From Sept. 2017-Sept. 2019, DK traveled to cities of Southeast Asia and Northern Europe to look for new people we did not know yet and invite them to co-create with us to make ‘zines.’

Next is next. See the crowdfunding page for 2020. More below about the process.

S P C by DK

S P C is a weekly ‘zine’ (pronounced ZEEN), or mini-magazine. It’s published by Design Kompany, or ‘DK’.

 

ZINES. More than 50 zines are in our online store. They are created with people DK has discovered on many journeys.

These began with a specific project, Atelier S P A C E, which was designed and carried out solely in order to look for the new. As such, DK worked with this highly curious and inquisitive set of people. Teams created zines in popup, small-scale events in Atelier S P A C E. The series took place from Sept. 2017-Sept. 2019. This happened in, for example: Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Latvia, Slovakia, and Finland.

DK’s creative director, Dipika Kohli, led this effort.

Co-creating in S P C was the intent. It still is. Going forward, there are a few ways for newcomers to be a part of this experience. For example:

 

S P C 
2017-2019

Contributing
writers & artists
2018-2019

Boss
Michael Bridgett, Jr.
Lee Moore Crawford
Paavo Heinonen
Saqib Jan
Alexis Jokela
Ilyas Kassam
Dipika Kohli
Akira Morita
Benjamin Nwaneampeh
Aske Pedersen
Ronan Kyle Peterson
Nils don Sihvola
Rastislav Somora
A. Spaice
Kan Tomizawa
Reijo Valta
Stacia Yearwood
Jānis Žguts

Concept design &
art direction
2018

Michael Bridgett, Jr.
Dipika Kohli
Jānis Žguts

Approach & Evolutions

We wanted to connect with people we did not know. We also wanted to interconnect those who didn’t know each other.  In conversational, low-key dialogue-spaces. If things went well, we might make an issue together of our mini-mag, S P A C E. That was the idea. Some of the time it worked, kind of. Most of the time it was learning, by doing, much in the way every project has been for us at DK. We are all about ‘learning by doing’ and the experiential portions of all our client works, too. It’s how it is for us: it’s our life.

Well, it went all kinds of directions from the original intent, but there’s a lot more to report behind-the-scenes if we have a chance to sit down and have a long chat, in person. Because the emergent story was always the best kind. Not preplanned, just let to happen.

If and when.

It made itself.

Not always, but sometimes.

And that is how we did the things in S P A C E, to make these zines in our online store.

MEANINGFUL CONNEXION. DK may yet lead the effort to create S P C zines, but it will depend on who says ‘yes’ to our invitations, if there is enough variation in the applications so that we can create something interesting, and if DK gathers enough material to work with to put together issues that have… depth, and meaning.

 

Special thanks to

Blue Star Guesthouse Kanchanaburi
Cafe Onni Kärsämäki
The Coco’nuts Rīga
Feeka Coffee Roasters Kuala Lumpur
AIR Frosterus Kärsämäki
Jade Hotel Huế
Gader Guitars Blatnica
Guests of ‘Slow Moment’ & ‘The Mirror’
Kahvila Tuokio Oulu
Kaltio Magazine Oulu
kuš! Comics Rīga
Benjamin Nwaneampeh London
Oulu Arts Festival Oulu
Roberts Books Rīga
Rosa Hostel Đà Lạt
Sii Coffee Hanoi
Supporters of our #spacethezine crowdfunding campaign
XuAn Studio Hanoi
Zina Olehnoviča Tortik Time Rīga

 

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Feature photo: BOSS / 2019