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  • Message design starts with this: Make time for honest discussions about ‘purpose’

    Message design starts with this: Make time for honest discussions about ‘purpose’

    Update: What is the difference between design and brand identity design? The keyword here is ‘identity.’       It starts with a blank notebook, every single time, for us here when we start a new design project for a client interested in re-thinking, re-imagining, and re-designing his or her identity. The identity is the…

  • Protected: Follow up thoughts from ‘A Change of Perspective’ conversation salon

    Protected: Follow up thoughts from ‘A Change of Perspective’ conversation salon

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  • Meaning, purpose, ZAMM and bottlenecks

    Meaning, purpose, ZAMM and bottlenecks

    Update: This post was about an issue of S P A C E I published last year, and I’ve updated it with more context, as it’s part of messaging work to understand how to flow with ‘creative thinking’ which just means, I think, setting up your mindset to be cool with going somewhere new. Good…

  • A new conversation salon: ‘A World Apart’

    A new conversation salon: ‘A World Apart’

    This coming month, in the virtual salon spaces for S P A C E, I’ll host something just for those who care about international perspectives. Getting outside our usual routines and hearing about how life is somewhere else for some others, sometimes across the world, can shake things up sometimes. It has been a personal…

  • Protected: A blank page, every time

    Protected: A blank page, every time

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  • Figuring out the big question, ‘Who am I?’

    Figuring out the big question, ‘Who am I?’

    Design and branding; graphic design. These are my things, here at Design Kompany. The reason I got into branding was it was a natural next step after working in newspapers, where, for the four years I got to try it as a staff reporter, editor and designer in two quite unique contexts (West Cork, Ireland,…

  • Designers Korner | ‘Generation X’

    Designers Korner | ‘Generation X’

    This is a conversation salon for a maximum of 4. It’s for designers, especially those who are working remotely and in a nomadic way. I’d like to hear perspectives on design, how it’s changed, what you think has stuck or not stuck, based on a Generation X perspective. This is not for any kind of…

  • Kurt Cobain

    Kurt Cobain

    Wikipedia: ‘In March 1994, he overdosed on a combination of champagne and Rohypnol, subsequently undergoing an intervention and detox program. On April 8, 1994, he was found dead in the greenhouse of his Seattle home at the age of 27, with police concluding that he had died around three days earlier from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head…. He was heralded as…

  • Motivational Video on “How to be successful in life”

    Motivational Video on “How to be successful in life”

    This video is one of those motivational ones that has a cheesy soundtrack and a really over-the-top voice-over. Somehow, I like it.   Conversational startpoints Wish I could embed it right here but for some reason unknown to me it is blocked, in Cambodia. So is the Cambodia Daily, for what it’s worth. Interesting how…

  • ‘It is what it is’ and other ill-received office jargon in the United States

    Updated: May 14 I’ve been interested lately online in some forums that attract people who engage in conversations about how to present information well. There are certainly a lot of opinions out there, on ‘content value.’ It’s quite a curious thing. I don’t feel much like adding to the stashes of opinions by posting my…

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