“This particular American company commissioned an American-born Finnish man to create a character for their seasonal sales event…”

Product and industrial designer Juho Viitasalo takes to the stage for a special exercise examining the branding behind Christmas. In “Branding Christmas” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 120, he discusses the origins of Santa Claus, Coca-Cola’s role in the holiday, and the expectations set by companies from all over.

“We came up with this when we were ice fishing — the idea was to pull artists up from below the surface.”

South Dakota natives Jeff Ballard, Mitch Torbert, and Hunter Murphy discuss their burgeoning zine project: The Local Artist. In “The Local Artist” from PKN Sioux Falls Vol. 11, they speak on their efforts to expose local artists to the public, and cultivate the growth of the creative industry in their home state.

What's a dhurrie?

Marcus Åhren is co-founder of a design studio named Oyyo.

In “Oyyo’s Dhurries” from a special PechaKucha x Artek event, we see that his studio designs and sells Dhurries (similar to rugs). To make these dhurries, they employ 20 weavers in India and use special vegetable dyes for coloring. Watch to learn why and how they do what they do.


“We used genetic algorithms to iterate through thousands of designs to find which one worked the best — it’s really an analogy to evolution.”

Technology Futurist at Autodesk Jordan Brandt speaks on the tools designers use to get their ideas out into the world. In “Tools for Design” from a special Tokyo Designers Week 2014 edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 118 Jordan speaks about the power of the cloud, iterative design processes, synthetic biology and building machines and experiences for tomorrow.

Hong Kong is about to meet Swedish design, in a special PechaKucha Night set for December 4 at PMQ, in collaboration with the Detour festival. Visit the official event page for all the details. 

3D printing has is an awesome tool for designers working in fashion.

Rik Theunissen specializes in some really fantastic, unique projects. In “How 3D Printing Gave Me a Ride2 Fashion Week” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 23 he presents his design for large, randomly-generated crystals worn and shown at Amsterdam Fashion Week.

“Design is the intersection between problem-solving and craft.”

Designer Paul Pugh speaks about the Designer Airliner 1.0, a plane that has everything a designer needs to be inspired to do his/her best work.

In “Dreamliner of Design” from a special Tokyo Designers Week 2014 edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 118, he goes into great depth on his process as well as the all the surrounding activities that inspire his work.

“I’ve really become interested in doing custom toy shows and donating the money to good causes.”

Figure and toy expert Don Kratzer speaks on Indie Toy Custom Culture. In “Custom Character Culture for Causes” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 117, Don discusses the discrepancies and crossovers between creators, characters, and figures, as well as goes into depth on the custom figure culture.

We were quite pleased while watching the video for the "Sa" umbrella project on Kickstarter to hear the two creators mention (at about 2 minutes in) that they had both met at a PechaKucha Night in Tokyo! That's the power of PechaKucha, bringing people together. Also, make sure to watch Matthew Waldman's presentation from a couple of years ago -- in fact, we wouldn't be surprised if that was the event where the two designers met.

PechaKucha started in Tokyo, and considering our love of design, it's been important for us to take part in Tokyo Designers Week, with what ends up being our biggest events for the year in Tokyo. Don't miss this year's edition.