Email me, maybe

'TELL THEM in a relatable way, DK, why this is interesting, and how it will make their life better.' 'No.' 'You have to. If you want people to connect.' 'I don't know if... spelling it out... is really my thing.' 'Well, if you want people to understand, then you have…

21 July | A festival of the zine in Kärsämäki

ARE YOU IN FINLAND? Great. Join Design Kompany and new friends in Kärsämäki for a once-off event, a Festival of The Zine. Celebrating International Zine Day, this will take place in various venues on Saturday, 21 July. What are zines? Zines are independently published periodicals. They are not fancy, nor are they mainstream. Rather,…

Making time for tea and friends

'SO YOU'VE TRAVELED the world.' 'Um.' 'You have.' 'Um.' 'You've been everywhere, DK. You lived in... Japan, in Cambodia... where you wrote Breakfast in Cambodia, am I correct?, yes, I thought you had said that, and of course the places where you grew up, too. You have seen and done…

Zining in Finland

THIS MONTH I AM IN FINLAND. I'm in a small part of the middle of it, close-ish to Oulu, and about six hours north of Helsinki. It's called Kärsämäki. Will be sharing this photozine later on this summer. The reason I'm here is to make it.   Making a zine…

17 June | Then & Now

Do you ever feel like it’s getting more and more difficult to find ways to meaningfully connect with others in stimulating conversation? Let me repeat that. Do you ever feel like it’s getting harder to meaningfully connect? I do mean meaningfully, not trivially Was this easier in the past? (Or…

‘Kaunter Tiket’

S P A C E || Kuala Lumpur AVAILABLE in both print and soft copy, this issue of S P A C E is a 2-volume, limited edition zine. It was released on June 1, 2018. It's set in Kuala Lumpur in December, 2017, when DK and others were gathered…

S P A C E || Zines

NEW. Zines. Creative nonfiction pieces. Are now for sale here at Design Kompany's site, exclusively. These were created at Atelier S P A C E, a popup, roving, zinemaking atelier that seeks to interconnect people in hyperlocal narratives. We write them, on the spot. With the people who take part.…

A Nomadic Existence x Dead Poets Society

VISAS. RULES. WIFI CAPACITY. Coffee, cafes, open-mindedness. Looking for the kinds of places where you can go in the world and just hang out, write, or work, from the comfort of your desk-that-goes-where-you-do? DESIGN KOMPANY is offering a short course that's completely online from [update] 7 October called 'The Cojournal Project:…

Atelier S P A C E || Kuala Lumpur

JOIN DK in KL this May for a short, popup zinemaking atelier. Atelier S P A C E is an international series in which people meet to work on an 8-page zine, together. Be a part of the international conversations unfolding in real life, online forums, and at these workshops.…

3 April | SELF

IN A PAST ISSUE OF S P A C E I WROTE, 'I STAYED UP far too late last night reading a short story about loneliness.' I had no idea this topic would come to dominate a month of real life conversations on the road in Southeast Asia over the…
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