HI. We are on the road with Atelier S P A C E, a roving international atelier salon series. Are you curious? This is a good time to ask us any questions popping up as you peruse this site. Your thoughtful questions will help us make this site, and our work to come, better. So thank you for taking the time.
Questions so far…
- Who are you?
- What’s in it for me? How will this make my life better? How is this relevant to me? See our blog. Check in from time to time and see where we are, what we’re managing to do with and for others. Not for everyone, of course. We’re looking for people who are recognizing the vast missing space where people can let themselves relax, connect, and discover… without agenda… those whose paths they might not have otherwise crossed. Why? Public space. Salon making. Serendipity. Innovations start here. We’re talking about ‘the third space’ or ‘the third place.’ Just google it.
- What is this? A traveling design atelier. We are combining our backgrounds & experiences over 20 years together in: print journalism, design, story finding, empathetic listening, dialogue design, digital publishing, newsmagazines, event making, zinery, illustration, facilitation, concepting, hosting, mentoring, and partnering with businesses and organizations along the way to *make things happen*. This is all so that we can: discover the people, places, and stories that are not that easily discovered, mostly because people aren’t even aware of what they can find out about themselves whenever they simply make time to meet and talk, in real life. It’s so cool when this happens. Designing a dialogue roundtable might lead to an idea, that idea might be taken up by a handful of people, then a collaboration begins. It’s not just ‘I made this!’, it’s ‘Look what we did, together.’ ‘N’ so far has been a kind of prototype for this. I think this new project came straight out of what we learned together at ‘N’ in Hanoi in June. So fun. Fun is the important bit, isn’t it? And more is on the way.
- What made you decide to make S P A C E? The noticing of real and different other people. Making space to truly connect without having pre-conceived ideas about one another. Letting go of who we think we are and inviting serendipity to show us who we might be(come). Letting things emerge. Practicing being open. Letting go of ‘productivity’ and embracing ‘making.’ Sharing this journey, as we go, with others who are also completely bored with the status quo, and the drive towards more and better, when it leads to… emptiness and ennui. Doesn’t it?
- Where are you going next? Singapore and elsewhere. Watch this space.
- What will I learn from this? It’s an open space-inspired agenda and program, so you will get out of it what you like. That’s because it’s not about prescribing a way to think onto you, it’s about letting you discover and explore a way towards what works for you. This is about design doing, not just passively taking in information. You will see more circles and people talking together in S P A C E than you will in someone else’s workshop. As ‘design thinking’ is getting trendy we are open-jawed about it, because really, you have to do it, it’s ‘design doing’ that we are making space for. Sitting around in a room watching someone talk is not design thinking or anywhere near it. You have to explore, experiment, discover, try new things. You have to show up for that idea, too. Business leaders know this as a different term: innovation. It’s bludgeoned, of course, the idea of spacemaking and design thinking and innovation. But really, what we are after is showing you, in very small experiential programs, what it is that this feels like. We hacked our way around the world as designers, we’ve worked for some really cool people in huge companies and NGOs, but we don’t want to splash around those names because it’s not important. What’s important is you. Show up, join us, be part of this. It’s magical. Need proof? Look at the people in these pictures. It’s light, low-key, and usually in the off-hours. Non-work, conversational, jazz- and improv-theater inspired, and built from our 20 years of hosting conversations, doing brand identity designs, working for newspapers an magazines as staffers, and otherwise making it up as we go. Since 1994 in Raleigh-Durham, NC USA and officially LLC’d in 2004 in Seattle.
- Where have you been? Gangtok, Amritsar, Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Seattle, Portland, Durham NC, San Francisco, Malmoe, Copenhagen, London, Cork, Skibbereen. Since 2014, we’ve been in Phnom Penh. Road ateliers began in September 2017.
- How long have you been in business? We started as an LLC in Seattle in 2004.
- What do you do, exactly? [Coming 1 November]
- Who are your clients? [Coming 1 November]
- How are you funded? Contact us for the media kit. Use the form below.
- How did you land in Cambodia after starting in the northwestern United States? [Coming 1 November]
- Tell us about your past experiences. A picture’s worth 1000 words, right? Check out our gallery for 1 jillion.
- Do you hire people? Sometimes, yes. When there’s a specific project with particular needs, we begin to look through our network and discover who might fit the story. We’ve hired web developers, graphic design interns, photographers. We’ve also partnered with software developers. We are always open to hearing from people who have a proposal to share.
- Can I commission you for a custom project? Depends on what it is, where it is, and if we’re aligned with the same vision. Get in touch through the form below and let’s start the conversation.
- What is it like to work with you? [Coming 1 November]
- How can I collaborate with you? Request the password to this page. Use the form below. Let us know where you are in the world and how you want to become involved. Anything is possible.
- How are you different from other studios? Zinemakers? Designers? Publishers? What makes you special? [Coming 1 November]
- Where have you been published, or appeared in public? Where can I learn more? [Coming 1 November]
- How did you go from a freelance studio to a consulting agency? What do you consult on? [Coming 1 November]
- Tell us how you are applying what you have learned. [Coming 1 November]
- Are you on social media? Less and less. Email? The form is below…
Have a question?
What should we add to the list above?… What do you want to know about DK, about S P A C E, and about how to get involved? Ask us through this form…