City Focus: Townsville

Hats off to PechaKucha Night Townsville who deserve this week's City Focus. At their recent Vol. 12, they shared their experience as PechaKucha Organizers. About of their PKN one attendee said, "I'm hooked...Who could imagine that 8 talks on such diverse topics would be so interesting!"

PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol 21

Bullseye on this on-target poster for PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana's upcoming vol. 21. Excited to have their presentations added to their online archive of creativity. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, check out more imaginative designs on our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr.

PK People: Our HQ Interns!

Where would we be without our PK HQ interns?!?! With 100+ PechaKucha Nights each month, uploading 50+ presentations each week, we wouldn't be able to keep up! To this semester's crew - Danna and Brad - and all our past interns, and your participating universities, a Big PechaKucha Thank you!

Presentation of the Day

"We are trying to mix paper and digital"

In Augmented Paper from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137, Julie Stephen Chheng and Thomas Pons share their recent art collaboration. Stephen Chheng is a graphic designer and Pons, an animation director. They work on projects mixing paper, book design and new technology. In Japan, they work on a project called Uramado: windows in augmented reality.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Take Time to Stop, Take a Photo, and REALLY See the World

BY KSENIA ZIZINA
@ VOL 11 ON JUN 16, 2016

"In a very fast paced world, I think film is a very good tool to learn how to stop for a moment and acknowledge it."

In Take Time to Stop, Take a Photo, and REALLY See the World from PechaKucha Night London Vol. 11Ksenia Zizina shares how shooting film makes her better at seeing and appreciating the world. Zizina is a designer with a passion for all things creative - architecture, photography, art, design, travel - you name it! She works in architectural practice and uses the rest of her time to make photographs. Photography has become second nature for Zizina. It is an essential part of her 'storytelling' which involves preparing the film stock, shooting, developing negatives, scanning and archiving. She considers all parts as one creative approach to photography.

Ksenia not only shares some of her beautiful images but also conveys her passion for all the small and interesting aspects of the world and how taking photos helps her appreciate these things. By the end, you will want to pull out your camera and take some snaps of your community, your environment, and your world!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, July 28th, 2016. 

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Today's Agenda

BY DARIUS STEWARD
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 18, 2016

"As Blacks, where do we go? Are we moving forward?"

In Today's Agenda from PechaKucha Night Cleveland Vol. 27, Artist Darius Steward shares his artwork and explains the role that it has in conversations of blackness, injustice and racism.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016. 

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The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight

BY CHRIS HAWLEY
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."

In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.

The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffalo╩╝s downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 27th, 2016. 

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Human Centered Design

BY BAS VAN HOEVE
@ VOL 26 ON JAN 14, 2016

"For this project, I particularly looked at the things that those children could do instead of what they couldn’t." 

In Human Centered Design from PechaKucha Night Shanghai Vol. 26Bas van Hoeve explains what inspires him when he's designing: people. He doesn't design just to create something nice or beautiful; he hopes his products actually help people. Don't just focus on the best paying customers, also pay attention to those most in need of specialized design.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, July 25th, 2016.