Champaign-Urbana's PechaKucha Night Vol. 17 is happening tomorrow night (Friday, March 13), and here's the poster to prove it, designed by Karissa McDermott and Jessica Snyder. Visit the official event page for more details.

Make art, not law. 

Nina Paley points out how people, as permeable information portals, are constantly subjected to anything and everything produced in the world. In "Copywrong" from PKN Champaign-Urban Vol. 14 due to copyright laws, we often have less say over which ideas enter our heads, than what goes out. The solution, for Nina, is to simply ignore these copyright laws. She declared sovereignty over her own mind a few years ago and will never surrender it again.

Champaign-Urbana just held its PechaKucha Night Vol. 15 (this past Saturday), and here's the lovely poster that was produced for it, and some details on how it was made:

Champaign-Urbana is celebrating their 15th volume in a big way—with an 80's prom theme! The whimsical poster was designed by Jessica Snyder and hand printed on French Paper at Weiskamp Screen Printing. We've got a lot of fun throwback pieces for the night including PKN glow-in-the-dark buttons, fortune teller-style programs and an awesome 80's backdrop for our #PKNCU photo booth. 

Not only does the Illinois city of Champaign-Urbana have their Vol. 14 coming up on the 6th of December, not only are they the City Focus of this week, but they also have passed along this great poster for the Vol. 14 evening -- designed by Jeremy White.

The event will feature 8 presentations from speakers of all walks of life, so if you're in the region, check it out!

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

This week, the "City Focus" falls on Champaign-Urbana. The city's PechaKucha Night Vol. 14 is happening on December 6, and you'll find all the details, poster, and full list of presenters on the official event page.

Upon unrolling this poster (designed by the very talented Ghada Yousef) found in our mailbox this morning we were at once struck by its hand-crafted look and bold choices in typography. Champaign-Urbana organizer Christina Wondra passed on this info from Yousef on the Vol. 13 poster-crafting process:

This poster was printed using two different printing methods. The sponsors logos at the bottom were printed digitally at Dixon Graphics. The rest of the design was printed in one layer using a letterpress machine (Vandercook SP15) at The Living Letterpress. The process included finding the perfect set of typefaces, setting them up, and proofing them. The design included both wood type and metal type along with some images.  After printing the posters, they were set on drying racks to let the ink fully dry, which usually takes around 48 hours.

Check out the PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 13 event page for more details on this exciting evening.

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

It's that time again -- here are the top 5 viewed PechaKucha 20x20 presentations for the month of June 2013!





First off, we have Ideapreneurs; a presentation on the development of new education methods for creatives.

Second is A Quest for Adventure: hear what it's like to ride your bicycle around the world, walk the length of the Kaveri River in India, and canoe 500 miles down the Yukon. 

In third we have Table Talks presentation Crossover Innovation, in which we hear of the design processes behind disruptive, iconic products.

Coming in fourth is Guilty Pleasures -- herein we learn that pleasures (that don't harm others) ought never make us feel guilty.

And finally, rounding out our top 5 in June is Curiosity Leads to Creativity: see how one woman's inquisitive nature has lead her down countless creative paths.

To see more fantastic 20x20 presentations, kick back for a quick six minutes and forty seconds and check out the PechaKucha WATCH page. 

Andy Warfel has one of the coolest jobs around: he plans and designs giant parties, product announcements, and theatrical environments.

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 2 as a part of the special PechaKucha 20x20 Haiti Reconstruction fundraiser) Andy briefs us on his appreciation for mesh panels, pneumatic doors, polished black acrylic, and ramps shaped like Hot Wheels tracks (hint: these are all used in his productions). 

For nearly 8 years, Steve Jaros has been lucky enough to be a writer in the video games industry, which essentially means that he is (his words) "a professional nerd."

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 9) Steve takes a few moments to drop some metaphorical truth bombs, and address some issues surrounding the books, movies, games, and tv shows we consume.

In so few words, he makes the argument that we ought not feel guilty about things that entertain us, with the stipulation that we don't hurt someone else in the process. Anyway, his argument is much more compelling than ours so, by all means, have a look.  

When Scott Thomas first met Barack Obama in 2007, the junior senator's web presence was suffering from a lack of consistency; there were, as he says, "37 different typefaces", and, about "416 different colors of blue" could be found throughout the site. 

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 2), Scott takes us through the process of not only designing a political campaign, but changing the way politics are played in the 21st century.

He speaks on the power the web has to shrink our world; how far-away issues become our own when viewing and interacting with people across the country, around the globe. For the first time in American history we had a candidate addressing the people through live-streamed video rather than radio or television.

The importance of making the campaign about "We" (as opposed to "Him") played a large part in empowering people to be proud of the candidate and issues they stood behind. Scott talks about designing signs that would be fitting for anyone to hold with dignity. And while it was necessary to use tools of the future, he speaks of "[pulling] imagery from the past ... and using it to display how truly historic this campaign truly was."


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