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FOR THE MAY/JUNE series of S. P. A. C. E., we’ll share in-house worksheets we’ve created for people looking for a clear “self-concept.” After about 20 years of combined experience with 500+ clients about how to design a clear brand identity, we wrote a book called SELF. Our May/June S. P. A. C. E. issues are 8 excerpted chapters from SELF. They’re sequenced to help you:

  • Clarify your vision and values
  • Design your path
  • Discover what matters to you (and not what others think ought to matter to you)
  • Parse the meanings of various kinds of relationships in your life
  • Name your purpose
  • Make sense of the triumphs and losses in your life.

DK wrote SELF at Stanford University in 2014 when some people running an experiential learning program tasked us with designing and delivering self-reflection programs. Take advantage of what we created for them, and others, when you join Design Kompany in May and June.  Read more >

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9d18068e-f3b6-4bf8-9833-79abb6e437d4-1SERENDIPITY, PLAY AND ROOM for juxtaposed associations: chance is integral in a storymaker’s toolkit. DK, consulting in design thinking since 2011, recognizes the need for more room to experience the “a-ha” moment to arrive. It doesn’t just happen. Except, it does. Because the whole work of design is to get us out of our boxes, our ruts, and our business-as-usual associations.

Five years ago, we asked a Portland, Ore. client struggling to find a name to go for a walk at an odd time of day. He did, and by moonlight hit on “Million Monarchs.” More recently, we found a name and concept for a new cafe in Phnom Penh. Same trick.

Chance is important for the creative, but how can we design for it? How to create virtual and offline spaces for real life conversations across disciplines, and connect people who may have never met in real life? It’s exactly when we’re not consciously looking, that bam! The spark. The concept. The beginning of the rest, which is suddenly extremely simple. Taking the 2013 Modern Sikkim Gangtok series conducted with Echostream Design Consultancy as a learning test, DK is hosting 16N. Read more >

imageIN THIS KICKOFF ISSUE, DK explores lessons from 20 years’ experience in brand concepting in: Cork, Seattle, Durham NC, and Phnom Penh. The invitation must be well-designed in order to create room for a high-quality conversation. (Without which, any design will suck.) Yet the art of etiquette, manners, and personal integrity of meaning what you say is fading (why, in modern communications this has eroded true connection, we can’t be sure, but it invades a sense of feeling truly invited. Bad news for the relationship, for sure.)

In these gathered stories, discover how to make space for opening invitation channels such that people feel at ease, and see examples of what’s worked best for DK to hold space for others to trust, share, and co-discover. In 20 years of conversations with more than 500 professionals seeking clarity in messaging, DK has amassed a hefty toolkit. For example, with Kismuth’s project, The Mirror, a small anthology of nine voices, or MAKE in Durham with 70 people gathered for our roundtable on creative process, magic happened. Fails, too. Yet consistently it’s become clear: even when people have only met once, there is a beauty in the very potentiality that open, honest conversation may invite. Read more >

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2015: mar/apr CHANCE  | jan/feb INVITATION

2015-03-07 13.39.37The idea for S. P. A. C. E., the eZine, was born at this table and with these notes: DK’s best-of collection of articles, lessons, gleanings and worksheets on identity and legacymaking. Gathered from Seattle (2005-2010) and shuffled on the road for one year in Asia, they were the sieved final set that gave rise to the concept: making space. Three cups of coffee and five rereads, it became readily apparent there’s a major lack of inspiration for people who are creative and want to connect in meaningful ways. Ergo, our eZine, and the making of high-quality S. P. A. C. E. Phnom Penh, Cambodia January 2015. Read more >