‘Hi, I’m DK.’
DK IS DESIGN KOMPANY. The nickname came after six years in one spot—that would be Seattle, where our 4-person creative collective started. Then we moved around quite a bit, and now we are (mostly) in Asia. Things change. But the more things change, as they say, the more they stay the same. We are still making it up as we go, engaging with wide mixes of people and creating unexpected space for deep learning, dialogue, and conversation that has real tooth.
What do you offer?
Against frivolous clutter: Engage the heart, mind
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT SAID IT: ‘You must do the thing you think you cannot do.’ People want challenges. They want to be pushed to try new things. To make space for, say, art, or writing. Or to find better quality relationships. They want to be inspired to work better, not harder. Achievement-oriented people want challenges. We’ve got challenges.
S. P. A. C. E. is about how to get from where you are right now to better.
That’s because we have a lot of experience now in prompting people to do this kind of thinking—something that happened when we were young design hacks was that we saw very quickly the lack of a great conversation about the meaning and purpose and feeling of a design meant that no matter what, it couldn’t be great. Dialogue. That had to happen. And it had to be high quality.
Quality! That’s the thing. The thing we have to offer—oh, I ought to have put that in the earlier section, then, hm. We are here to engage in conversations that help people think more expansively about their work: why they do it, and why it matters.
This is big.
It’s also hard.
The big idea is to build a conversation-space for people who are interested in talking more about this sort of stuff—about growth and interestingness—and bored of the drivel that comes forward when you do something that’s not a true conversation but some ‘guru’ spewing data at you in a one-way fashion. We invite dialogue. The kind with a center, and not sides. And circle in your comments, which inspire new directions, and free-form conversations.
It grows. This is progression. This is sharing. This is fun.
A new conversation every Tuesday 7AM USEST.
Who is it for?
Is this you? Please continue.
But… why are you doing this?
THIS IS WHY.
Too much ‘news’ is pandering to the lowest common denominator. Too much ‘infotainment’ is beating people into fear and consumption and subjectivity. When you step up and away from it all for a while, it becomes obvious that this is sucking the life from our veins and killing the heart of our human ingenuity.
Modern knowledge workers are numbed. Drugged. And terribly bored.
Would you like fewer junk reads and more of the kind that challenges your mind in new directions? Perhaps even directions of growth, learning, and motivation?
In other words, would you like less of whatever is clickbait today and more discernment, more aesthetic attention, and, oh, I’ll just say it, care in the existence of you as a real person and not just another wallet? ARE YOU, like us, more inspired by three hours of fascinating dialogue with someone you just met or haven’t seen in ages than, say, a television sitcom?
If so, please step forward. Please tell us you exist. We want to know you.
Read some of what we’re sharing so far here.
Even if it’s true about what Huxley said, ie that the truth’s being buried in a sea of irrelevance—even if it’s true, well, there is still S. P. A. C. E., and you have found it.
Meet us in S. P. A. C. E.?
OUR WEEKLY eZine S. P. A. C. E. gets emailed every Tuesday at 7AM USEST.
Who gets it?
An international group of people who want to think, jam, draw, write, play, innovate, design, and make.