Experiments in Expression · Relational Aesthetics · The Muse

Welcome to Autumn Leaves

Good morning and good evening, wherever you are in the world, from Phnom Penh. Atelier S P A C E is working on #autumnleaves, for this next season. We are ready to share soon.

A chapter of shifts. Of time, release, and changes. Of acceptance, of poetry, of watching leaves fall. We will work with friends in Vietnam and Cambodia, perhaps also Thailand and further afield, who are interested in: jazz; cuisines of Vietnam;, and the magic moment that happens when you slow down enough to really listen. Thoải mái và an toàn.

More at this page: http://designkompany.wix.com/studiola

To be continued for members of S P A C E, who will be invited to attend exclusive events in real life, and virtually, from August 26. Thank you.


Creativity & Innovation

Why brainstorming is important for great design thinking

I found a Stanford University article, ‘How Design Thinking Improves Creative Process.’ Maybe it’s interesting to you to see this snippet?

Here’s the excerpt.

Why is brainstorming a good way to generate new ideas?

‘Great ideas — those that solve a problem in a unique way — usually happen when two old ideas meet together for the first time. Great ideas are not new ideas. They are usually a combination of existing ideas. And that’s where brainstorming is powerful because it brings together people with different experiences so they can all merge their ideas together… Design thinking becomes effective because it promotes that collaborative approach. It brings people from different parts of the organization together for their different knowledge, expertise, and input on how to solve a problem. By combining those ingredients together, you can come up with new and creative ways to solve a problem.

Here’s a link.



Creativity & Innovation

‘Let’s play’

Sure, I’ll spell it out. What we do, here.

  • Innovation consulting, for businesses and NGOs. (What does that mean? It’s a way to say let’s find the new, next thing. Together. The way we lead the conversations is more about discovering your way towards an insight you don’t even know yet, what it is. Because you don’t know what you don’t know, right? So this is where we can help. Design Kompany gives you a way to look within, and our 15+ years of experience in journalism to ask good questions, plus design for dozens of clients, helped us build the toolkit of how to do that well, for you. Use this service for consulting with DK to organically and naturally hit on your Next Big Idea. Save time!, and get to a new thing by talking over what is even possible.) [$$]
  • Graphic design + brand identity, for business owners who have been operating for 5+ years. This is pretty straightforward if you are interested in re-designing what it is you are saying to the world about your ‘why’.’ It’s important to know that, and so we dig deep to get to the ‘unique value proposition.’ And then, we get to designing what it might look like, for you. Six sessions. [$$$]
  • Design thinking workshops, designed for team-building, company groups or educators. It was a natural progression after we worked with a few people on identity design to be asked to deliver short workshops over several hours or several days, on how to think in creative ways. Zoom out. Get clear after you brainstorm and consider myriad angles. There is more to blog about this topic, for sure. Will do that. [$]
  • I write Kismuth. My eWorshops in reflection, designed for individuals who are ready to start new things. Most of the people that I talk to on email these days are part of the ongoing conversations since 2014, to weekly prompts, that are designed to help you find your way to insight by journaling it out. Together. Kismuth is my writing site. [$]

Above are examples are the kinds of commissions DK are working on, currently.

New things ahead for the fall.

Naturally. Changing and growing, all the time. Agile is like that. I found something today that reminded me of how DK started anyway and why people said they liked being part of my studio’s programs, workshops, conversation parties, and even becoming clients. ‘You’re having fun.’

Fun is the point of it.


Innovation starts with play

According to A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change‘s authors, play is key. Douglas Thomas co-authored it with John Seely Brown.

Wikipedia says Thomas’ research was funded by several foundations and focuses on the relationship between virtual worlds and civic engagement and digital media and learning. Here is an excerpt:

‘What happens to learning when we move from the stable infrastructure of the twentieth century to the fluid infrastructure of the twenty-first century, where technology is constantly creating and responding to change? The answer is surprisingly simple.

‘Ironically, the relentless pace of change that is responsible for our disequilibrium is also our greatest hope. A growing digital, networked infrastructure is amplifying our ability to access and use nearly unlimited resources and incredible instruments while connecting with one another at the same time. However, the type of learning that is going on as a result looks so different from the kinds of learning described by most educational theorists that it is essentially invisible.’

Let’s discover more. Let’s connect. Let’s start talking. And let’s play.

Anyone in Phnom Penh who is curious about this, can register for The Third Place, here.


A Philosophy of the Moment · The Muse

‘Oh, can I read it?’ (When to say no.)

Creative and artistic? Cool. Welcome to this blog.

I want to talk about sharing. Not social media, but behind-the-scenes sharing, when you are trying to decide if you should get some feedback, creatively, or not. It’s so hard.

Maybe you haven’t had much exploring time yet for your creative works, whether they are bits of writing, poems, or something more illustrative and visual. Or maybe you have. Maybe you think you’ve found a go-to person for sharing things that aren’t quite ready to press ‘go’ on and publish into the world.

Or maybe you think you have, but actually, they don’t have your best interests in mind. And you find out, somewhere along the way, and it doesn’t feel good to notice that, hey, after all that, they really wanted you to fail. All of us will encounter this persona in our lives. The hard part will be to recognize it for what it is. Here is an example.

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