NOVEMBER 08, 2013
Who knew self-actualization could come from thinking inside the box?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Epiphany on 7th Avenue" from PKN Derby Vol. 2, Ray Sylvester looks back on his previous career in education, and how he came about a special box in New York city that inspired him to begin making these boxes.
He discusses the machines, tools, and techniques he utilizes to make his amazing jigsaw-style enclosures.
NOVEMBER 01, 2013
"Whenever I answer the door, some people become distracted by what's behind me ... they're obviously looking at the pictures in the hall."
In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Pictures in the Hall" from PKN Derby Vol. 3, we hear from photographer Doug Smith who, as a photography student over 40 years ago, took shots of some of history's most famous rockers just as they were coming into their own. From Bowie to Eno to Dury, Doug's hallways are now graced with stunning photos of 1970s British musical legends.
OCTOBER 20, 2013
Would you describe yourself as a thinker, or a feeler?
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Classical versus Romantic" from PKN Derby Vol. 3, James Rice examines the contrast in approaching an idea from a romantic perspective, versus a classical perspective.
He uses a clock as one example of this concept; it could be described classically as functional and mechanical, or romantically as a work of art, a specific time may reference a feeling, and so forth. His presentation features beautiful illustrations by Catherine Sweetman.
OCTOBER 16, 2013
In today's Presentation of the Day, "More Human than Human" from PKN Derby Vol. 2, Toby Barnes discusses machine-learning. He also goes into depth on the development of robots and artificial intelligence.
Toby speaks on the power of algorithms, and their application to finance, relationships, facial recognition and what impact this technology will have on our societies.
MARCH 22, 2013
This weekend, in honor of the kids workshop we are holding as part of our special "PechaKucha x Design-ah exhibition" events at the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo today, for our "Presentation of the Day" we've chosen a presentation from our Kids Channel. You're never too young to do a PechaKucha presentation, and so meet Archie, aged 7, who takes the opportunity to introduce us to his friend Jeremiah, aged 6, who lives in Kenya.
FEBRUARY 01, 2013
Do you know the difference between a Batsman and a Wicketkeeper? Do you long to make the pilgrimage to England's Lords pitch? Can you shoot a square drive with a flat-fronted willow-wood blade? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, this presentation isn't for you. (But why not watch it anyway?)
Here we have a cool little dude named Haseef; in this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PechaKucha Night Derby Vol. 5) Haseef educates us troglodytes on the wonders of his favorite sport: Cricket.
To hear from more super-cool little dudes and dudettes, check out our KIDS Channel!
NOVEMBER 16, 2012
Presentations Another fantastic kids presentation from Derby (Vol. 5), this time with Freya talking about her dog Alfie, a retired racing greyhound. If this doesn't convince you that adopting a retired racing dog is a good idea, we don't know what will. Can you move to the Shakespeare beat? Ben Spiller will make sure that you do in his presentation (from PKN Derby Vol. 6), before introducing you to the Shakespeare workout. Some presentations see a person sharing their work, and some see the presenter sharing what inspires him or her. Here (from PKN Pittsfield Vol. 3), Richard Britell does the latter, sharing finds from Pinterest. This presentation (in French, from PKN Lyon Vol. 4) is about Alles Gut, a graphic design studio founded by Antoine Eckart and Francis Josserand. The idea was born from the desire of putting together their skills and their vision of design combining esthetic and function. They act in the field of print (ID, posters, editing), web design, and illustration. And with these four presentations we hit a new milestone today, reaching 600 online presentations -- or make that two, since our city count has just hit 580. Events We announced it a couple of weeks ago, but here's a reminder that here in Tokyo, PechaKucha is teaming up with ArchiAid for a very special event next week (Thursday, November 22) at SuperDeluxe in Roppongi. This PechaKucha event will be jam-packed with an inspirational lineup of architects -- including SANAA and Atelier Bow-Wow -- who will present their ArchiAid-supported projects in Tohoku (northern Japan, the area most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami), using the 20x20 format you know and love. You'll find more event details and the full lineup of presenters on our Facebook event page and Inspire Japan site. Participants will also contribute books to be auctioned during the break, to raise funds. You can also support ArchiAid initiatives through the PechaKucha website -- click on the big blue "A+" logo. Photos Tallinn had its Vol. 6 earlier this week, but here's a photo gallery [Flickr] from the city's Vol. 5, held back in September. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page. Calendar After a busy week, it's a relatively quiet weekend, with two events scheduled for tonight (Friday, November 16) -- PKN Aalen Vol. 12 and PKN Hamptons Vol. 2 -- and then PKN Johannesburg Vol. 8 happening on Saturday.
NOVEMBER 12, 2012
A Very Young Presenter, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Photos from Cape Town
Presentations You're never too young to do a PechaKucha presentation! Meet Archie, aged 7, who takes the opportunity in his presentation (from PKN Derby Vol. 5) to introduce us to his friend Jeremiah, aged 6, who lives in Kenya. As we learn in Henrik Fahlen's presentation (in Swedish, from PKN Varberg Vol. 2), SUP stands for "Stand Up Paddleboarding," which means that you stand up on a big surfboard and use a paddle. This ancient form of surfing reemerged when surf instructors realized the benefits of it, that by being higher you can better see oncoming waves. Today, SUP has turned into the fastest growing water sport in the world. Posters We kick off the week on the Tumblr blog with this new poster from Aalborg, for the city's upcoming Vol. 10. It was designed by Helena Sokol. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. Photos Cape Town had its Vol. 21 just a few days ago, and here's a post from someone who attended the event that includes some rather nice photos from the event. Calendar There are no PKNs on the agenda for tonight, but tomorrow (November 13) you'll find the following four events: PKN Brighton Vol. 17, PKN Leksand Vol. 5, PKN Denver Vol. 15, and PKN San Diego Vol. 16.
NOVEMBER 06, 2012
Criticizing Big Corporate Design in Japan, Art Inspired by Red Bean Paste, and the Latest from Kyouei Design
Presentations Today, another set of presentations from last week's Tokyo Designers Week edition PechaKucha event (PKN Tokyo Vol. 96). As the title declares ("What's Wrong with Japanese Big Corporation's Product Design?"), this presentation (in English/Japanese) by the Yo!jimbob duo is a call to arms for what they find lacking in that particular field. Takao Sakai (AZURER) took to the stage to share (in Japanese) art like you've never seen, inspired by a very special ingredient indeed: red bean paste. Kouichi Okamoto (Kyouei Design) has been surprising us consistently with his innovative -- and oftentimes whimsical -- products and installations, which he shares in this presentation (in Japanese). Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for tomorrow night's PKN Tehran Vol. 3 -- you'll find the list of presenters with links on the official event page. Photos PKN Derby Vol. 7 may have just passed us by, but here's a photo gallery [Flickr] for the previous event (Vol. 6), held earlier this year. Calendar Here are your five PKNs for tonight (November 6): PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 4, PKN Norrkoping Vol. 21, PKN Dundee Vol. 4, PKN Guildford Vol. 10, and PKN Cape Town Vol. 21. Tomorrow night, we have the following six events: PKN New Haven Vol. 14, PKN Bozeman Vol. 5, PKN Helena Vol. 3, PKN Toronto Vol. 18, PKN Austin Vol. 15, and PKN Tehran Vol. 3.
NOVEMBER 05, 2012
Later this month, on November 22, we will be teaming up again with ArchiAid for a very special event at SuperDeluxe here in Tokyo. The event will be used to highlight ArchiAid-supported projects in Tohoku, as well as a few presentations that touch on other Tohoku-related initiatives. We've also added a donation button on the front of the PK website and at the top of our Inspire Japan website to make donations of 1000 yen or 10,000 yen (or multiple donations in those denominations) to support ArchiAid’s continued work, and more specifically a current project that is seeking 7 million yen (approximately $90,000) in funding -- see the following two presentations (in Japanese, recorded at last week's PKN Tokyo Vol. 96) by Shoko Fukuya and Atelier Bow-Wow's Yoshiharu Tsukamoto for more details on the project. Posters We kick off the week on our Tumblr blog with the poster you see above, for the recent PKN Derby Vol. 7. Photos Today we have a few more photos by Michael Holmes to share from last week's Tokyo Designer Week edition (PKN Tokyo Vol. 96), and we'll have a proper gallery to share on both our Flickr and Facebook pages by the end of the week. Calendar Tonight (November 5) we have two events on tap: PKN San Antonio Vol. 8 and PKN Pittsboro Vol. 12. Here's what to expect tomorrow: PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 4, PKN Norrkoping Vol. 21, PKN Dundee Vol. 4, PKN Guildford Vol. 10, and PKN Cape Town Vol. 21.