And once I’m in the office, if I’m not talking to someone or in a meeting, I’m most likely listening to something while working. Music fuels my creative process and I can’t work without it. I’m listening to music now as I type this post. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an Associate Creative Director on the Brand team. I lead a small team of amazing interactive designers focused on Dropbox.com.

At Dropbox, we build products that help remove the blockers of collaboration and coordination so you can get work done. So we wanted to create themed playlists just for those moments when you need to be productive or inspired. Each month we’ll put up three playlists based on the themes of Focus, Flow, and Creative Energy.

Flow

Artwork by Justin Tran

Never distracting, but never dull. This lively playlist spans a variety of genres old and new — from the incredibly smooth track “Hands” by Octavian to the folky soulful sounds of Micheal Nau’s “When.” Sure to keep your mind moving while you flow through the day’s work.

Spotify | Tidal | Apple Music

Focus

Artwork by Justin Tran

When the job is difficult, and the to-do list deep, it’s time for Focus. This is a subdued mix, broken up sparingly with restrained vocals. The perfect sound bed for paying serious attention.

Spotify | Tidal | Apple Music

Creative Energy

Artwork by Justin Tran

When you need to unleash your best ideas in a brainstorm or tap into your inner artist, Creative Energy’s got you covered. This compilation includes cuts from artists like The Japanese House and Glen Campbell. Guaranteed to keep you inspired while you transform problems into creative solutions.

Spotify | Tidal | Apple Music

The artwork

No playlist is complete without some cover art to go along with it. Each month will feature art from a different creative with their own take on each playlist theme. The format is pretty open and we’re excited to see what’s expressed each month through illustration and photography. This month was designed by our very own Justin Tran.

Fun fact: Justin sketched this month’s artwork on his iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using Procreate. We also collected inspiration and reviewed the artwork using Dropbox Paper, and the process couldn’t have gone any smoother. If you haven’t used Paper yet to collaborate with someone, we highly recommend it.

Let us know what you think We’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below letting us know if these playlists have helped inspire your workflow. Post the music you love to work to. And if anyone has read any interesting articles on the science behind sound and concentration, please feel free to share so we can make these even better month by month.

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