I’m finally going to write about what I do for work.
It’s taken me a little while to figure out what I wanted to focus on, for 2020-2025. I have this five-year plan. They always ask you that in interviews, right? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I just went back and thought about all those five-year milestone moments, when I’d reflect, and find out what it is that the journeys have taught me. ‘Say Hello to DK,’ ‘Experiments in N+1’, ‘Practicing the Unknown, Uncertain and Different,’ and ‘Design + Discovery’ have, so far, been five-year blocked themes.
(See examples of projects completed in each of these phases, they’re listed towards the end of this page.)
I am focusing on the next five years on another theme, which I’ll talk about now. ‘Creativity + Innovation.’
Creativity + Innovation
Why this? These are just buzzwords, right? Actually we’ve come to a place where they can’t be, anymore.
This is why.
The rest of this post is at my personal site.
It’s this page: https://dipikakohli.com/what-i-do-best-is-this/
Last night, I was reading a bunch of extraordinarily boring articles online, which made me very tired, and also, reminded me all over again that the internet contains a lot of junk, written by clickbait-seeking who-knows-who, and their poorly paid ‘gig economy’ freelancers who are ‘finding my creative outlet on the side.’ This is sad. And this, too, the feeling that you couldn’t find anything really good to read without being bombarded by popup ads (2000s) or advertorials masquerading as ‘This is my honest opinion’ affiliate-link people, made me feel like starting my own mini-magazine. Which has no endorsements, ads, or BS.
Such a dearth of real-world, real-time information that I could discover, on the spot, also made me feel like hosting parties to get people together and seeing what we could find out, in the real world dimension, too. So that’s part of why I began to convene people in very small circles, in my conversation parties. It used to be really large-scale, but I found out I prefer simplicity. Depth, substance, and progressions over time. With just a few. This is why I make a membership-based thing called S P A C E. It’s so that we—we as in me, and the people who, like me, want what I want, ie quality–could get to the work of talking about things in ways that don’t waste people’s time.
Curating as I go, I’m putting together an August series for Papers, which is going to be about innovation, not in the business-speak sense, but in the live-it-and-talk-from-experience-of-actually-trying-things kind.
It will be published in S P A C E. It’s a special edition of S P A C E. It’s members-only. Memberhip costs. You can find out more about how to become a member of S P A C E at this crowdfunding page, under ‘perks,’ see ‘Basic Membership.’
Here’s a link.
Welcome to DK.
We invite you to try it.
For people who welcome, and value, that kind of thinking, as they look for new ways to approach old blockages, in an exploratory quest for: fresh approaches, unexpected perspectives, and dialogue through ‘discovery’ to precipitate ideas. Not everyone resonates. But about one in a hundred really do.
Creating space for remarkable and meaningful connexion is what we love, and why we do it is because it’s really fun to engage with people who truly enjoy the soft, social space that exists within three-d and even virtual bounded boxes of time. In which new and different other can connect, and interconnect, for an unexpected moment of deeply relating. We have done this a hundred times, in small and large settings, formally, informally, at home and for work. It’s just who we are. And it’s the sort of jam we love to be in, and so, we design to make it happen—to optimize and host for that. In short, the aesthetic moment.
And it works. So we’re still doing it. Twenty years, now, so.
DK is Design Kompany.
It was founded in Seattle by and Akira Morita in 2004.. Currently DK operates as a boutique, and is based in Phnom Penh and Saigon.
Today, the same core team are independent consultants in: innovation, design thinking, and experiential learning program design.
They assemble when it’s time to make something new.
A. Spaice is our research and development director.
Jas Plac handles all outreach and communications.
After a six-year hiatus, DK is ready to take on new design commissions.
Ask us about:
- Brand identity design (6 sessions)
- Concepting your new brand identity, consultation (2 sessions)
- Custom copywriting & photography for digital content
- Brand positioning, strategy & marketing consulting (8 sessions)
- Vietnamese-language brand identity design, in collaboration with our new teammates in Saigon (6 sessions)
- Website design + custom digital content + digital publishing
- Short courses for thinking about your brand, name, and image (view upcomings)
- Experiential workshop design + facilitation (custom)
View our work..
- ‘Expanding Windows’ experiential workshop for British Council of Vietnam, Dalat (2020)
- Atelier S P A C E two-year roving popup zinemaking workshops, conversations (2017-2019)
- ‘Self’, the unconference, experiential workshop for VIA Programs at Stanford, Palo Alto (2014)
- Naming, brand identity design for NUK coffee shop, Phnom Penh (2014)
- Brand identity design for Row House Cafe, Seattle (2011)
- Brand identity design for nightclub The Baltic Room, Seattle (2011)
- Naming, brand identity design for Hindsight Veterinary Care, Oregon (2011)
- Brand identity, naming and website for Matchbox Mobile (2008)
- Brand identity design for Joji Minatogawa Architects Inc, Seattle (2007)
- Brand identity design for Group3 Architects LLC, Seattle (2006)
- Brand identity design for Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Seattle (2006)
- Total rebrand for a Seattle newspaper, Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle (2007)
Have a project in mind ?
Contact us through the form here to get started.
20 years of DK..
All the things we’ve done before inform what we do today. Read about our experiential learning program design work, of late, and read our story from its origins, at this page >
That was cool, getting in touch and sharing, and hearing from you. Thanks! Been fun, conversing as we do, now and then, all this time.
When we met, I was in one of my many, many borrowed rooms assembling this issue of S P C, (left), which was the first of the series from Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia.
So many cool people, and connexions, and conversations happened on those roads, and I was grateful for the opportunity to get there, HT AM!, and to enjoy them. A different world now, right? Difficult to move about so freely. Guess I got lucky, going when I did.
Something told me… why not just go now ? Some timing though, really. Those were places that sort of left quite the impression. I was a little surprised with myself to prepone my trip by like a year (the writers’ residency I’ve been invited to be part of in Ventspils at the International Writers’ and Translators’ House was due to happen in November 2020). Not sure when I can get back for that, or if, so yeah. Glad to have gone and met you and others ! Lucky timing. (HT, another friend whose first initial is I…)
Who knew we would all be dealing with lockdowns in various spots around the world and a pandemic, at this time ?
I’m in Vietnam.
Currently in Vietnam..
Well, here I am, doing exactly the same work as I was when we had met. Good people are around me, here, too, and I’m lucky as heck to get to assemble new writings from their points of view, and images, too, which some have shared (like this cover!), and this time, some cool stuff: spatial organic design. I’ll put together all the credits, for sure, on the day we launch, and share more about each of our contributors, then. ;)
That’ll come out on 30 June, with the issue, ‘Start with Something Simple.’
Always happy to reconnect with you, I.
[Moving the rest of this to a protected-page.. I’ll post it tomorrow. Will send passcode then!]
A special edition today.
For newly registered guests of our online project, ‘Papers.’ (Waitlist.)
It’s called S P C | In the Cloud, ‘Special Edition: “There is no Next Time”‘.
More on email, for registered guests *only*. Thanks!
The science fiction series, ‘Uncertainty’, by A. Spaice continues this week with S P C | Phnom Penh, ‘Saturday,’ a fresh zine with a surprisingly light-on-the-eye set of vector images. They’re made by Dipika Kohli.
‘Can we play monopoly?’
‘Not right now.’
‘I have to fix a typo, right on the front page.’
‘It said science nonfiction, which, you know. It can’t be. Either it’s science fiction, which it is, or it’s nonfiction.’
‘Science nonfiction, well. That would be like, if you go to the moon, and there are aliens waiting for you.’
Discovering how to write in a different way (third-person) is part of DK’s new directions for 2020. We’re talking about it a lot in different places, but lightly, quietly and in just a very small inner circle. I can’t share where it’s going yet but I can tell you how it began. A writer’s workshop in southwest Ireland. Impersonating the instructor, kind of on a whim, in a surprising, unexpected move that we now understand is the hallmark of everything DK. Short. Sweet. And a little bit… wacky.
‘Wacky? What is this word?’ (This was at a new bar, about to change its name, in Aarhus, circa 2015).
‘See? What I meant was–‘
‘–WACKY. That’s it!! That’s the name for our new bar!!!’
‘Um, well, it’s not exactly–‘
I think, one who might be watching for a while the progressions of DK’s creative work, which has not been shared here much but is coming through loud and clear in this week’s zine, might simply recognize ‘Saturday’ as a natural step in the movement towards something tighter, clearer and of its own ilk.
Which, of course, we think is the point of making all this time, to see what might emerge. It’s a long story. [Deleted].
‘Just another thing in the evolution of D,’ as KE had once put it. Stars. Fractals. Chaos… those were their conversation topics, along with terrible jokes that no one else would laugh at besides KE and DK.
Catch a glimmer of a hint of what’s to come with S P C this year when you get this week’s issue.
S P C | Phnom Penh, ‘Saturday.’
Here’s a link.