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DK makes S P A C E

'Let's spotlight and existify a New Art.'

The art of human relationship.

S P A C E is for us
to find remarkable connexion.
with new and different others.

Why make S P A C E?
So we can work better, together.
Engage with meaning.
Listen to those whom we don't yet know.
Understand new perspectives.
Explore. Learn. Create and co-create.
Importantly: Care.

And in so doing, become better versions of our selves.

S P A C E is for all of us.

But mostly,



Publication schedule

WINTER 2018-19

'A Philosophy of the Moment'

Every Tuesday at 7AM USEST.

4 Dec

S P A C E | Kärsämäki, 'The Book of Slow Moment'

11 Dec

S P A C E | Oulu, 'Kesärakkausjuttu'

18 Dec

S P A C E | Phnom Penh, 'Angle of Incidence'


1 Jan

S P A C E | Tampere, 'Miia'

8 Jan

S P A C E | Kyoto, 'One Moment Cafe'

15 Jan

S P A C E | Helsinki, 'Coat Check'

22 Jan

S P A C E | Brussels, 'The Work of Art'

29 Jan

S P A C E | Aarhus, 'Janteloven'

5 Feb

S P A C E | Rovaniemi, 'Arctic Circle''

12 Feb

S P A C E | Berlin, 'Strange Geometries'

19 Feb

S P A C E | Singapore, 'The Prospect of Beauty'

26 Feb

S P A C E | Malmö, 'Vakt'

A new humanism: empathy, trust

All of this 'spacemaking' stuff started with a salon in 2004 in Seattle, 'Flourish: what is the role of the artist?' We gathered: neighbors, friends, clients, colleagues, and even competing design studios to talk, together, in dialogue, exploring an important (but oft unvisited) query. In those days, ‘In pursuit of beauty,’ and ‘In search of meaning’ used to be categories on our blog. At the start our vision was, ‘Anything is possible.’

  • Today we're making S P A C E. More and more important in today's shifting geopolitics, we feel, is quality space for *new* and *different* others to discover each other.
  • Since 2014 we've been writing and publishing the weekly eZine S P A C E, from Cambodia's Phnom Penh.
  • How we got here is another story, a year of 'seeking' and 'practicing the new, uncertain, and different,' that you can find outlined in our 2012 'Year of Dialogue' project. A time of searching for 'voices from the margins', in order to share real stories about real people from 'the field' through the Letters from Kismuth project.
  • S P A C E is for those who are curious, and seeking meaning, to learn something new about where and how others, in other places, think and live,
  • S P A C E is a way for us to begin to connect and dialogue together in our forums, salons, and real life moments. To find common ground, to connect and interconnect, and even co-publish new zines. Together.
  • But mostly, S P A C E is for us to discover... you. To meet, to converse, and through creative processes we've explored and built over the years (iterating, tweaking, the usual things you do in the work of design). But also, above all, S P A C E quests S P A C E. It wants to make a firm place what DK feel is tantamount for true collaboration that really works. If we all want to make better work and live in a way that invites query, search, seeking, connecting deeply, and introspection that comes of all this, we need more S P A C E to play.


Here's what it will cost to make December, January and February's collection, 'A Philosophy of the Moment,' for S P A C E | Winter 2018-19.

Layout and Design: USD 3K
Atelier materials: USD 200
Research: USD 2K
Talent hire (artists, writers, photographers, etc): USD 2K
Admin: USD 200
Photocopying & Postage: USD 200

Total needed: USD 7.6K


Design Kompany LLC's investment: USD 2.0K


Campaign goal: 5.6K

Why 'zines?'

‘Zines*’ remind us that at the end of the day, we get to create and write our own stories. The stories of our lives—the stories that remind us who we really are. DK are makingthese kinds of zines.

Offline. Without distraction.

*What are zines? Photocopied short publications we make ourselves and give our friends or our community. Such personal pieces give us a tangible grip on the here and now.

Creative team

Michael Bridgett, Jr. | Jānis Žguts | Dipika Kohli

Learn more about DK

Processed Identity | GOOD | TEDx | Ignite Raleigh

UNC-Chapel Hill | ThisBigCity | NPR

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Team Members

Dipika Kohli

Jānis Žguts

Michael Bridgett, Jr.


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