S P A C E | The State of Publishing

JOIN DK and friends in HANOI for this unique conversation salon on the state of publishing. LAST SEEN IN DURHAM, NC, when DK and bloggers, editors, photographers, and writers had gathered at Mercury Studio for a short, packed, nonlinear and very frank conversation about the state of publishing. Some of the outtakes informed how DK […]

Atelier S P A C E | Phnom Penh

LET’S TALK ABOUT work. How we discover, find, and make new connections for meaningful work. Let’s cover all of the ways ‘value’ is exchanged. Be it through the mutual interest that leads to the sharing of new, fresh ideas, or unexpected input that develops the shape of thinking that comes from places that might not […]

Winter 2018-19: ‘The Work of Art’

In search of meaning E X P L O R I N G _ T H E _ A R T of Human Relationship   Times, shifts, curiosity about new people and new ways of thinking, and the general crisscross of emails and vague fragments of thoughts are what we write and share about in […]

The things to come

First editorial meeting today, for S P A C E | Phnom Penh, ‘Angle of Incidence.’ Discovering, sourcing, planning, sharing, connecting, interconnecting and framing. That’s what it is. To start. Getting the team together. Organizing the pages without overthinking or over designing. Leaving room for stuff to develop, other stuff to emerge. Being okay with […]

Salon: Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh

MEET ME IN THE SKY? Get together with a very small group of people to talk about things that feel more interesting than the usual drone of: ‘How long have you been in Phnom Penh?’ (yawn) ‘What do you do here?’ (Why? Are you job hunting?) ‘Where are you from?’ (How about ask me where I’m […]

Zinemaking workshop: Atelier S P A C E || Phnom Penh

Meet new people. Make a zine. Share the journey of the creative process over this unique, once-off weekend conversation salon cum real life workshop. We’ll meet three times over the 3-day weekend workshop. Date, time, and place to be shared with those who are selected to take part. We’ll add the final works to our S […]

‘Actually I do have friends’

RAINING IN PHNOM PENH, as I write this. Wondering where the next few days and weeks will go. A few more days, a few more moments. Conversations in the real life salons, conversations in the online ones, too. There are things to say, so many of them, and I’m lucky to be able to have […]

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. It’s pretty fun, light, conversational, […]

17 March | Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh #8

On Saturday I’ll be here hosting the #8 edition of ‘Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh.’ Where time has literally stopped. Expect the unexpected, and come see. More info at our website, see ‘Upcomings’. This time I’ll kick things off with what the bright physicist HL told me, about holography, time and space being one thing, […]

S P A C E || Breakfasting

‘THAT WAS GREAT.’ ‘It was.’ ‘It’s good that we can still talk. A good conversation!’ ‘It is. It was.’ ‘About so many kinds of things! It keeps it new. I like that.’ ‘I do, too.’ ‘I think… I think that what’s really interesting is when you can have the old things and the new things, […]

លេង

JOIN DK, DESIGN PHNOM PENH, and others in a conversation circle about: លេង Anyone is welcome. We are going to talk about the creative process, with a few simple exercises that you can try together with us on the day. Anyone can join. No special requirements. We will be talking together in an open format […]

Battambang || Atelier S P A C E

A conversation salon + atelier to *make something*. It’s for those we discover, on the way, and on the spot. See you in the up. By invitation only. 

Wherever you go, there you are

A NOMADIC EXISTENCE has begun. AS: What is it about? DK: ‘A Nomadic Existence?’ asked one of my longest-term mentors. ‘What is it about, exactly? Can you name that? Can you paint a picture of what it IS? In other words, what is the content of your forum?’ Let me answer that. What IS it […]

Chance Encounters

MEETUP SERIES for new and locally-based members of our conversation salon, S P A C E. Read more here.

A New Kind of Journey

WELCOME. ‘A New Kind of Journey’ is an online programme for those whom we are meeting in real life and want to keep talking with, together in a shared online forum under protected pages at our blog. Why? To keep the dialogues moving, without degenerating into the banal that comes along when time slips away […]

Origin

ORIGIN: ‘What is fromness?’ is inspired by ‘Ask me where I’m local’ by Taiye Selasi: ‘When someone asks you where you’re from … do you sometimes not know how to answer?’ Selasi speaks for “multi-local” people. In other words, people who feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live […]

Let’s meet in real life in Phnom Penh

THE FIRST TIME I CAME TO PHNOM PENH, there was a feeling that anything could happen. This was in March, 2014. This was a time in my life that I needed to be in a place where you could try things, make it up, see what happened. Because so much of what I had imagined […]

‘Whatever. I can’t just, well, I don’t want to just spell it out.’

‘TELL PEOPLE, in a relatable way, why they should care and why it will make their lives better. Your offering. Whichever one.’ ‘What??’ ‘Dude. You just have to think about it. The benefits. Not features.’ ‘But, but! This is about… self-actualization. This isn’t the kind of thing you go around plastering up and about like […]

‘You need a net, though’

‘YOU MEAN THE GUY WHO CAME OVER, and slept on the bed, in the extra room?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘That room, really? The one with all the mosquitoes? And NO NET?’ ‘Yeah, yeah. When we used to live there.’ ‘I can’t believe… That room had no net, dude.’ ‘I know. But it was him. I had to […]

Naming, concept and brand identity for NUK Cafe in Phnom Penh

Nuk Cafe, Design by DK 2014A VERY SAVVY team approached Design Kompany through a mutual friend and that opened the door to a fun project that tapped all of our best creative offerings. Naming, concepting, and brand identity design. That was exactly what they didn’t know they wanted, but appreciated, at the end, in the manner of clients preceding them. ‘NUK’ came about as a name idea after a series of serious conversations, and a visit to the site, which was then under construction.

Unbound from ennui

I AM A PART of all that I have met, said Tennyson. There is more. There is always more to the story of being, connecting to ourselves, to our colleagues, friends, lovers, acquaintances, children, elders, dead poets, and the people at work. To the ones we haven’t met yet, the rest, the beyond, the out there. There is more.