Poster for PKN Aalen Vol. 26

Despite being a small community in the German countryside, PechaKucha Night Aalen, run by the towns favorite policeman, never ceases in giving us all a new perspective on things, reminding the PechaKucha Global Network that creativity can be be hidden in any corner of the globe, up, down, far, and wide. 

PechaKucha People: Thomas Maile

Our PechaKucha Person of the week is a man of many hats, Thomas Maile. In addition to being the PKN Aalen's higly-motivated City Organizer since 2009, he's also a highly creative police officer, preacher, and performer, known for infusing unconventional creativity not only into PKN, but also in road traffic, church, and theatre!

Rounding out PechaKucha Aalen's extremely rare front-page spotlight trifecta this week is their colorful poster for their upcoming Vol. 24. Local government candidates will campaign for their shot to be elected to represent their community by taking the stage with the tried and trusted 20x20 format! Way to rock the vote PK style!  

City Focus: Aalen

Our "City Focus" this week heads to the German City of Aalen, home to the mysterious underground world of Tiefer Stollen, tunnels of retired iron mines beneath the city where the air so extremely clean and dust-free that treatments are offered to soothe asthma and other kinds of respiratory and allergic problems. That's a breath of fresh air! Everybody, cheer for Aalen on their 24th volume this week! Check out their presentation archive and keep your eyes and ears peeled for their upcoming presentations!

The "City Focus" goes to Aalen, and on top of highlighting the city's presentation archives, we want to point to city organizer Thomas Maile's presentation (in German) about joining last month's Pow Wow organizer summit.

“But sometimes we Germans are a bit crazy, we allow everyone to drive very very fast. My job is to tell them not to do this.”

PechaKucha Night Aalen, Germany City Organizer Thomas Maile is also a police officer. In “The Charming Town of Aalen” from a very special edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 123 set during the PechaKucha Pow Wow 2015 Organizer Summit, Thomas shares with us his story of becoming a PechaKucha Organizer, as well as some of the finer points of German culture.

PechaKucha Knights of Aalen

We received word from Aalen, Germany's organizer Thomas Maile of PKN Aalen Vol. 13's grand success! A small album of photos have been uploaded to the event page, and here's what Thomas had to say:

...On April 12th we had a wonderful PechaKucha night. The greatest of all the PechaKucha nights in Aalen. Between 350 and 400 visitors and 13 presenters had a very interesting evening. Our location was a paper storage facility in a newspaper printing company, which is not longer used. Many people couldn't visit our event, because our location was too small! The youngest presenter was 15 years old (Sarah Walter). One guy presented as a knight - about knights (Holger Schmid). In the breaks, at the beginning and at the end, Teo Hentzschel made great music. In Aalen normally we have no theme, everyone can present whatever he wants to. So our event is interesting for everyone.

To see snaps from PechaKucha Nights near you and from all over the world, check out our Global Map.

This is no ordinary poster. It's a pos[pos[pos[poster]ter]ter]ter for Aalen's upcoming Vol. 13 evening. PKN Aalen will be held this Friday, April 12. Among the 12 presenters will be marketing professionals, designers, business coaches, and more! 

To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

Drawn Lines, A Traffic Sign and Typographic Design, and PKN Singapore Illustrated

PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2 Presentations In her presentation (from PKN Hyderabad Vol. 9), Lasya Moronica shares some of the very detailed and complex line drawings she produces.  Jiri Toman is a young graphic artist, and in his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2) he talks about his diploma project. He completely redesigned traffic signs, and designed a special font. He also shares his other typographic work. PKN Bari Vol. 1 Posters We have four new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Bari Vol. 1 (pictured above). You'll also find posters for tonight's PKN Bratislava Vol. 20, PKN Bogota Vol. 9, and PKN Aalen Vol. 12.  PKN Singapore Vol. 5 Event Report How's this for a great event report, courtesy of PKN Singapore organizer Jon Siegel (on the recent Vol. 5): "One of our audience members [Bernie Quah], without us noticing, illustrated every speaker that night along with notes and posted it to Issuu." Calendar It's a big Thursday (September 20), with the following 10 PKNs on tap: PKN Maastricht Vol. 15, PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 3, PKN Miami Vol. 17, PKN Hamptons Vol. 1, PKN Valencia Vol. 14, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 11, PKN Whangarei Vol. 14, PKN Malaga Vol. 1, PKN Aarhus Vol. 14, and PKN Bratislava Vol. 20. Tomorrow, you'll find the following 3 events: PKN Lucerne Vol. 5, PKN Vancouver Vol. 23, and PKN Gisborne Vol. 10.

PKN Tokyo Vol. 93 Presentations Tim Costello has worked in Australia's television industry for the past 10 years, creating animated graphics for a variety of TV shows, which he shares in this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93). He also worked on the feature film Where the Wild Things Are. In her presentation (in German, from PKN Aalen Vol. 6), Annegret Barth wants to introduce us to the interplay of colors. Using photos from nature, Annegret walks us through the development of the color wheel and its possible applications. (in German) PKN Vladimir Vol. 6 We don't have a full presentation to share, but PKN Vladimir organizer Boris Matin has sent us the following photos (above) and description of this rather interesting participant at the city's recent Vol. 6.

Sergei Karelin is a silversmith and goldsmith, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia, and an academic at the Petrovskaya Academy of Science and Art in St. Petersburg. The clock (in the photos) shows the countdown of the time from the moment of the Birth of the Earth to the moment of its collapse, owing to its inevitable approach to the Sun. The work calls for the drawing together of world religions, the union of all nations, and the immediate stop of all war conflicts in the face of the fatal disaster.

PKN Waterville Vol. 8 Posters We have two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, one for this month's PKN Waterville Vol. 8 (pictured above), and one for PKN Chattanooga Vol. 11, also happening later this month.  Video Pisa's Vol. 2 is happening this Friday, and today we have a video promo to share for the event.  Calendar On this 4th of July, we may not have any PKNs happening in the US, but we do have these two events: PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 and PKN Utsunomiya Vol. 1. Tomorrow, you can look for the following: PKN Semarang Vol. 9, PKN Augsburg Vol. 1, and PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7.