‘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 […]

Welcome to Connection, welcome to S P A C E

REPORTING TODAY from a secret location in Malaysia. For a bit of space, to reflect and connect, with some whose paths I’ve crossed very recently, and with those who are still engaged with DK through our mailings in [S P A C E 2018]. Allora. ‘New starts’, part LXII I love starting over. I really […]

30 April | STAMMTISCH in Kuala Lumpur

WHEN I WORKED a day job, in architecture, I found out about ‘The Great Good Place,’ a book and idea of Ray Oldenburg‘s, who called one’s “first place” the home and the “second place” the workplace. Wikipedia says his ‘third places,’ ‘are “anchors” of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.’ (‘Does […]

‘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 there for Atelier S P […]

‘Briefly in Sheffield’

S P A C E || Sheffield Order here. Set in England, November 1998 and May 2016. Creative nonfiction based on real life encounters, S P A C E tells stories in third-person narrative. ‘Briefly in Sheffield’ is part of the larger series, S P A C E, a set of interwoven stories spanning the past, […]

16 April | STAMMTISCH in Phnom Penh

STAMMTISCH is MONDAY. Guest artist Mike Dynamo will talk with us about music and writing. More below. Ticket registration page is here.   Salons: What are they? Design Kompany hosts conversation salons. This is what it looks like. Pictured, from left: ‘The State of Publishing’ in Durham NC with Mercury Studio, MAKE at Fishmongers Durham NC, […]

7 May | What can digital nomads learn from Dead Poets

NEXT up, in our interactive magazine S P A C E, is ‘A Nomadic Existence.’ Our 12-week programme lets you drop into the ‘rooms’ where we are hosting deeper conversations on topics popping up each week. What’s been talked about, and what’s being talked about now, are in the protected-pages posts at this blog. Learn […]

New tracks for April & May online workshops

HERE IS A QUICK outline of what’s happening in April and May, in case you feel like applying to join DK in one of our new writing streams. Things have evolved since the 2014 cojournal, with the new suite of stories unfolding at Design Kompany’s active spaces just for conversations in forums to evolve, progress, […]

S P A C E || Computing

‘THEY JUST…’ ‘Yeah, well.’ ‘Well, you know I can’t really judge. I’ve been doing the same thing all day.’ ‘Computing?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘I mean, if it was ten years ago, and MA and I were hanging out having our meetups on Tuesdays like we used to, all those many lovely weeks, I think… we would have […]

Hoity toity jargon-happy boringness, academics and obfuscation

‘IT WOULD BE UNINTERESTING, is why.’ ‘What? You always kind of start from left field, I feel, with no grounding, scene setting, stage, or the like.’ ‘That’s… just clutter.’ ‘No. It’s context.’ ‘Oh.’ ‘Not many people would be this patient, you know. Writing has to grab you, hook you in..’ ‘You sound like a coach! […]

STAMMTISCH #5 || A salon about the creative process and why we bother to make, design

Update: In April 2018, DK are hosting this event for creatives in Phnom Penh and who are passing through to talk about the process of “making” and “making a living,” and how those two things relate to one another. Inspired by conversations with “digital nomads” in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, plus a budding interest in […]