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."

The PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana Vol. 11 poster was designed by Mark Melvin, a student in the graphic design program at Parkland College in Champaign IL USA. The poster design project was presented to a graphic design class to solve as a service learning project. Each of the 16 students in the class presented a solution and Mark's design was chosen for its clever concept, high level of craftsmanship and overall imaginative execution.

Champaign-Urbana's Vol. 11 happens tonight (February 8), and you'll find more details on the official event page. To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

PKN Memphis Vol. 2 Presentations History is important, we can surely all agree on that, but with his presentation (from PKN Memphis Vol. 2) Justin Thompson wants to make sure we all get the message. Entrepreneur and graphic designer Gustavo Garcia uses his presentation (in Portuguese, from PKN Sao Paulo Vol. 10) to teach us 10 important life lessons, regarding work, jobs, life, career, and more. PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 10 Posters The new posters on the Tumblr blog today are for PKN Moscow Vol. 19, PKN Columbus Vol. 22, and PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 10, which is the beautiful fully illustrated poster you see above.  PKN Tokyo Vol. 93 PKN Tokyo Vol. 93 Photos Today we'll point you to photos from last month's PKN Tokyo Vol. 93, taken as always by Michael Holmes -- we have galleries up on both Facebook and Flickr. Our Vol. 94 is coming up -- on Wednesday of next week (July 25) -- and since August is always a skip month for us here in Tokyo, it will be our last PKN of the summer. Calendar It's a quiet Wednesday with no PKNs happening tonight, but tomorrow (July 19) you can look forward to St. Albert's very first PKN, as well as a special edition PKN in Chicago (more details in this post).

PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 9 Presentations For nearly 8 years Steve Jaros has been lucky enough to be a working writer in the video games industry. Most recently he was nominated for best writing at the Game Developers Choice Awards for his work on the game Saints Row: The Third. Naturally, he lost to Portal 2. In this presentation (from PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 9), Steve shares some of his guilty pleasures. Akio Aoki (Miru) covers (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) a few of his projects and products, and also shares some of the exhibitions that have featured his work. PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11 Posters We kick off the week with a few new posters on our Tumblr blog. Covered are the following events: PKN Halifax Vol. 11, PKN Memphis Vol. 3, PKN London Vol. 8, and PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11, pictured above.  PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 Photos and video We have one new gallery of photos [Facebook] to share with you today, from last week's PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22. Pictured above, a look at the warehouse-like venue. When we approve a new PKN series, we ask the new organizer (or team) to send us a greeting video (PK founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham do the same for the city's first event). Here's the wonderful video from the organizers of PKN Osijek. Links Today's links include a few tips on making a PechaKucha presentation, and some nice coverage of Tulsa's recent first PKN.

Calendar It's going to be a slow week -- summer has officially hit -- but don't let that stop you from catching the events that are being held, like tonight's (July 17) PKN Jacksonville Vol. 20.