Get a free pair of Dropmark socks

We love you. You love Dropmark. Help spread the word, and get a free pair of Dropmark socks!

Today is National Customer Appreciation Day — everyone’s favorite (totally real) holiday. We wanted to show you how excited we get whenever you share Dropmark with friends, family, and strangers on the internet.

All you have to do is share Dropmark with five people, and we’ll send you a pair of socks for free! The socks are cute as heck, 100% cotton, made in the USA, and available to ship worldwide.

These socks were specially made for the launch of Dropmark’s new look, and we only have a limited quantity — so don’t drag your feet.

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Exciting things are afoot

Get off on the right foot and by sharing your referral link today. You can share your referral link across the internet, on a postcard, or whisper into the wind. We’re not sure how successful the last one will be, but do whatever you think is best.

Your unique referral link can be the found in the sidebar of your Account page. It’ll look like this: http://dropmark.com/?ref=username

Once five of your friends have signed up for Dropmark we will send you a free pair of Dropmark socks. All you have to do is share your referral link and put your feet up.

We will email you to let you know when you’ve hit the magic number and ask you for your mailing address. This offer is open worldwide, so you can share Dropmark with anyone no matter where they live.

Our referral program also allows you to get additional storage for free if anyone you refer decides to upgrade to one of our paid Solo plans.

Free users: Earn 5GB free storage space for each Solo account you refer.

Solo users: 10GB free storage space for each Solo account you refer.

Your friend will also receive the same amount of additional storage for free — so everybody wins!

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Put your best foot forward

For more information on our referral program please see our support site.

New look, same great Dropmark

Today we are launching a brand new look for Dropmark. Still the same great app you use across web, Mac, and iOS, but with a more human focus.

Dropmark allows you to collect, organize, and discuss anything online. To us, this means any skill, any interest, any individual, and any team can use Dropmark. We wanted to make that clear in our redesign.

Whether you’re gathering inspiration, sharing designs with clients, or collaborating with your team; Dropmark is a tool that will help you get stuff done. But crucially, the hard work is done by our users, Dropmark is just the platform. We wanted to put our users in the picture.

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Dropmark has a diverse user base — from Norwegian graphic designers to global book editors. Our goal was to represent our users while communicating a clear design direction. People upload their whole workflow to Dropmark. Everything from napkin sketches to After Effects renders — and of course GIFs. Making it clear that Dropmark is a place for all these different elements was an exciting challenge.

We began by thinking about the range of content uploaded to Dropmark as building blocks. Seeing images, maps, videos, and links all in one place on the screen; in contrast to bookmarks and scraps of paper in the physical world. These elements evolved to create an illustrated three-dimensional paper folded universe. A place where people are inspired to build, collaborate, and grow.

Collaboration and privacy are at the very core of Dropmark’s mission, so the new imagery shows users interacting with Dropmark alone and with their team. Our new site also highlights more of the real teams using Dropmark at companies across the globe.

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Photo: Meg Lewis

You’ll also notice a change in our typeface. As Dropmark continues to grow internationally, we want to support more languages. In the development of our iOS app, we found our old font had issues rendering non-Latin characters. So, we set out to find a font that would be able to handle localization while retaining our high typographic standards.

After an exhaustive search, we found that FF Real by Erik Spiekermann was the font of our dreams. Not only a great solution in-app, it felt right to incorporate the font into our logo during the redesign. The heavier weight helped ground the logo and allowed for more visual variation. We also chose to capitalize the ‘D’ in the logo. This was important for us because we wanted to elevate our brand a little bit and shrug off the awkward teenage headgear.

Finally, we’ve tweaked the names of our pricing plans to better differentiate our offerings. Solo (previously Pro) is perfect for freelancers or anyone looking to improve their flow and work with individuals. Teams are designed with groups in mind and give you access to all the collaboration tools you could need. Enterprise is ideal for companies and can be reconfigured to perfectly fit any organization.

Visual organization is in our DNA. When approaching our redesign, it was essential for us to keep the essence of Dropmark. It’s important to us that no matter what you do, you can see that Dropmark is a place for you.


Shout-out to the whole team at Oak Studios for their hard work, and to our friends and collaborators: Kelli Anderson, Meg Lewis, Hayelin Choi, and Frank Chimero.

Closing the feedback loop

Dropmark is designed to gather clients, coworkers, and co-conspirators in one place so you can get the feedback you need to make magic.

You can like items or collaborate on collections for a lighter touch, or delve into the details using comments, annotations, and our Slack integration.

Get a consensus

Click the heart icon to show your collaborators that you like something. Liking items on Dropmark is surprisingly powerful because you can sort your collections by the number of likes each item has. This can be invaluable when viewing a large number of images - like a contact sheet from a photoshoot. Sort by most popular to gain a consensus without having to get involved with polls or email ping-pong.

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Collaborate better

Collecting all your inspiration in one place is a super way to kick off a project. Dropmark helps you to generate beautiful mood boards where videos, images, and links can all live harmoniously in one place.

Adding collaborators to your collection allows everyone to add their inspiration too. By encouraging collaborators to upload their vision, you can get to the heart of the project and make sure everyone is on the same page.

Dig into the details

Stop giving feedback like ‘You’re the best’ and ‘OMG I love this’. While these reactions are lovely to receive, they’re not constructive for your personal growth or your wider team. Giving specific feedback allows others to understand what you love in particular - is it the color palette, the word choice, or the font? Being clear about your thoughts makes you more aware of your own response, as well as giving clarity to your teammates.

Being precise is excellent when giving praise, but it’s priceless when giving criticism. Critique is an essential part of every project but can be perilous if you’re not dedicating enough time to it, and using Dropmark can help that.



Use comments to keep conversations centralized on the item at hand, instead of diverting in other directions. Dropmark’s annotation function allows you to get into the nitty-gritty of what is or isn’t working. Annotations can be added using your cursor to draw, highlight, or point with the arrow tool to target precisely what needs to be improved.

Stay in sync

On our Teams plan, you can integrate collections with Slack channels. Helping you keep in sync with everything that’s being discussed, without having to break your stride in Slack.

Whenever a new comment or item is uploaded, you’ll get a notification in the Slack channel of your choosing. Perfect for managers to use privately, or add to group channels and keep everyone in the loop.

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Want more highlights on how to use Dropmark to close the feedback loop? Read our blog post on three different ways to use Dropmark with clients.

How Tattly gets things done

In 2011, Tina Roth Eisenberg decided to stop getting annoyed by the ugly temporary tattoos her daughter loved and take matters into her own hands.

Tattly make fake tattoos designed by real artists. Tattly’s artists include lettering genius Jen Mussari, picture book aficionado Oliver Jeffers, doodler Jon Burgerman, and stationary dream Rifle Paper Co.

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You can make custom temporary tattoos with Tattly, perfect for a conference, wedding, or even your son’s 7th birthday. One of our favorite custom creation is this sheet of the Tattly team’s faces to celebrate April Fool’s Day.

We chatted with Elisabeth Morgan, Tattly’s Social Media and Marketing Manager, about inspiration, Tattly’s process, and how they use Dropmark to get things done.

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How do you work with real artists to create fake tattoos?

Our founder, Tina and our creative team keep an eye out for new artists all the time on social media and out and about in the world. We license their artwork and make it into high-quality temporary tattoos made in the US, and the artists get a generous cut of every sale. Last year we passed the $1million mark in royalties!

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How does design fit into Tattly’s culture?

We believe good design makes people happy. Most of our team comes from a design or artistic background, and design is central to everything we create. We want everything to be delightful.

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Tattly’s are sold in over 40 countries(!) – how does Brooklyn inspire your team?

Most obviously, it’s the number of artists and designers living so close that are an inspiration to our team and our collections. On a more subtle level, we’re always inspired by the level of activism and community participation that surrounds us.

We love when people come by our headquarters to pick up Tattly that they’re going to wear for a parade for Pride or the Women’s March. And it’s been an honor to be a part of some very quintessentially New York events: we’ve brought Tattly to everything from Time Out’s Battle of the Burger to Christie’s Old Masters Week.

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How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

As a social media manager, I often use Dropmark to save posts that have particularly resonated with our audience. It’s great to be able to see all the popular ones together so we can see if any patterns show up, like color palettes or specific designs.

I also use it to share stats with my team, who are super visual learners. Instead of handing them a spreadsheet of engagement rates, reach, and impressions, I’ll Dropmark the posts that I’m analyzing them and organize them into boards in a particular order to communicate their effectiveness. I like to link back to the original social post, so it’s easy for everyone to click into whatever platform it comes from to get more context into what else we were sharing that week.

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

We recently Dropmarked submissions for a collaboration we’re doing with Society6! We asked some of their artists to create custom temporary “Flash Sheets” for us that we’re going to make into Tattly. We had a TON of original submissions flow in that were so fun to sort through. We Dropmarked our final choices to see how they would come together as a collection.

See more about Tattly at tattly.com and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Three ways you can use Dropmark with clients

Working with clients on Dropmark can streamline your process, so you can stop playing email ping pong or renaming files ‘final_finalist_final_ever’.

We’ve made it easy to use Dropmark with clients. In fact, there are three different ways that you can use Dropmark to optimize your workflow with clients.

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One: Add clients as collaborators

You can add a collaborator to any of your Dropmark collections for free.

Collaborators will have all the same privileges as the owner of the collection. This means that collaborators can view the collection and add new items. If a Solo user owns the collection, all collaborators can use Dropmark’s Solo features. This way collaborators can add comments, stacks, and new items.

Comments can make getting feedback back quick and straightforward. Also, you can also use annotations to dig into the detail of what is and what isn’t working.

You can annotate images on Dropmark & speed up getting feedback from clients.
To add a collaborator open up the collection’s settings. You can do this by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner. Click on the ‘Collaborators’ tab to manage existing collaborators or invite new people to collaborate. To invite a new collaborator type in their email address and Dropmark will then send them an invitation to view the collection.


To add comments and new items to the collection your client will need to create a Dropmark account. Don’t fear; they can stick to our free Lite accounts and still access Solo features on collections that are owned by a Dropmark Solo or Team.

Collaborators have full access to all the collection’s items. This means they can add new items, and they also have the ability to delete items. You might want to consider this before adding collaborators your collections.

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If you’re not quite ready to give your client the reigns, you can always send them a link to view the collection. This means that they can see the collection, but not make any edits.

Using read-only links can be a great way to share information with a select group of people, or send mood boards that clients can explore at their own pace.

By default all Dropmark collections are private. If you want to share a link with a client, you need to change your privacy settings. Start by opening the collection’s settings by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner. Select ‘anyone with link’ to allow individuals with the direct link to see the collection.


Now you can send the link to your client. You can copy the URL from your browser, or you can click over to the ‘Advanced’ tab in your collection’s settings for a cleaner short link.

Three: Make a Dropmark Team

A Dropmark Team gives you private space to collaborate online. Dropmark Teams are ideal for working with a group of people over an extended period. You can add the whole team to a collection with one click, or collaborate with different segments of the group on each collection.

Dropmark Teams make big projects easier to manage because you can focus on individual elements in separate collections. For example, you could have a collection for social media, another for design updates, and another for future plans. See more about Dropmark teams.

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Dropmark is flexible, clean, and intuitive to use, so clients pick it up effortlessly. Collaboration is at the core of what we do. Every project is different, and every client is different, so we’ve made it easy to collaborate with clients on Dropmark.

How do you use Dropmark with your clients? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram.

How Proof gets things done

Proof is a team of thinkers, designers, developers, and strategists based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Founded in 2010, Proof’s drive is to craft purposeful and passionate brands. They make creating and overhauling brands look easy, when it’s really some of the most challenging work designers can undertake.

We chatted with Matt Cheuvront, Proof’s Founder and CEO, about inspiration, Proof’s process, and how they use Dropmark to get things done.

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Tell us a little about Proof Branding, how did y’all get started?

I opened up the doors at Proof in 2010, shortly after the recession in ‘08. From the beginning, our focus has always been to approach the creative process comprehensively. We believe that any strong brand is greater than the sum of its parts, and is consistent in its delivery, both in how it communicates and aesthetically, across the board.

In the past 9 years, we’ve worked on developing the brand for hundreds of clients, from breweries to Fortune 500s, commercial properties to schools and nonprofits. We love the diversity of the work we do, and it keeps us motivated day to day.

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How does being in Nashville impact your work?

Nashville is a rapidly going, thriving community (and also happens to be my hometown). We’re actively involved with the local creative community, and about 50% of our overall work is here in town, with the rest of our clients in other parts of the country.

Nashville’s design community is collaborative and supportive - there’s very little animosity or direct competition with other firms in town. Everybody “plays nice” and we all understand that there is plenty of work to be had for all of us.

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How does design fit into your Proof’s culture?

Design is at the core of what we do, but most important to us is that the “what” has a clearly defined “why”. Defining the depth of meaning in what we do and what we create differentiates us as a branding firm from your traditional design shop.

Culture is essential being a smaller, more boutique agency, and we’re very transparent with our company’s culture, process, and systems. You can read more about who we are, what we do, how we do it, and why we do it, in our Playbook.

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What inspires your team?

We’re inspired by the world around us, and each other. We play off each other’s strengths, and our creative process is highly collaborative. The entire team participates in design reviews, and everyone has a voice (whether you’re a designer or not).

We’re always focused on being leaders, not followers, from a creative standpoint. We push our clients to think less about what everyone else is doing, and more about what they can be doing best.

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What does your team’s creative process look like?

Our creative process is outlined in detail in our Playbook. While it may not seem entirely unique, we are consistent in going through a regular process, especially in the early stages of a project, every time.

Our initial ‘Understand Your Brand Workshop’ (a 4-8 hour in-person intensive) allows us to clearly define things like brand identity, personality, aesthetic direction, target audience, competitors, and lays the groundwork for the design and development process.

Every team member touches every project we work on in some capacity - a perk of having a team of about 10 people. Plus, the design team has direct contact with the client through meetings, calls, and presentations. I feel it’s vital for the designers on a project to “sell their work” and to be present in client situations to hear things first-hand.

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How does Dropmark fit into your workflow?

Dropmark is an excellent (and super simple) way for our team to capture inspiration they see in the wild. We’re constantly inundated with beautiful, intuitive design - and Dropmark allows us to harness that inspiration and use it in mood-boarding, concepting, and inspiration throughout the projects we work on.

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

We see design continuing to trend in a more straightforward and simpler direction. Less is more. Get to the point. Drive your user to do what you want them to do without obstacles. We’re always on the lookout for ways to deliver strong messages, display beautiful design, and drive users to act in a direct and impactful way. This is reflected in the kinds of things we add to Dropmark most often around here.

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See more of Proof’s work at proofbranding.com and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.