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The clients that we’ve had over the last twenty years range quite a bit. So do the places we go. A constellation of people, conversations, ideas, and places have shaped our aesthetic, all this time. Some highlights:

Project work has mostly been graphic design-related, but sometimes this turns into brand strategy and brand messaging, too. That’s because as we delve into the process, a creative process DK put together after working with 50+ SMEs, people start to get interested in the experience of exploring. Designing and discovering go hand in hand, here. Let’s play is our tagline, and before that it was Anything is possible.

As a boutique, we work with just a handful of clients a year.

 


Phnom Penh


  • Newsletter rebrand + graphic design work. Here is the April 2024 issue that DK designed. A major goal of the newsletter redesign project was to make the salient points crystal clear. I really enjoyed making the Vietnam tradeflows page.

  • Naming and brand identity design for NUK Cafe.  The first project in Phnom Penh for Design Kompany was to come up with the ‘look and feel’ for a cafe that was going to be called ‘Snowman.’ Thanks to our pushback on that idea, and subsequent conversations in our six-step brand identity design process, that did not happen. It’s a lot of talking, at first. We don’t even get to the computer until well into the process of knowing ‘what it is you really want to say.’ Through that, DK came up with this name: NUK. Variations of the original brand identity design made here at DK are being used today, with expansions in other countries, I saw, but to clarify, DK’s only part was to create the initial logo and set things up for the company to grow into what it said it wanted to become.

    DK designs NUK. Here’s a detail of NUK specifications for usage, 2014

  • Menu editing and graphic update for Bello Trattoria. The best part of this small project was working with the owners of the longstanding restaurant that DK’s been going to since it started. The design goal wasn’t to redesign, not at all. Rather, it was to help the owners make it easy to self-update what was already in use. So, we made the new image, using what was on hand, working with it and sticking to the design goal of the client’s ability to self-direct future updates, from there. A few tweaks like a little more white space, consistency in typefaces, and photos slightly (only slightly) edited helped give it a small refresh. Small.

  • Brand identity design for Kismuth Books. This is another in-house project, something that involves writing and writing some more. Ten years of it, and just as many short eBooks in the memoir format for people who like to travel and learn as they go, on the road, with an openness to listening out for new perspectives and a readiness to learn from those we never imagined we might cross paths with, who could teach us a thing or two.

Seattle


  • Brand identity design for A1A Inc. This was a straightforward design for one of our clients who later also hired DK for another project. The six-step process to get to the design is tried-and-true and our client knew this, and didn’t want to waste any time. So, we did that, getting straight to the work of creating new business cards, business stationery (which we were all still using in those days, on paper), and brand identity for him.

  • Rebranding for Baltic Room. One of DK’s best projects in Seattle, this was a total rebrand of a favorite nightclub in Capitol Hill.

  • Rebranding for Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. This one came to us when the chamber of commerce was looking for an update and found Design Kompany, just a few steps away, as we were based in Capitol Hill for the full six years we were in Seattle. The business card re-design was something DK put together with the brand identity design are these:

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  • Brand identity design for C’ODA Design Build. A fantastic architect asked DK to find the look and feel for a company she wanted to start for herself. Maybe it was because we clicked right away.

  • Brand identity design for D+A Studio. Another architect hired DK to create a new brand identity for them when they were moving to Seattle to open a new office there. It went so well, we moved in. This is our front office with both their logo on it, and ours from those days.


    Design Kompany’s first office in Seattle, shared space with one of our our clients D+A Studio. Photos by Laura Totten, this was a setup for ‘Dazzle,’ a show of her work at our space. Great moment. Great memories. // Seattle, 2006

  • Brand identity design for Joji Minatogawa Architects. A fantastic thinker and inquirer, Joji Minatogawa hired DK after seeing this office storefront, as DK recalls. We worked together through our six-step brand identity design process to come up with a look and feel that would embody the image he wanted to convey after many years of professional projects in Seattle.

  • Naming and brand identity design for Loom, a foundation. This was a project that we worked in a very collaborative way with the client on, and the results are a joint effort of thoughtfulness, creativity, and conversation with meaning.


  • Naming and brand identity design for Matchbox Mobile, A new name and a new look for a company that worked in developing software. To go with a name that better stood for what they said they really were valuable to their clients for, namely sparking something new, DK worked with them to come up with a fresh brand identity design suite. This included business cards, letterhead, and a website. Though the company is using a different design now, and is under new leadership, they’ve kept the name ‘Matchbox’ that DK came up with for them, way back in 2008.

  • Rebranding for Seattle’s Northwest Asian Weekly. One of the most memorable projects was this total rebrand on the 25th anniversary’s eve for a local icon. Experience with small presses made it possible to create templates for page designs along with a new masthead and the brand identity design that continues to be used today, digitally, even though the printed papers don’t come out anymore.

 


West Cork


  • Brand identity design for Atlantic School of English + Active Leisure, Schull. The second-ever brand identity design project of DK’s, this was in 2000. Last I checked, it is still in use today.

  • Graphic design for the 028 telephone directory for Eagle Print, Skibbereen. Probably the best company DK’s ever worked for, the owners of this company gave full creative autonomy to DK sometimes and this is where DK also learned the ropes of how to run a small business. We created logos there, docket books, and many ads for the local telephone directory designed to be easier to use than the bulky ‘Golden Pages’ that was in use in those days. Eagle Print also referred DK to solopreneurs, so DK got to try making our first few brand identity designs there, for Trag Knits and Skibbereen Tool Hire.

  • Layout design as a staff designer for the weekly paper West Cork Advertiser, Clonakilty. This is where, after almost two years, DK got handy with InDesign. It was a startup newspaper that needed a hand with making things get to done, and the production process that DK uses today for our weekly e-mag project was built, mistake by learning curve mistake, over the time DK spent with the small team getting workflows smoothed out and learning how to collaborate across disciplines, too. A wonderful graphic design experience.

 


Raleigh-Durham


  • Brand messaging for Green Plus, Durham NC. Working in Durham NC after being out of town for ten years, DK was surprised to receive an email asking if design work would be possible for this nonprofit. Though nonprofit work was not in our client list, it was a unique opportunity to help the small team re-imagine its brand strategy. This was our first ‘brand message’ design project that was completed to the end, which meant a website refresh and a brochure using all the work we had done with Green Plus to think about audience, tone, and message.  The story of their company, ‘Nuts and Bolts of doing Green.’

  • Brand identity design for New Hope Acupuncture, Durham NC. An acupuncturist interested in branding and design worked with DK to create a new brand identity, using DK’s classic six-step process to do so. Here it is on the website.

 

Thinking about rebranding?

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Brand identity design projects start from $2.6K for solopreneurs, and from $5.5K for SME owners.