Plan your next road trip with Dropmark

You can use Dropmark to plan anything; from photoshoots, to home renovation. We’ve even known people use Dropmark to plan their wedding.

I’m planning a road trip, and I’ve been mapping out where we are going to be sleeping, eating, dancing, and driving on Dropmark.


Dropmark supports all sorts of content. From bookmarked websites to Google maps, and the best Spotify playlists. So I can save everything in one place, from spots for hiking to tasty taco stops to refuel, all along our route.

With our location metadata feature, you can add a location tag to anything in Dropmark. Should you stumble upon the most amazing scenery (or doughnuts, we won’t judge) you can save the location directly in Dropmark. Once you add a location tag to an item, Dropmark will show a handy map in the info bar for you and your collaborators. A full Google Map is just a click away, so you can always find your way.


To get started I saved all the places we will be staying in my ‘Road Trip’ collection, including this treehouse in Nashville. I also created stacks of places to eat and things to do in each city.


Having Dropmark available on the go is a game changer for me. When chatting about our upcoming road trip, someone always mentions a place or restaurant we needed to visit. Before using Dropmark, I would save the name of the place to my iPhone notes, which never see the light of day. When I did remember to check the notes, I’d have spelled the name wrong. Now I can pull up the restaurant’s website and save it directly to Dropmark on my phone. Simple.

I’m no longer jealous of people posting online about all the fun they’re having at SXSW. Instead, I’m stalking their updates to see if anything lives up to the hype of Franklin Barbecue.


With Dropmark’s collaboration features, my husband can add all the breweries he likes to the collection. The only problem is going to be how many we can go to on our days off from driving before we can no longer walk.

Planning a trip like this for me is half the fun. I love finding all the best bookstores, coffee shops, and must-do Americana to squeeze into a road trip. Dropmark provides a great place to store these ideas.


Another big plus for me is that after the road trip I can keep the best spots in a collection. Then anytime anyone mentions Memphis I can send them a link to all the things that we loved from our trip. It’s great to read travel blogs, but a recommendation from a friend is always going to win.

Now I’m itching to start a Dropmark collection of my favorite New York spots that I can send to visitors. With Dropmark’s tags and descriptions, it’ll be easy for friends to navigate through my tips. Rather than sending a rambling email detailing where they should go, they can type ‘fried chicken’ into the Dropmark collection and then both Buttermilk Channel and Sweet Chick will appear. Then they can try to choose between the two because I sure can’t.


Do you use Dropmark to plan your vacations? Or to save your favorite local spots? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram.

How Tim Lampe gets things done

Tim Lampe’s playful style elevates everyday stories to an imaginative level.

Tim describes himself as a casual professional specializing in art direction. He’s created magic for brands including MailChimp, Slack, Samsung, Netflix, and Target. In 2015 he started Future Photomakers, a photo camp for public school kids, and launched creative production house Very Clever. Tim’s based in biscuit-loving Atlanta and is one of our favorite people to follow on Instagram.

We chatted with Tim to talk about inspiration, his creative process, and how he uses Dropmark to get things done.

Image of model staring through eyeglasses made of crystals

What inspires you?

Artists who have been able to find their unique voice or turn their experience into art. Artists who work well in different mediums, and it still feels part of their catalog. Artists who can incorporate humor into their work. Artists who can create a vast, breathable, world of their own.

Death features a lot of the work I do; I’m interested in how absurd social fame can be in the grand scheme of life. I’m inspired by artists who can play with mortality without making life feel hopeless. Every day I make an omelet for breakfast. If I think about the life ahead of me, it means I have about 15,000 breakfast omelets left until I die. That’s the most optimistic thing I remind myself every day.

Image of fortune cookie with the fortune: delete your account

How did you get to where you are today?

…I’ve been off on a lot of tangents, but the overarching goal has been to find the work that is the most me.

I worked for a few years inside the CNN digital team. There I took on an extra responsibility of curating photos and stories from producers and reporters on the CNN Instagram account, back when it was dormant. I treated it as a brand ambassador for CNN, not a promo for on-air content. It caught on, and over the next 11 months, I took the account over 230,000 followers.

While at CNN, I partnered with Oakland based VSCO and created some original stories presented on Instagram. Telling stories of Hurricane Sandy a year later was my first time with an editorial voice, telling other people’s stories. It invigorated me, and I set out over the next year to develop my voice. I knew it wasn’t news-based editorial focused, but that felt like the start of something.

Image of ice cream sandwich next to a newspaper with the headline 'Sammies are back'

To find my voice, I embarked on a personal project involving Ice Cream Sandwiches. I developed a studio photography style and made newsprint promo pieces.

…The more personal it got, the more at home I felt.

I created brand marketing for MailChimp, and then had the chance to take my partnership with VSCO further by creating a photo program for kids benefiting the arts in Atlanta called Future Photomakers. It put together everything I had done in my career so far. We put on an art show for the kids that raised money for their school. Since then, I’ve embraced projects that allow me to do photo direction or lead internal brand projects.

Image of kids in Future Photomakers

Is there a particular project that you’re most excited about right now?

I’m deep in the most ambitious project I’ve ever embarked on. Making a print journal involving satirical writing, photography, and illustration. One skill I’ve tried to refine is my writing voice, and last year I wrote over 200 pieces. 15 of those ended up in this journal.

Image of Morgenmete journal

The print journal is titled ‘Morgenmete’, an old English word for ‘Morning Meal’. Allowing this journal to play-up curated culture mags like Kinfolk and Cereal Mag.

I asked some of my favorite writers and artists to contribute to Morgenmete. After a long year working on the first issue, it’s ready to go out in the world. I designed the layout, art directed the feature photography shoots, and will be featuring the written pieces of which I’m proudest. It’s a product I’ve wanted to exist in the world just for my own interests, and I hope it resonates with others.

Image of Morgenmete journal

What does your creative process look like?

Each project has a different process, whether it be for a client or personal work, but generally I love to start by writing about it. If there are goals and a clear brief attached, it makes it easier to start.

Image collage of Tim Lampe's work

I write about what I’m hoping to achieve with the project, what’s the story and where are the areas I can push this further than I think. I like to get to a few words that describe the project, or the feeling you want to create.

It’s nice to have a document to consistently come back to as a guide, no matter what that looks like. If it’s a creative concept photo shoot, I love to write a treatment or a story about what the series of photos can convey.

Image of model sitting in a bath of waffles

I consistently contribute to a monthly document of stupid ideas, so I have a bank of ideas and places to start. Sometimes one of those noodles of an idea works as a starting place for a story I’m looking to tell with a personal project or client project. After the ideation stage, I gather inspiration and storyboard, build out a timeline and resources I’ll need.

…When I’m creating work, it’s a messy process of problem-solving, compromises, and trying to find areas to explore my style in the final execution.

I often find myself editing while I’m creating, and have to be mindful to separate the editing process from creating freely.

Illustration by Tim Lampe of happy smiley faces

How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

It’s used throughout my process and has become an essential tool for what I do. It’s the best place for me to compile inspiration, or put together various mood boards for clients.

For brand identity work, I can present separate mood boards in stacks to the client for different concepts. For photo direction work, I can have separate boards of looks for set design, hair/makeup, and styling. For working with internal brand teams, I can start boards for projects and open it up to their team to add their own inspirations too. When I’m looking for client feedback on photo work, I can upload selects and share with them, and then they can annotate on them.

Collage of Tim Lampe's work including a fanny pack full of ice cream sandwiches

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve Dropmarked lately?

A little while back I took a class with Andy J Miller, who records the Creative Pep Talk podcast. He had us put together boards for the following areas: Perfect work, Personal Brand, Personal Aesthetic, and Content. I go back and update these regularly, and my favorite is a set of images that I feel express my “personal brand”. It’s a mix of screenshots and memes that sum up my personal brand:

See more of Tim’s work at and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Dribbble.

How Morgan T. Stuart gets things done

Morgan Stuart is a multi-faceted creative living in Brooklyn. A former fashion industry Creative Director and Buyer, now Creative Director at Posture Magazine: queer-run art, fashion and culture platform, currently working on their fifth print issue.

Morgan is also a creative freelancer with a focus on photography, production, and creative direction.

We chatted with Morgan about inspiration, her creative process, and how she uses Dropmark to get things done.

Image of Sarah Abney & Mischa G. Left: Creative Director (Mischa G.) Right: Creative Director & Photograhper (Sarah Abney)

What inspires you?

So many things — where to even begin? Clowns, punks, plastic, the terrible pee garbage smell of summer in New York City — I could go on forever.

I love things that people consider extreme, appalling, or ugly. It evokes such a thrilling reaction inside of me. I’m not very inspired by traditional, commercial standards of beauty.

My favorite thing to do is to take these extreme, appalling, or ugly inspirations and package it up in a presentation that appears soft, colorful, and beautiful at first glance. By the time you take your second look, you see these bizarre situations of non-conformity.

…It’s like putting a beautiful bow on a middle finger. I love it.

Image of Felicity Hayward Photographer & Creative Director (Felicity Hayward and Matt W.)

How did you get to where you are today?

With great guidance from wonderful people and by pushing myself to be always one step ahead. I’m a queer woman working in an industry predominantly run by men, so I’ve had to be assertive to maintain certain levels of leadership and respect (an unfortunate ‘norm’ that is finally changing).

Image of Naobie De Kok Photographer & Creative Director (Naobie De Kok)

…I don’t have formal education in photography or creative direction. I think for creatives, most of it has to be intuitive, but I’ve spent a lot of time teaching myself the technical aspects of these jobs and apprenticed whenever the opportunity arose.

I always pay attention to how each crew member does their job because there’s still something new to learn, no matter your experience level.

Images of Xhosa for Glassbook Mag Photographer & Creative Director (Xhosa for Glassbook Mag)

Is there a particular project that you’re most excited about right now?

Posture Magazine is gearing up to plan the details if the next print issue. The print issues are so beautifully done, and each issue has its own unique artistic layout, making it a collector’s item.

I can’t say too much more right now, but we’re very excited to announce the theme soon. Keep up with @posturemag on Instagram to find out!

Image of Posture Mag featuring Rose McGowan Photographer & Creative Director (Rose McGowan for Posture Mag)

You have so many creative projects, what does your creative process look like?

It’s a sudden, passionate process. It just depends on where I am, who I’m talking to, and what’s going on. I’m the type to be suddenly inspired by everything off the cuff — then I get very excited and write everything down, even if it’s nonsense. I then walk away and reset. Then I can approach my idea with a cool head and spend the time making sense of my thoughts, so I can create a well thought out concept for whatever the project may be.

Gif of Mischa G. Photographer & Creative Director (Mischa G.)

How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

Dropmark, I’m obsessed with you. Really. I’m detail oriented so it’s exciting to have a place where I can dump a bevy of images, that I may not necessarily have an immediate use for, into folders and stacks and then tag with keywords. Then when I’m ready to make a new mood board to convey a new concept, I can type in keywords that may apply and rediscover images that are now suddenly relevant to what I’m working on.

Images of Pandemonia Photographer & Creative Director (Pandemonia)

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve Dropmarked lately?

Some amazing nail art by Mei Kawajiri that’s inspired by packaged raw meat at the grocery store:

See more of Morgan’s work at and follow her on Instagram.

How Nidia Dias gets things done

Nidia Dias is a freelance Art Director and Designer currently based in Toronto.

Nidia has worked with studios including Analog, Tendril, and FutureDeluxe and partnered with clients including Adidas, DeBeers, Red Bull, Nike and Bacardi to name a few.

Nidia mainly focuses on style frames and visual development for motion, but she also illustrates and works on side projects to keep her creativity stimulated. Before moving to Canada, Nidia has lived all over Europe including Portugal, London, and Sweden. Nidia’s list of favorite things includes geometry, the form of shadows and light, drinking hot chocolate, and pretending to know how to play the guitar.

We chatted with Nidia to talk about inspiration, her creative process, and how she uses Dropmark to get things done.


Inspiration can be elusive sometimes, what inspires you?

Other creative people, nature, and different cultures. I always seem to get super inspired when I’m either surrounded by nature or exploring a different country or culture.


How did you get to where you are today?

I’m from a small city in Portugal, and growing up there weren’t many people talking about design or arts in general as this was seen as a hobby rather than a future job. That took a bit of a toll on me, and instead of pursuing arts in high school I ended up studying more sciences and other subjects which lead me to the first year in engineering.

At the same time, I started dabbling a bit in web design, mainly some tests to explore the form, but I also created some fan sites for bands. As I dived into the design of these websites I discovered Photoshop, and it was love at first sight.

I quickly realized my mistake and changed to study design. From then onwards was a mix of experiments, explorations and collaborating with a lot of cool people and companies that taught me what I know today.

Video: Nidia Dias’ Design Reel 2017. Whatever you do, don’t blink.

Is there a particular project that you’re most egg-cited about right now?

I recently finished a personal project entitled ‘The Egg Series’, and it just felt so good to do something for myself for a change rather than for a client, that I’m now starting another personal project. It keeps me sane and creative and allows me to explore different techniques and looks.


‘The Egg Series’ highlights an everyday food item we normally crack open without a second thought and places it center stage. One of the posters was inspired by Dali’s surreal piece: The Persistence of Memory, but instead of a clock is a fried egg with oozing yolk simulating the clock hands. Another is a fun take on egg-shaped kitchen timers, where a timer has snuck into the egg carton and is an imposter in their own ‘house’. Another is inspired by the makings of pasta, eggs and flour, but presented like an erupting volcano.


What does your creative process look like?

I usually like to start by searching what has been done before, if it is something for a client, I like to understand how they brand themselves and what they have done in the past.


…This allows me to create a different path, a different story in hope to make the brand stand out but still be true to their core values.

From there I gather some references and start exploring some concepts. I’m not so great at drawing, so I often dive in right into the computer.


How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

I use Dropmark for every project I do, commercial or personal. I always gather a lot of references that I can have easily accessible through the concept / style frame phase. I love that I can stack and tag images - keeps things tidy and organized. On top of that, I love that I can also write down ideas, I found that to be missing in a lot of tools out there, and for me it’s essential.

I also use Dropmark to “collect” my own projects. Some never see the light of day, but having them on a collection is like going down memory lane.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve Dropmarked lately?

I’ve always been fascinated by the refractions created when looking through different types of glass and how light reacts through them and found it really interesting the Rainbow Church project by Tokujin Yoshioka, so I ended up creating a collection around that.

See more of Nidia’s work at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Behance.

Schedule your social media posts with Buffer and Dropmark

We recently took Buffer for a spin and found a great way to integrate Dropmark collections.

Buffer is a social media management tool that’s been around since 2010. If you’re like us sometimes 🔥 tweet inspiration can hit at any time, and sometimes it takes a little more brain power. That’s why Buffer is great, you can set up posts in advance and if inspiration strikes you can push everything else down a time slot with one click.

We’ve been playing around with their content inbox feature where you can add feeds from your favorite websites, which pulls content that you may want to use for your posts. It’s pretty nifty.

What’s even better is you can add your Dropmark collection’s feed here too. So it’ll populate whatever you’ve saved to your collection, making it easy to tweet or post about whatever you have Dropmarked lately.

The content inbox works best with bookmarked items. If you have items which you have uploaded to Dropmark that you want to share, simply set your collection privacy to either ‘anyone with link’ or ‘everyone’.

Here’s how to add a Dropmark collection to your Buffer:

Step one

Go to your Dropmark collection and click on the Settings icon in the top right hand corner. Click on the Advanced Settings tab, then left click on the RSS button and copy the RSS link.

Step two

Go to your Buffer page and click on the Content Inbox tab. Paste the link in the box here and a drop down will then show the title of your collection. Click on the title and then your feed is successfully synced. 💥

Step three

You can now tweet easily from this collection to your heart’s content! Simply click on the Add button next to any item to bring up the textbox to compose or edit your posts before they go out into the world.

Introducing Dropmark for iOS

It’s finally here! Our team has been hard at work on our iOS app over the past year, and we’re proud to announce it’s available for download in the App Store for iPad and iPhone today.

We first launched Dropmark six years ago, and we’ve been eager to bring it to iOS for a while now. With today’s launch of iOS 11, the timing couldn’t be better. Dropmark for iOS makes heavy use of new features available in iOS 11, including drag and drop — something that’s been core to the Dropmark experience over these six years. You might even say it’s our OS soulmate.

There’s a lot to show you, but here’s a quick overview of our ten favorite features in Dropmark for iOS:


Now you can stay up to date with your team and collaborators on the go. The activity feed gives you a consolidated view of all uploaded content, and a quick way to leave comments and reactions.


This is what we’ve been waiting for! Swipe open your favorite app in split view and drag content right into Dropmark. Perfect for sharing photos and bookmarking content from the web in Safari. Requires a multitask-supported iPad running iOS 11.


In addition to dragging content to Dropmark, you can drag from Dropmark to your favorite apps. Drag photos and links to Messages, Mail, Notes, and anywhere else you need them. Grab multiple items too! Once you’ve picked up the first, tap other items to add to your pile.

Share extension

Enable the share extension to send files and bookmarks to Dropmark from your favorite apps, including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud, and most other modern apps. Dropmark supports just about anything you can throw at it (if you find something it doesn’t support, let us know!).

Add anything

Add text notes, links, photos and videos from your camera roll, and files from supported apps like iCloud, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox. Collect and organize everything in one simple place.

Bulk actions

Long press an item in Dropmark to enable bulk actions. Quickly tap additional items to add to your selection, then tap the ... icon in the top right to choose an action: Stack, Tag, Move, Copy, or Delete (stacks and tags are available to Pro and Team subscribers).

Simple presentations

Combine text, bookmarks, images, and videos to create simple and seamless slideshows with any type of content. Scroll through fully interactive websites, play videos, zoom into photos, and more. Pairs perfectly with AirPlay Mirroring, so you can finally leave PowerPoint behind.

Invite collaborators

Share collections with your team and collaborate together. Whether your squad is all in the same room or spread across the globe, everyone can upload images, share screenshots, write text, bookmark websites, post documents, and keep everything searchable, all in one place.


When collections grow in size, stacks are an ideal way to keep everything organized into tidy subgroups. Create stacks by topic, project, location, or use it to round up your favorites. Seamlessly drag and drop items to stacks and keep everything handy. Stacks are available to Pro and Team subscribers.

Comments and reactions

From design reviews to client feedback, comments are a simple and productive way to have discussions around your most important items. Target your feedback using @mentions and use reactions for a quick way to mark favorites or show appreciation for a teammate’s hard work. Comments and reactions are available to Pro and Team subscribers.


There is much more to explore in the app, including search and #tags. Download the app and get started today for free.