In Say Hello to DK, four clients share what they got from working with DK.
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Welcome to Design Kompany.
We exist to help you design your legacy. People who most enjoy working with us are somehow creative themselves, and love exploration, inspiration, and ideas.
Here’s what we believe:
- “Design thinking” matters much more than mere “appliqué”
- A serious process to hone a brand message unveils a clearer sense of personal identity, too
- This leads to a feeling of knowing what a life’s purpose is. (See STEER, an e-course for individuals)
- You can take charge of the life you want to lead, once you know where you want to go
- An anti-corporate kind of energy and inspiration.
Why this is important
One solid, brilliantly composed and authentically rooted idea. Our clients tell us to know this is powerful.
People make sweeping changes as a result: leaving their job, making more time for their families, or selling one business in order to focus more tightly on another.
Getting them there is what we love to do. It’s what we’re great at, too.
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What people are saying about Design Kompany
“We started just looking for a logo and ended up learning so much more about ourselves and what we want to share through our business. The process forced us to look inward, clarify our goals and values, and then communicate with the folks we love to work with.” —Arborist Erica Strein, Aerial Treeworks, Durham 2013
When we set out to work with DK, I did not expect the level of passion, commitment, and rigor that Dipika and Akira brought to the creative process. They pushed us to think big and zero in on the meaning and contribution our organization uniquely brings. While some design teams are truly (and exclusively) artists, DK brought business savvy to the table, understanding the value of knowing your customer and building your branding and communications around them and your core value. They were tireless in delivering a high quality product. Where some designers would have said, “good enough,” DK doubled down to produce something magical. —Operations expert Sarah Kate Fishback, Green Plus, Durham 2011
We are thankful for you both and the great help you have been to us! What we did for Loom was wonderful on so many levels, and I ADORE the results! —Philanthropy organization director Karen Hust, Loom, Seattle 2012
You guys rock! —Entrepreneur Sean Patrick, Million Monarchs, Portland 2010
Money well spent! Thanks again for such terrific work. It all looks great! The envelopes look especially cool, really eye-catching and novel. Cheers all around and thanks for the millionth time. —Veterinarian Dr. Michael Salewski, Hindsight, Seattle 2010
Setting out to launch a new organization, our board and staff were appropriately all over the map about what we’d call it. Design Kompany gave us synergistic tools to get us all to the same place and of the same mind. We wouldn’t be who we are without Design Kompany’s expertise and facilitation. —Legislative aide David Yeaworth, Allied Arts of Seattle, 2008
DK is a skilled facilitator and creative thinker who worked with our organization on our re-branding and mission. I recommend Dipika and her partner Akira for any organization going through a re-branding process. —Project coordinator Ezra Basom, Allied Arts of Seattle, 2008
You guys really helped us out with finding our niche, —International sales director Richard Stott, Matchbox Mobile, Seattle 2008
Thank you again for your patience and creativity in guiding the design process and for producing such beautiful branding for us. —Project coordinator Karen Armstead, The Broader View, Seattle 2008
I really am pleased with the work the three of us did. The logo is a perfect fit for our company. —Company president Dave Eva, A1A Inc., Seattle 2008
Thank you so much for all your hard work, everything came together so well Owner Anna Mihkels, Group3 Architects LLC, Seattle 2007
Wow! It’s catchy. —Entrepreneur Bill Harding, Bonanzle, Seattle 2007. (Today, Bonanzle is “Bonanza.”)
I love working with the new design–it’s much more beautiful and easier to assemble as well. —Creative director Ann-Marie Stillon, NW Asian Weekly, Seattle 2007
Our invitations turned out to be more beautiful, elegant and sophisticated than we imagined they could be. —Writer and design-savvy Carol Vu, wedding invitation design, Seattle 2007
Love it. I really like the freshness of it. Most health care stuff is too somber, serious, wonkie, depressing or obvious drug company marketing hype. —Former government legislator Terry Gardiner, MyVoucher, Seattle 2007
Akira and Dipika at Design Kompany recently came to the rescue of our new organization. They helped us build our new identity and brand, and the whole process was FUN! I have years in marketing, PR and I learned a lot working with DK. Their methodical, creative, curious approach was refreshing and productive. When we were tempted to incorporate too much, they’d gently guide us back to our own mission. When we got confused, they got us back on track. Their ability to work at both a birds-eye and granular level concurrently impressed me and I’d work with them again in a heartbeat! —Project coordinator Amani Ellen Loutfy, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Seattle 2006
I had a great experience working with Akira and Design Kompany. His designs and input played a valuable role in growing the business. The website he produced is clean and concise, the logo looks great, and the business cards inspire compliments from everyone who receives one. I learned a lot from participating in Design Kompany’s idea charettes and have continued to incorporate those ideas into my own creative process with much success. I would highly recommend working with Akira and Design Kompany. —Architecture designer Sarah Marsh, D+A Studio, Seattle 2006
Your touch is really delicate and modern. Quite lovely. —Event coordinator Ponzi Pirillo, Gnomedex, Seattle 2007
Thanks DK for getting me going- I needed a plan and you helped me formulate one. I’ve created a online business with your help. —Artist Nancy Schutt, Good Dog Art, Seattle 2007
We’re confident we could not improve on this and will not need to update for many years. Many thanks for all your hard work and professionalism. —Owner Barbara Connelly, Atlantic School of English and Active Leisure, Co. Cork, Ireland 2004
Dipika and Akira are an excellent team and that they offer customers a great and above all original stand out design service, allied to a world savvy understanding of what you need to do to get noticed in the busy world we all live in… wonderful people to work with! ;0) — Onwer Kieran Hanrahan, Modern Business Training Services, Co. Mayo, Ireland 2002
I’m convinced ALL of the people who’ve hired Design Kompany since 1995 do it for one reason. They have a strong gut feeling about us.
We love seeing people get to that “a-ha” moment.
It’s how we got to know one another as a couple, in fact, because inspired each other over a t-shirt design and a particular style of handwriting that could have been taken as a postmodern typeface. “The font people,” someone said many years later. “You’re the ones who fell for each other over fonts.”
Now we invite you into our much more intricate, more tightly woven, and more YOU-driven creative process, to discover with us as we go.
Design is making meaning.
Let’s start where you are. And then, set an intention. Clear clutter.
But more than that, what we care about isn’t just white space. It’s about distillation.
Distilling to find essence is what we do for people. Here’s a video with four of our clients sharing their candid thoughts on working with us.
DK wants to see you fulfill your greatest potential.
By helping you articulate what you do, and what you’re GREAT at.
We want to build brands for people that are building legacies, not just conduits of monetary exchange.
It starts when owners are clear about what they stand for. Why they do their work. Who it’s for.
And who changes as a result.
Do you know?
Maybe you’re going through some reshuffling. Changing offices. Staff.
You’re in that stage where you know by now what you’re good at, but the brand hasn’t been updated. Yet.
That’s why you’re here.
And you see that there’s an opportunity.
To define yourself with greater clarity.
You want to make a difference.
Have an impact.
Leave a legacy.
Ready to build one?