Changing it up

IN RECENT MONTHS, parts of DK have been regrouping on the road, while some of us are in Phnom Penh. We are trying to sketch out the 'why' of DK. The purpose, the whole thing. I know we've been 'at it' since 1994, in various ways and shapes, but now,…

A nomadic existence

Design Kompany is hosting an online forum in which people who don't know one another---from around the world---are connecting and conversing, every week. LIFE ON THE ROAD. Digital nomad, or modern gypsy? If you found yourself, as we did, somehow on the road indefinitely and working off the internet in…

Lifehack

LEARN DESIGN KOMPANY's top 4 tools to uncover the answer to a very important question: What will be your legacy? Get four top tools from our toolkit, which DK's creative directors developed in-house over more than 10 years while working with different kinds of people and engaging with their unique…

Nomad life of artist-wanderers

FOUND THIS. From Culture360: In 1996 Michael Haerdter of Berlin's Künstlerhaus Bethanien called artists “post-modern nomads” or “wanderers between cultures”.  Migrating artists, he said, "belong with the many transcultural messengers of a world whose keywords are nomadism and globalism." Goes on to say the fact that we see the invention (and…

Choosing colors from a 256-box grid

DID I TELL YOU that when you join 'N', you get to choose a color from the 256-box color grid that is the RGB palette for web-safe colors? Yes. GRID. THIS MAY SOUND like garblety-gook to some, but to others, it's entirely clear. Of course one would enjoy with relish the opportunity:…

3.14159

THIS MORNING, it started to become clearer. 'What?' 'The new thing. There has to be a new thing, always.' 'After..?' 'N.' 'But you're not finished with N.' 'No. But I don't want to get bored... well, not bored, but do you know how hard it is to try to get…

A Poetic Narrative, by ‘N’ Hanoi

ON 27 JUNE 2017 in Hanoi, a mix of exactly 16 people got together for '16N', a traveling conversation salon on a theme that starts with an 'N'. This time, our topic was NARRATIVE. 'What are the stories we tell to the world? Which ones do we tell ourselves?' and…

SELF Bangkok

MAKE A SPACE for reflection in this relaxed, prompt-led evening workshop. You can come just once, or you can come to all of our sessions. These will take place at a location to be shared with registered guests. The dates will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It's a modular…

The basics (and a compass)

REALIGNING WITH THE TEAM, here at DK World Headquarters in Phnom Penh. In Cambodia, where there is a slight breeze and the soft sound of humming constructions and light traffic. Traffic... that's a given in PP, sure, so I'm not going to complain, especially with the influx of cars. Very…

Virtual reception :: The Art of Not Knowing

A NEW COLLECTION. After the conversations that came of a 2012 lecture, 'There's Not That Much Time Left,' Design Kompany created online 'rooms' for talking together with people we didn't know about how to leave a legacy you can feel great about. By designing the life you want. Working backwards…

Writing and eating

TWO THINGS today, on the agenda. Going through the conversations, going through the highlights of posts, of sharings to date, of learnings-as-we-went, and the reflections from 'N' in Phnom Penh, Bangkok, London, and the ones in progress in Copenhagen and Hanoi. Today I will focus on getting things into a…

From new angles

THIS WEEK IN S P A C E, some sharing. Of how we got to 'N'... 1997. 'Let's start a design studio. I'll set up a hotmail.' 1999. 'You what? You want to hire us? Oh... Sure, yeah. I'll do that. I have Freehand.' 2000. 'Let's move. You can work…