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Dropbox Designer Gets To Fulfill Lifelong Dream

Illustrator & Product Designer at Dropbox | Inside Jobs
Alice Lee always wanted to be a designer, but because she was really bad at drawing she crossed it off her list of career options.

Today Lee is an illustrator and product designer at the cloud-based storage company Dropbox. She got to fulfill her dream when on a hiatus from college in 2011 she interned at Foursquare and got to see what designers do.

She discovered that computer illustration was something she could do, too. And her latent passion took it from there.

Lee works in Illustrator and Photoshop and turns to tbe pinning site Pinterest as a major source of creative inspiration.

Lee likes to spend a few hours in her apartment each morning working and letting the creative juices really flow in a non-stress environment. When she gets to the office, the first half of her day is drawing and executive. The rest of the time is spent brainstorming, getting feedback, and iterating on the story.

"One's environment can really impact the way that you think creatively," she says. "I like being around other people ... bouncing ideas off friends ... Those little micro-interactions are really important."

Watch the video to learn more about Lee's work as an illustrator and product designer at Dropbox.

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The History of Labor Day

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Courtesy U.S. Department of LaborUnion Square, New York City
It is perhaps fitting that the workers who joined for the very first Labor Day holiday in the 19th century had to lose a day's pay to participate. The holiday is a national tribute to the contributions made by workers to build America.

The event was a parade of unions and a picnic on September 5, 1882 in New York City.

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The labor movement was growing at the time. An estimated 10,000 marchers and bands came out to support unions and spent the day picnicking, drinking beer and listening to speeches. At night, there were fireworks and dancing.

Originally it was a state celebration, with New York, New Jersey and Colorado among the first states to approve legal holidays. Sen. James Henderson Kyle of South Dakota introduced S. 730 to the 53rd Congress to make Labor Day a legal holiday on the first Monday of each September.

It was approved on June 28, 1894.

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This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps, established by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of the War on Poverty. Nearly 2.7 million students have gone through the job Corps, a residential education and training program for disadvantaged young people ages 16 - 24.

Be inspired this Labor Day by the stories of This Built America.

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5 Unconventional Ways To Make Labor Day Work For You

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Labor Day, the national holiday to celebrate workers in the United States and Canada, falls on the first Monday of September. Originally conceived to celebrate the spirit of the labor movement, the holiday was rushed into legislation to placate workers in 1887 after a prolonged and messy Pullman's Strike.

More than 127 years later, the holiday now signifies the end of summer, a retail holiday when many now have to go to work rather than rest from it, and a day off from work for those lucky enough to have full-time business hour jobs.

For many it is now a bittersweet holiday.


No Punishment For LA Deputy Who Killed Ex-Tech Exec

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A Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department deputy who was charged with vehicular homicide for killing lawyer and former Napster COO Milton Olin, Jr. is getting off without punishment, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's won't press charges because although Andrew Wood was distracted by typing into his cruiser's computer while, he was acting in his official capacity and so "acted lawfully," as official documents explain.

An online petition demanding that Wood be prosecuted for Olin's death has received 67,809 signatures. According to the petition, Olin's family had been unable to obtain even a copy of the collision report. The family is suing Los Angeles County, the Sherriff's Department, and Wood. The suit seeks at least $80,000 in damages and a jury trial, according to another Daily News report.

Wood was on duty driving his cruiser at 48 miles per hour on December 8, 2013 in Calabasas, California. He claimed at the time that Olin swerved out of the bike lane and into his lane. Wood said that he swerved right to avoid Olin but that the attorney did the same, making the collision unavoidable.

However, an eyewitness driver behind the patrol vehicle contradicted Olin. Andrew McCown said he did not see the cruiser swerve nor brake lights come on until after Olin "flew into the air." About 36 seconds before the accident, another police unit sent Wood a text message. He was replying to it when he struck Olin.

There was evidence that Wood had also sent or received 9 text messages between 12:51 and 1:01, a period during which the cruiser was stopped. Wood sent a last text message at 1:04, roughly a minute before he struck Olin.

But the DA's office has officially refused to prosecute "this tragic collision" even though "Wood briefly took his eyes away from the road precisely when the narrow roadway curved slightly to the left without prior warning, causing him to inadvertently travel straight into the bike lane, immediately striking Olin."

Even though Wood was distracted because he was texting another officer, because it was considered official business, he was "acting within the course and scope of his duties." The prohibiting use of wireless equipment while driving "does not apply to an emergency services professional using an electronic wireless communications device while operating an authorized emergency vehicle ... in the course and scope of his or her duties."

And so Wood faces no criminal charges, although he and the department and county still face the lawsuit.


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