amaral, about inspiration, the team’s process, and how they use Dropmark to get things done.

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Can you tell me a little bit about Larssen & Amaral and how you got started?

We’re a strategic design agency located on the west coast of Norway. We develop visual identity systems, digital communication, and experiences for businesses, brands, and products. I co-founded the agency together with my American partner. We met in Bergen and after five years decided to take the leap and start our own business together.

We’re certainly looked at as a bit of an underdog (especially in Norway.) While we’re a small studio, located in a small city on the west coast, we’ve still managed to land clients like the British Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Authority, as well as other national and international clients in our first two years of running the agency.

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How does design fit into Larssen & Amaral’s culture?

Design lies at the heart of everything we do. Whether we’re working on a purely aesthetic solution, or a complex process or customer experience, design always allows us to find new ideas and solutions for our clients.

Design creates a feeling, but also serves as a great (and often underrated) tool for solving the diverse challenges that life throws at us. It creates a holistic approach to branding, which ensures our client’s businesses, services and products are well designed—from how they look and feel in the real and digital world, down to how they communicate and speak to their customers.

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You describe approaching design with a global perspective partnered with Scandinavian principles, how does being based on the west coast of Norway impact your work?

Our studio is a diverse group of designers. Even though we’re based in Norway, we’ve all lived, worked and studied across the globe, from Washington, DC, to Paris and Australia. So our studio has definitely acquired a global perspective in a literal sense—where we pick up cultural and global influences in the way we design.

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In a more figurative way, being based in Norway (which can also be considered an underdog in a global sense), we work hard together with our clients to show that great ideas, products, and design can come from anywhere in the world. While Scandinavian design has been a global export for decades, there’s a lot of new and exciting things happening in various Norwegian design disciplines that have really started to put us on the map as a country. It’s exciting to be part of that wave and momentum.

What role do you think storytelling has in design?

I think design IS storytelling. You see that clients and other traditionally “non-designers” have finally started to see the value in design as a powerful tool for communicating. Visual storytelling these days allows us to simplify complex thought and information into simple and relatable ideas. Whether through illustration and infographics, or photography, animation and film, design drives the story.

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What does your creative process look like?

We’re a collaborative studio, and we’ve all got an individual aesthetic, but we always try to make sure our design work doesn’t just look nice, but also serves a purpose. You could draw a comparison to Scandinavian furniture and architecture—clean and minimal, but always functional. A lot of research and strategy allows us to design with purpose in mind. That’s always great because with a strong concept and clear message, the form of each project can really take it’s own path. From loud and crazy, to clean and subtle.

Over the years we’ve worked at different agencies and with many different clients. But since we’ve started Larssen & Amaral, we see that we’re constantly trying to improve and innovate our creative process and workflows—working quicker and smarter, not harder.

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How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

Dropmark is part of every project we do. Whether gathering visual inspiration for internal brainstorms, or as a tool to moodboard ideas quickly to clients, it allows us to work collaboratively across the whole studio. We also love that we can organise and structure different ideas into stacks within the same collection.

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The ability to download whole collections at the click of a button is key. This comes in handy when sketching on a concept level—where we’ve gathered massive amounts of placeholder photography or illustration than we need to use in design mock-ups for client presentations.

A lot of things can get lost in bookmark folders, or on Pinterest boards. But we feel Dropmark is just easier to manage and organise, especially as a team. We have a lot of project in Dropmark, so the recent project and alphabetical list feature is essential.

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What’s the most interesting thing you Dropmarked lately?

We’re always thinking about how identities can live and interact on digital surfaces. We collect smart, fun, quirky, and sometimes straight-up weird animations in a shared collection for future inspiration. A lot of mesmerising loops!

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See more of Larssen & Amaral’s work at larssenamaral.no & follow them on Facebook, and Instagram.

Now Supporting HEIF Images

Move out of the way JPEGs and say hello to HEIF.

We’ve been using JPEGs for over 25 years, and they’re due for retirement. In that time we’ve gone from VHS to DVDs, from Blue Ray (does anyone still buy those?) to streaming just about anything you’d want.

HEIF is a photo format that Apple debuted to replace JPEG last year. HEIF stands for High-Efficiency Image Format and has the extension ‘.heic’ at the end of your images. HEIF isn’t the most exciting acronym, and is bound to confound the internet with the pronunciation “heef”.

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Although first introduced by Apple with iOS 11 and OS High Sierra, HEIF isn’t an Apple-owned format. In fact, HEIF images are available on Android now too.

You can now upload .heic files to Dropmark on your browser, using Dropmark for Mac, and with our iOS app.

Smaller, better, faster, efficient-er

Storage space is vital, and HEIF files take up 50% less space than JPEGs. That means that your phone can store twice as many photos, and because of the way they are compressed the images will look even better than before. Now you can have twice as many pictures of your dog on your phone. If you say that you don’t want more photos in your pocket of your pets, or kids, I don’t believe you.

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At the moment HIEF images are being transformed into JPEGs when shared via Airdrop, messages, or emails. This is happening because - for the moment at least - JPEGs are more compatible with other devices. If you want to use HEIF images, you currently have to plug your phone in with a USB and ensure you’re transferring the original files.

Now you can upload HEIF files directly to Dropmark using our iOS app and save yourself the hassle of digging out your USB cable.

Dropmark now accepts .heic files, and crucially will display a JPEG preview for any devices that don’t currently support HEIF.

Metadata is powerful

Any photograph that you upload to Dropmark includes embedded metadata embedded, and HEIF files are no different.

To view metadata associated with your photographs go into the item view and click the information icon in the toolbar at the top. If you scroll down the sidebar, you’ll see all sorts of metadata received from the photo’s EXIF (Exchangeable Image File). This metadata includes the date the image was captured, the device it was taken on, and photography information like exposure and aperture.


Here you can also see the geolocation tags that are associated with the image, displayed here on Google Maps. This image of our office dog Cooper was taken at Dropmark HQ, and you can see the exact latitude and longitude that the picture was taken at.

Feeling like your phone is creeping on you? You can turn off geotagging for photos on your iPhone or iPad at any time.

Save tutorials to Dropmark & rule the world

On Dropmark you can create a video library for work or leisure. We’ve explored how to make a creative database for work, so today we’re showing you how creating a collection of video tutorials can help you master your newest hobby.

There are a wealth of video tutorials online showing you how to hang curtains or how to make a burger like Gordon Ramsay. Saving useful tutorials in one place can help you achieve long-term goals like mastering the guitar, or improving your prosthetic make-up game.

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Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google? In fact, YouTube is more significant than Bing, Yahoo, AOL, and Ask combined. YouTube is full of in-depth tutorials, from real people.

They say an image is worth a thousand words; I’d argue that a video is worth ten thousand. Video tutorials can demonstrate practical skills in an intuitive way that pictures alone can’t. There’s got to be a reason why this channel of IKEA furniture assembly videos has so many views (although, the fact he calls himself ‘IKEA Hunk’ might have something to go with it).

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I am obsessed with embroidery. When I was learning how to embroider, there was a pretty steep learning curve, like learning any new skill. There was so much that I didn’t understand. Did I need a hoop? What was a stabilizer? Did I even need it? What kind of thread should I use? When I discovered this embroidery video, everything became clearer. The video was able to show me in realtime how to set my hoop up and demonstrated the seven basic embroidery stitches. Being able to watch someone tackle real projects with their hands made much more sense than reading blog posts alone.

There are over 100 different embroidery stitches. Now, whenever I’m unfamiliar with a stitch, I take to the YouTube to discover how to replicate it. Saving these videos to Dropmark means I can reference these videos for as long as I need to.

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I created this video library just for me, but it’s proving helpful for other newbies too. I often share the work I’m making on Instagram, and love chatting with other embroidery enthusiasts. Sometimes, I get questions from other newbies who want to learn, and I’ve started sharing my video collection with them. See more about sharing your Dropmark collections.

YouTube is teeming with tutorials: you can learn how to tile, to code, or knit. You could even use a video library as a way of sending tutorials or exercises to your students. See more about how to use Dropmark with your students.

Do you have a tutorial library on Dropmark? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram.