We are a two-person studio with a giant toolkit of ways to help you discover meaning in life and work. We’ve been working together for 20 years with people in Europe, Asia, and on both US coasts.
After projects large and small to look for the heart of people’s innermost stories, we’ve discovered a secret.
Ready for it? It’s this.
Here’s what you can discover on this page:
- How to find clarity of intent in life and business. See STEER.
- How to discover a common vision when working in teams. See FOCUS.
- How to extract a clear concept from a slew of inputs. See MESSAGING.
- How to articulate and express that with clarity, precision, and even beauty. See LEGACY.
- Why DK is uniquely positioned to be your guide. See OUR STORY.
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First things first. What are your core values?
How to be proactive and stop a slow death in its tracks?
Start with knowing who you are, deeply and completely.
We created the 4-week online coaching program STEER to help you do just that. STEER was the result of eight years of thinking with lots of kinds of people, in both small groups and individually, about the meaning of their work. What often started as a brand design project led to new insights that showed people something about themselves they never realized, and helped them make strong decisions about where to take their next big life step.
Some people made huge decisions about their personal relationships, others switched career tracks, and still others found confirmation in trusting their gut was, after all, right. Knowing thyself, we’ve always said for brand design and legacy-making work, is the primary step towards getting to where you really want to be. Sometimes the work to dive in and explore is just the right thing to discover what that is. Check out this page to see what people are saying, and how to join the conversations that are going on right now.
Next is FOCUS.
Focus, focus, focus: Finding the core of the heart of the thing
FOCUS is our online coaching workshop that’s about how to take the insights gleaned from STEER yet a step further. It’s a way to apply some of what you’ve discovered about your core values and apply those into action steps for how to life your values. They say happiness is living your values, and we totally believe that, too. It shows up on the lines of people’s faces if they’re not happy: they’re not doing something that makes them come alive, with vigor and vitality. But if they are, they seem young and vivacious, full of energy.
FOCUS is a toolkit of exercises and coaching sessions will help you get very clear about the how of making a change. We’ll design the tracks with you and for you, in a way that business coaches can’t and don’t. See some of our work at our portfolio page to learn what we’ve done for others who want to press the “refresh” button on life, and work.
Design, after all, is all about making meaning. Knowing your “why.” But, how?
Messaging: the thing we learned from Henry Ford
Want to know a secret?
How to find your focus isn’t all that hard. There are just two steps.
- Know your “why.”
- Live your values.
Since design, ultimately, is about making meaning, we can apply some of our tools to help you sort out the important bits from what’s just clutter.
Our work isn’t about type and layout. It’s about lifting the essence of a thing and expressing it beautifully. It’s why we love Dali’s “The Dream” and An Die Musik and that crazy cool exhibition park outside of Tokyo you have to fly to on the Yurikamome line, and roller coasters. Someone figured something out, and articulated it so neatly that there’s no question about any bit of it, there’s nothing that just doesn’t fit.
Messaging starts with clarifying the concept, and coming up with words and images to help express it in a tone and style that’s right. See our portfolio to read what we’ve been able to do for others.
Legacy-making starts with critical thinking. What’s your legacy?
When you are asked, “tell me about yourself,” does it terrify you? I mean, do you find yourself grabbing whatever’s on the top of your mind to ramble for a few paragraphs about the latest, newest, or most flashy-sounding soundbite at hand?
Deep breath. The secret is this.
It doesn’t have to be hard.
But who has time?
Enter Dr. Seuss. Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
Ever read this book? If you haven’t, please stop here and go read this book.
Now that that’s done, I’ll tell you one thing. Most people don’t want to talk about legacy. Their purpose. That big stuff. It’s too… hard. It’s hard! Yes, of course it’s hard. But it’s like starting something that you know is important. It’s often the things we care about most that we save until last.
But sometimes, there’s not that much time left.
(Here’s the video.)
Clarifying your purpose is big, big stuff.
Huge. Super huge.
But once you start to ask the questions, the concept makes itself apparent. Ever get lost in a piece of writing or a doodle, not realizing when you discover yourself coming up with a totally unrelated solution to something else? Our subconscious can tell us so much. It takes a skilled hand to guide us there, though. In my work at Design Kompany, I’ve discovered that often, people start off saying, “I need to refresh my website,” or “I’m moving to a new address so I need business cards.” But what happens is something deeper. Just by talking about the “why” of work, people find out something even more important.
A core purpose.
A reason for being here.
Which leads us to talk, openly and honestly, about legacy.
Why does the work you do matter? What’s in it for you? What legacy do you hope to leave at the end of all this, when they call your number?
For us at DK, helping people start to think about setting an intention about legacy is big. Art and beauty and meaning are huge for us. Super huge. DK didn’t get on stage at TEDx Raleigh because we like talking about death and endings. We got there to talk about life and new beginnings. About Tagore, Planck, uncertainty, and the contrast. We live more fully in life if we can pay attention to the breaths we have.
Purpose-making. Finding meaning.
We really believe this: desig is about making meaning.
We woudn’t be able to do the work of Design Kompany if discovering a life purpose wasn’t something people need. More than 500 people have been part of the process, and have shifted, because of the work we’ve done together to dig deep for a clear, bright concept.Finding the clarity. Knowing what counts. Saying it clearly, to the world, but more importantly, to each one of us, individually, too. Knowing our “why.”
See our portfolio to read what we’ve been able to do for others.
New in 2014! Coaching and workshops: DK&U
After 20 years of discovering and articulating brand stories for CEOs, Executive Directors and solopreneurs, DK is excited to bring our wheelhouse to a wider circle.
This year, we are focusing on a very special and newly designed series of new workshops, DK&U< that are combinations and permutations of: personal coaching, group conversation space-making, and online teaching sessions. See below to find out more about our story.
Sugh giant questions, about purpose and stuff. But that’s what design is for.
To make sense of a soup of ideas and stray comments, and give the color that emerges some form. A clean, easy to understand shape.
That’s all. This is really a kind of design. Designing your life. But it takes some stuff. People who know how to help you discover it, for example. That essence stuff, I mean. Designing well is to simplicate and add lightness. Henry Ford said that. Like we said at the start, real efficiency isn’t about how smoothly you get from A to B. It’s knowing where Z is.
Real efficiency starts with gaining clarity on what it is you want to say. And designing clean is saying that exact thing—once you know what it is, of course—very simply.
DK—that’s Dipika Kohli and Akira Morita–exists for one purpose.
To help you simplicate.
Simplify, and add lightness
Our two-person team gets rid of noise. Excess baggage that’s keeping you from telling your story without garbled, cumbersome clutter.
We are in Southeast Asia now, have been moving about with one less suitcase every time we have to cross a border. It’s weird, but it’s the analog version of what we do for Design Kompany clients.
But not just editing.
Editing with intention. Consideration. Clarity. In search of the golden nugget of the thing that makes a story beautiful.
Who said beauty is dead? No. Not so long as we’re each alive, in search of realizing our fullest potential.
And that doesn’t mean editing everything to leave you contentless.
It means peeling back layers to uncover meaning at the center.
Of your work. Of your life, even, if you want to get philosophical with us.
But let’s start at the top.
Maybe you can relate to one of these things:
Super complex idea?
Let DK help you simplify.
Here’s a quick slideshare to give you an example: cleaning up writing.
Say it Simple. Viewed more than 2,000 times on Slideshare.
Our work so far’s been in stuff like: Journalism. Tourism. Traveling. Meeting a lot of different kinds of people who all have vastly wide ideas about life, and purpose. Parenting. Shaping the world of creative thinking by discovering what matters, what works, what doesn’t, and trying and failing more times than we’d care to admit. Mostly, though, on the gut instinct of steering the conversation in ways that help other people realize insights—all on their own.
It’s magic, really.
It’s pure and beautiful when you see the crest of the wave, because you know after some time how it is when people are about to figure something major out. Maybe I am good at this because I come from a family of psychiatrists. Maybe I’m good at it because I turned out fairly normal even though I come from a family of psychiatrists. But partnering with my level-headed husband Akira Morita back when we met, in 1994, has definitely added oomph to the repertoire of DK’s toolkit.
People in Europe, Asia, and both US coasts have told DK that our process is surprisingly revealing and often can’t believe how big a shift internally they soon take. Many are couples in business together. Most are highly achievement-oriented and receptive to new ways of thinking. Almost all sent us a card when we added a new team member:
Are you ready to discover the real core of who you are, what you do, and why it matters? Of course these are giant questions, but they can be tackled. It just takes starting. The journey of a thousand miles and first steps and stuff.
To make it easier, we offer a free 20-minute consultation by phone or Skype. That can happen when we get whatever you decide to write in this box. Individuals are welcome, and so are groups.
How can we help you?
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