Atelier S P A C E | Tokyo

Atelier S P A C E is a two-year roving popup zinemaking atelier. It’s a project of the boutique studio, Design Kompany (started in 2004 in Seattle – presently based in Phnom Penh). On the road since Sept. 2017 from: Battambang, Cambodia, Atelier S P A C E co-creates a weekly zine. This is done with […]

S P A C E | Rovaniemi, ‘Arctic Circle’

‘… published books…’ ‘…’ ‘Wait. Have you published a book, DK?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Well, is it on Amazon?’ ‘No! I don’t like that company ! The way they treat people and–‘ ‘Listen. Amazon’s not going to change and people are still going to use it, whether or not you have qualms with the way they treat […]

S P A C E | ‘Strange Geometries’

LET’S TALK ABOUT learning. How we discover, find, and make new connections. Ideas, shapes of thinking and the input that comes from places that might not be the ‘usual’ ones. No more boring meetings: What are the containers that make great conversations *happen*? Cnversations that lead to better collaboration and better work? Those are important. Let’s […]

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 […]

Z I N E S and making S P A C E

LOTS TO SAY about ‘zines.’ What they are, why we make them. The upshot is: got tired of other people’s perceptions of what ‘writing’ ought to be. Or ‘art.’ Or ‘design.’ After working for a small alt-weekly in southwest Ireland (layout, design, writing, editing, selling ads, delivery, crying because files got lost, befriending MO’B in […]

Workshop: Messaging for J A Z Z

Jazz artists are invited to apply for one of our online workshops, JAZZ, focused exclusively on visuals for this kind of music. Starting in Seattle in 2005, DK worked mostly with software developers and architects to create strong, consistent and solid messaging strategies for people who are very good at the creative process. We adapted […]

Bohr on the illusion of truth

NEW THINGS. Starting again. In S P A C E. In very small circles. Trusting the process and enjoying the adventure, creating the design for hosting and engaging some of us, some of us who are still curious, still open to the possibility of being changed by what we hear, and still ready to learn, […]

Hei Kesä @ Cafe Onni

Celebrating International Zine Day PIENOISLEHTIEN TEKEMINEN on Suomessa vielä harvinainen harrastus. Työpajassa tutustut lehtien tekemisen mahdollisuuksiin ja opit taittelemaan ja tekemään uniikkeja tai monistettavia vihkosia. Sisältö voi olla kuvia, tekstiä tai ehkäpä pieni tarina. Millaisen lehden sinä voisit tehdä? Pajaan osallistuminen ei vaadi aiempaa kokemusta tai valmista ideaa. Ohjaajana taiteilija Dipika Kohli, Design Kompany (US). Ohjaus suomeksi ja […]

Atelier S P A C E || Kärsämäki

MAKE A ZINE with just eight people. Meet new people. Make a publication. Short, sweet, and on the spot. Join us at Atelier S P A C E || Kärsämäki.  DESIGN KOMPANY are hosting a popup workshop, Atelier S P A C E, at Kärsämäki in Finland. This is a zinemaking atelier. It will kick […]

Tervetuloa viettämään aikaa, juttelemaan, valmistamaan oma uniikki zine

TERVETULOA viettämään aikaa, juttelemaan, valmistamaan oma uniikki zine. Aikuiset ja yli 6v. Hinta 10€, lapset ilmaiseksi. Sis materiaalit, kahvin ja leivoksen. Facebook: Hei Kesä. CAFE ONNI and Design Kompany jointly host ‘Hei Kesä’ on Saturday, 21 July. Celebrating International Zine Day as well as time talking together in real life, this is an occasion not to be […]

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, zines are part of the […]

DK’s new relational aesthetics

OOO. I LOVE THIS STUFF. Relational aesthetics. Will tell you in a second how I came to know about this term, ‘relational aesthetics.’ I am jazzed about it. Why? Because other people have also been interested in a thing that interests me. Even if these are academic people, art critics, or, gaw, the Art World, (sets whom, […]

The writing process

‘SHOW, don’t tell.’ That’s the advice writers get when we are starting to write. I think that’s pretty marvelous advice, except, um. We’re writing. So how do you ‘show?’ Well, it’s a good thing I brought the new camera. I’m borrowing it. From BOSS. It has a bunch of cool lenses and I’m enjoying the […]

S P A C E || Welcome to ‘Slow Moment’

I JUST LISTENED to Zeynep Tufekci‘s talk about AI on TED, ‘We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads.’ It’s about the specific ways companies like google and facebook and amazon are just selling our data… the way we do these things now, ‘communicating,’ I mean, where is it getting us? It […]

25 May | KL ‘Kaunter Tiket’ zine launch party

*Happening.* Free with registration. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-letters-society-tickets-44788701211 Open invite, +1s welcome. *Secret location* to be shared with registered guests only.

Make a zine with us in Kuala Lumpur

A LOT of learning on our last trip to Malaysia! Three months of getting to know the place and people, a little, in Penang, Cameron, Melaka, KL, and Ipoh, pretty neat. We discovered a lot of smart, creative women and young people, especially, who are ready, we think, for a challenge, artistically, philosophically, and intellectually. […]

The Mirror Section Z

DK ARE INVITING a handful of new guests to participate in our online forum-workshop, The Mirror. Just six spots, details are here. (Note: a new eligibility requirement applies, please apply only if you’re new to DK in 2018.) New. That’s what we like, around here. Keeps it interesting. Airy. Fresh.   .

‘You’re supposed to be a starving artist’

‘… AND THEN WHEN that was done, I came back…’ ‘To start something new.’ ‘I suppose.’ ‘Well, you could do that, here.’ ‘I know! It’s wonderful. I have space and time to write anything. Anything at all. And it feels good, getting better.’ ‘With practice.’ ‘Yes. Also, without the pressure of having to produce something […]

1 April | Launch of S P A C E Vol. III 2017 collection, ‘Circumference’

ON APRIL 1, a new collection, ‘Circumference,, will launch here at DK. It is a set of writing, imagery drawn and photographs made throughout 2017 in S P A C E. Our ‘Year of the Circle’ conversations in virtual and offline spaces led to dialogues that moved and shifted. In the end, we could see […]

Designing the next

Update: April 12. Very warm thank-you to those who helped me think carefully about the writing for the letter to ask for funds for the Finland programme. I am going to circle back to you individually, so hang on there for a bit, and I will give you the personal report on what’s going to happen next. Meantime, […]

Making more and better S P A C E

It has been four years since we began publishing our eZine, S P A C E. Which runs the gamut of topics relating to creating new, and better space, mostly the kinds that foster interpersonal dialogues that progress in a meaningful way. That doesn’t have to mean lifetime friendship, or anything. Just… It has to […]

A song for Jean Rhys, a letter from Rilke

FIVE OF US. Wrote a poem together. And I’m going to send it to just the five of us, and that’s it. It’s called A Song for Jean Rhys. Jean Rhys inspired the work, in a big way, of hosting The Mirror. Writing needn’t be about mass producing, or selling, or convincing, or debunking. Sometimes, […]

The Mirror Section B

Forget what ‘they’ say. THE MIRROR is for helping you discover and listen to you. You don’t need anyone else to spell it out, but here it is: no one is going to regret it more if you don’t do the work than you. Did you read that article that went viral, a while ago?  […]

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, […]

SELF || Bangkok

DISCOVER YOUR SELF. Sounds crazy, right? You know yourself. Well, do you? In this era where layer after layer of facades keep us from truly relating to others, maybe it gets confusing. It’s a good time to take stock and reflect on who it is you are, under all of that. No cameras, no phones […]

Interstitial space

ONCE UPON A TIME, a very smart person wrote a thing about my art. I guess that was the thing that threw me off. ‘Art.’ It was weird, because I thought I was an engineer-architect-journalist-designer. But I was making things that someone with a real eye, experience, and like I said, brains, didn’t say wasn’t […]