DECEMBER 03, 2013
December has begun its strut down the street, and amongst the chilly air, snowflakes, and holiday spirit (or heat and humidity perhaps, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) drifts a small stack of five very special presentations: November 2013's top 5!
Have a cup of cheer on us!
"Sushi for Smiles" by Takayo Kiyota.
"Perfecting Portraits" by Ian Taylor.
"Turnaround" by Aubrey Williams.
"Make It So" by Shannon Downey.
"Live for Today" by Shay Howe.
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Think no one can make you do anything?
Well, we bet we can make your mouth water! That's right, we're playing with your involuntary actions like Pavlov played with his pups (well, kind of).
Here are five meaty, food-related presentations ready for your consumption:
"From the Kitchen to the World" by Aram Reed
"Designing Cakes" by Mhairi Wild
"The Savory Month of Ramendan" by Jed Schmidt
"Molecular Gastronomy" by Nik Mavromatis
"8 Things Designers Can Learn from Baking Cakes" by James Stockdale
NOVEMBER 15, 2013
How would you like to slip around a basement coated with laundry soap, or eat 3 cheeseburgers before riding a rollercoaster?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Plus: A Non-Chronological Story of Gleeful Self-Deprecation" from Table XI's October Table Talks: My Worst Idea, JC Grubbs (of software developer DevMynd) reverses the flow of time and recounts eight of his favorite mistakes, each one more inane than the last.
His gaffes are not all for naught, however -- he encourages us to "keep making enormously huge mistakes, do it with gusto, tell the stories, and hopefully some of them will end up good."
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Make It So
"Sometimes a bad idea is only a bad idea because you're not hanging around with the right people -- or drinking enough whiskey."
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Make It So" from Table XI's October Table Talks: My Worst Idea, Shannon Downey tells us of a night she and her friends were out drinking and took pictures with a Captain Picard action figure. Upon returning home she created a Facebook fan page for the photos. What happened next resulted in Shannon exploring strange new worlds.
NOVEMBER 05, 2013
Time just carries on with its tireless march forward and -- wow, just like that -- it's November! You know what that means: we have a fresh, steaming, stuffing-filled cornucopia of presentations for you (with a side of cranberry sauce)!
Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of October 2013:
"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" by Kate Garmey.
"Introversion" by Caleb Keller.
"Human Trafficking" by Ali Weiner.
"Fear. Pain. Humor." by Mark Rickmeier.
"The San Francisco of Tomorrow" by Craig Scott.
NOVEMBER 01, 2013
PechaKucha teamed up with the Chicago Tribune earlier this week for a fantastic event at the House of Blues in Chicago, where the newspaper's photojournalists shared what it's like to do what they do using the PechaKucha format. Check out the official event page to see more photos from the event.
Pictured, PKN Chicago organizer Peter Exley on stage, facing the crowd.
OCTOBER 21, 2013
Which camp are you in: A) Failure to try, or B) trying and failing?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" from Table XI's October Table Talks: My Worst Idea, Marketing Director Kate Garmey proclaims herself to be an expert in the area of bad ideas. She goes through a list of her trials and triumphs, among them: going to an AC/DC concert on the night before the Boston Marathon and paragliding into a death spiral (and living to tell the tale).
SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
PechaKucha received a brief mention in an article on Table XI -- the developer of the PechaKucha website -- in the Forbes online tech section. Here's a clip:
Along the vein of sharing ideas, Table XI launched PechaKucha.org in 2012 for the Japan-based non-profit, allowing presenters in more than 650 cities around the world upload and narrate PechaKucha style presentations of 20 slides that auto-advance every 20 seconds.
For a look at the entire article, check out Forbes.com.
AUGUST 30, 2013
Design Like You Give a Damn
"We believe that design matters, and people matter."
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Design Like You Give a Damn" from PKN Chicago Vol. 13, Katherine Darnstadt details the numerous design and architecture projects her organization (Latent Design) has worked to draft, plan, renovate, and construct spaces that benefit local communities. From working with women's safe havens, community centers, mobile food stores, and schools in third-world countries, Katherine's organization shows us that they do indeed give a damn.
AUGUST 11, 2013
It's under your fingernails and below your feet, but what's so bad about dirt?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Dirty Soil" from PKN Chicago Vol. 12, architect Katherine Darnstadt gets down to the nitty gritty on dirt and soil. Katherine discusses the process in which soil is created through the process of decomposition, the benefits of dirt to your diet, and how we ought to reconnect with the earth.