This post is for R.

THANK YOU. For the note. That was really kind of you. I didn’t expect… any kind of… thing like that but it was really sweet and thoughtful. I appreciate that we met. I appreciate that you found it interesting to connect, as we did, short though our encounter was. I think it’s so lovely that […]

Atelier S P A C E | Riga

Make a ‘zine’ with DK. Get to know more about the DIY-style of publishing a mini-magazine. Techniques, templates, samples and demonstrations are all part of this short, sweet creative workshop that has been traveling Southeast Asia and N. Europe since 2017. Discover S P A C E, the conversations and the zines. Make, take, converse, […]

The glory and quietness of DIY publishing

THIS WAS ORIGINALLY going to be a protected-page post. I didn’t want to get all corny about this whole DIY publishing thing. The scene. The strange feeling of having a thing that you want to share, but realizing that no one is readily around to hear it. And wondering if you are really on to […]

S P A C E | Hanoi, ‘The Book of Red’

DK’s zine shop S P A C E will pop up in Hanoi. Make zines. Read zines. Take zines home. Wordsmiths, artists, writers, designers, freelancers, illustrators and others who make things that move us through the art of Art: this is for you. A miniature conversation salon, plus zinemaking atelier, for just a handful of […]

S P A C E | Singapore, ‘The Prospect of Beauty’

  S P A C E | Singapore, ‘The Prospect of Beauty’ launches today in S P A C E, our crowdfunded, no-ads, member-supported weekly digital zine. Since we’re almost finished with our first 12-issue set, ‘A Philosophy of the Moment,’ it’s a good time to take a pause and try to grasp what the […]

14 March | ‘The Resistance’

Let’s talk about ‘The Resistance.’ A conversation party and zine reading. DK and friends in Hanoi invite you to be a part of this very limited-edition popup, S P A C E | Hanoi. Save the date for 14 March. Hosted by A. Spaice, who was last in Hanoi to make ‘N’ Hanoi: NARRATIVE. For […]

‘You’re pretty serious about it, then’

Support this project at our crowdfunding page   ARRIVALS by Dipika Kohli Creative Director, DK Seattle, Durham NC, and Phnom Penh 2004–2019 TWENTY YEARS and counting. Moving through the world. Traveling to stories, or letting stories emerge, right where I am. In-situ, on the spot. This is the jam I am in, and it’s been a good […]

Getting more and more serious

THIS MAGAZINE stuff is a lot of fun. I’m enjoying searching around about typography design, lately, for example. My old typography consultant kind of ‘ghosted’ on me, which is a tough thing to accept but I have to move forward, so I’m looking up things on the internet now*. It’s so funny. The first vid […]

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 […]

Hitting ‘print’ on ‘Janteloven’

… And I’m excited, too, to finish the next issue already, today is the launch of S P A C E member Aske Pedersen‘s ‘Janteloven.’ Really great to work on this, I’m feeling excited to share it with our community, soon. Today we’re just gonna stare it internally, in DK’s very small, most inner circle […]

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 […]

16 August | Zines x Coffee at Oulu Arts Night

DK AND FRIENDS TOGETHER co-host the zinemaking popup conversation salon and *happening* ‘Hei Kesä’ in Oulu. This is in collaboration with Kahvila Tuokio and Oulu Taiteiden Yö (Oulu Arts Night). It was the delightful yellow bright interior of the cafe that got us thinking, ‘This would be a great place to host a zinemaking popup […]

S P A C E || Slow moment

IN A FEW DAYS, I will be starting the salon in our protected-page space, ‘Slow Moment.’ It’s about slowing down. Recharging. Discovering yourself when you make time to show up… for you. No obligations, no ‘to-do’s, and scrapping the idea of ‘getting something accomplished,’ the idea of this particular programme is to let it flow. […]

Zining in Finland II

CONTINUING. To make. Zines, mostly, in June. July looks different. July has a different feeling to it. The flowers are changing. The fragrances, too. I feel like I’m a teenager again: staying up really late, talking to people about everything, joking, cutting up paper and sending little notes out into the world, writing letters, sharing […]

How our zines evolved into art books

‘I THINK YOU should sew them.’ ‘Why? They’re fine.’ ‘No, no. If you sew them, it’ll be more, what’s the word… Substantial.’ ‘Substantial zines?’ ‘Come on. These are more than just zines. You know that. The world of zines is full of stuff that looks like most of the stuff that’s also in the rest […]

A popup zine festival in Finland: ‘Hei Kesä’, celebrating International Zine Day

A summer festival of the zine in Kärsämäki #heikesä *** Saturday, 21 July I N T E R N A T I O N A L  Z I N E  D A Y H e i   K e s ä Making zines. Sharing time. In real life.   P R O G R A M M […]

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, […]

S P A C E || ‘Good Night, Day!’

Writing in S P A C E THE WRITING IS GOING ALL RIGHT. Here, behind the scenes, we are turning yearslong collected writings and bits into things that are actually in some way processed, thought through, organized, and well-presented. I think this is called publishing. And that’s why we are working on it with Kismuth […]

Hello Kuala Lumpur

IT IS INCREDIBLE. The road. How it teaches. You just have no idea where you are going to go, and then, there you are. Writing today from a small unexpectedly well-connected wifi place. Fast. Lucky. Reflecting lately on the journeys, typing and sharing the gems in S P A C E. Enjoying offline random conversations. So many! A few intriguing […]

Tonight in Singapore! A 3-day zinemaking popup atelier begins

LAST CALL to register for Atelier S P A C E in Singapore. Tickets for the 3-day atelier are SGD $180. Register here. We are ready, and we are set. Look forward to meeting our registered guests tonight at the *secret meetpoint* at the National Gallery. S P A C E. Meantime, if you are […]

Battambang vis-a-vis Singapore

JUST LANDED. It’s been quite a shift for sure, from Cambodia, and we have a hefty notebookful of things to say that we will hold off on saying until we meet in real life, for Authorities might not like us making Off the Cuff Statements (and we should also refrain from Generalizations and/or Snap Judgments). […]

Make a Zine || Atelier S P A C E pre-event

LEARN HOW TO FOLD an 8-page zine, in this short all-ages workshop with Design Kompany. Bring: scissors, an A4 paper, and things you’d like to collage together. Inspired by the Tate Modern’s International Zine Month programme, you’ll have a chance to make your own zine in response to works, artworks, and themes in the National […]

Make a Zine: A video that asks, ‘Is telling stories on paper a dying art?’

IF YOU CAN IGNORE the overt product placement by their sponsor, this promo video by A Day Magazine for their Make a Zine fair in Bangkok is simply *charming*. For a while now we have been looking up videos trying to gathering inspiration to share ahead of Atelier S P A C E in Singapore […]

‘This is a chord. This is another. This is a third. Now form a band.’

What are zines? Why do they exist? Who does them? People who want to go against the grain. Not just because it’s ‘cool.’ But because if you want real integrity, that isn’t pushed by some media source of that doesn’t have an alt agenda, then zines are a way. Kirsty Leishman, a tutor in media studies […]

S P A C E || Battambang digital, print zine drops today

HERE WE GO. DK’s first zine in print, S P A C E || Battambang, drops today. This was created from the first-ever of our new roving conversation salon-cum-zinemaking popups, Atelier S P A C E. That took place on 26 September, over P’chum Ben in Battambang, Cambodia. We are focusing on the zine idea […]

‘Curious and intrigued’, a note from Singapore

NEXT MONTH IN SINGAPORE, DK are going to be hosting a popup, weekend zinemaking salon, Atelier S P A C E || Singapore. It’s not quite what, I think, fits into the usual programme of ‘writer event, go to the library,’ and ‘design event, go to a conference,’ and ‘open space, that’s some kind of […]

Break it up with subheds: the making of S P A C E

REWIND TO 2014. It’s summer. I’m in California. Now, that doesn’t seem so strange, does it? Except, this: I had no idea that I could be in America again, the year after leaving for ‘the practice of the known, the uncertain, and the different…’ it wasn’t a tour, it was an experience, made on the […]