Graphic designers already have a lot on their plate. Since the term was coined in 1922, those spearheading the graphic design field have been required to create all different types of files. These files must meet two very specific needs: what will be visually attractive to consumers and what platform is needed to produce this content.
In order to keep up with the second need, graphic designers must keep up with advancing technology. Since the tail end of the twentieth century, technological advancement has rapidly accelerated. Because of this, graphic design in the ’90s and early 2000s looks different than it does in 2019.
This technology has evolved to become quicker, sleeker, and more user-friendly. But with this comes a few caveats, including a major one: efficiently storing large-scale files.
In this article, you will learn how to send large files as a graphic designer. In order to get there, we will first discuss:
- Storing files for yourself
- Sending and sharing large files on Dropbox
Soon enough, you and your fellow graphic designers will be sharing large-scale files like a pro. By doing so, you or your team will be able to keep up with the instantaneousness of content collaboration.
Creation platforms take up a lot of space on your computer, and that’s not even counting all of the additional projects you create.
Creation platforms and storage
If you’re new to the graphic design game, you may not yet be thinking about all of the stuff you’re putting on your hard drive. Installing each type of design software takes up precious space on your hard drive. But as a growing designer—you’re probably not even worried about running out of storage space.
As you continue to create a variety of projects throughout your career, you will only be taking up more and more of your hard drive storage space. In addition to downloading more creation platforms, you’re going to make large-scale files using design software that takes up even more space on your computer. As long as you continue your career as a graphic designer—and stay with the same computer—your available storage space will continue to dwindle.
Fortunately, Dropbox has created an easy to use cloud space for all kinds of creators. Whatever file you have created using computer-aided design (CAD) software, the cloud is the perfect place to store it without taking up extra hard drive space that should be saved for downloading more creation softwares.
By using the Dropbox cloud, graphic designers can safely store any CAD file they create (in addition to other types of files, such as PowerPoint presentations and PDFs). You can access these files on all of your devices at any time you want. Dropbox can be used on Windows and Mac, in addition to mobile apps available with iOS or Android (not to mention on your internet browser of choice).
Depending on where you’re at in your career, you may need more cloud space then a budding designer with a smaller portfolio of projects. Dropbox caters to designers at any stage in their career, offering a variety of different cloud storage packages.
Dropbox also makes sure your files are super secure. Each file gets multiple backups when using Dropbox. Additionally, any file can be wiped on a certain device when one of them is lost or stolen. Instead of wiping your entire cloud storage, remote wipe allows you to delete a Dropbox folder that signifies a specific device.
For even more safety, Dropbox has an easy to use file-recovery program for anything you may have accidentally deleted. File copies are available on your cloud for up to 120 days with easy recovery options.
It is clear that Dropbox is an effective way to store your own files as a graphic designer. But what happens when you inevitably have to share your files with another person?
Dropbox makes sending and sharing large files quick and easy, saving you time and energy that can be used to create something awesome.
Sending and sharing large files
After you have uploaded your own files to the cloud, sharing files with coworkers or clients is now super easy.
Gone are the days of huge emails with a bundle of large files. Not only does it take forever to upload large files into an email, it takes even longer for the recipient of the email to open the files enclosed. Furthermore, actually sending that email takes an eternity. You may have encountered a situation where you had to send an email multiple times in hopes of sending it faster, or where a single email wasn’t big enough to share all of your files. To avoid unnecessary embarrassment of waiting for a file sent via email, graphic designers and their clientele can now rely on the cloud.
Any kind of file can be sent to any kind of device when it is uploaded to the cloud. All you need to do is make a link for the file or folder you want to share, then send that link to your desired recipient via text, email, chat, or directly from Dropbox. Even if your intended audience doesn’t have a Dropbox account, they can still access the file via the link.
If you’re trying to share an entire graphic design project or a series of projects with a client, Dropbox Showcase is the perfect way for you to do so. This platform does not use additional Dropbox storage space, but allows you to guide a client through exactly the work you’re doing for them, and the steps you took to achieve an awesome end result.
Use Dropbox to help deal with some of tedious work you encounter as a graphic designer.
You’re doing some excellent work as a graphic designer for a variety of different clients. Why be weighed down with the stress of sending and storing files on your computer, when that energy could be spent into crafting more stellar work?
This is a sponsored post for Dropbox. All opinions are my own. Dropbox is not affiliated with nor endorses any other products or services mentioned.