AUGUST 21, 2014
Yesterday we posted about the "TOTO Toilet Architecture" event that will be taking place at next month's London Design Festival. In the same week, you'll also find PechaKucha presentations at the NLA's "Made in London" event, which will also be hosted by PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham. Visit our official event page for more details, or this page on the NLA website -- and you can register to attend the event here.
AUGUST 20, 2014
PechaKucha will have a big presence at this year's London Design Festival (September 13-21), with multiple "Powered by PechaKucha" events, many of them hosted by PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham. On September 16, the TOTO London Showroom will hold an event event on "Toilet Architecture," with a lineup of presenters that so far includes Professor Barbara Penner (Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Alex Mowat (Founder and Creative Director at Urban Salon), Carolyn Trevor (co-founder of Trevor Lahiff Architects), Philippa Turrell (Editor of Kitchen and Bathroom News), and Floyd Case (Specification Manager TOTO UK). Visit the event page for more details.
JULY 24, 2013
What if your chair could prevent theft?
In today's Presentation of the Day "Design Against Crime" from PKN London Vol. 1, designer at the Design Against Crime Research Centre Spike Spondike argues that designers and criminals have a lot in common: they look for opportunities, they're risk-inclined, and they have a "wonky way of thinking."
She asks: Can the design of shop furniture, products, packaging, retail space large and small, display areas, security procedures, retail management and the myriad of other factors in this environment – even the experience of shopping itself – reduce shoplifting and improve ambiance without turning a small newsagent or a large department store into Alcatraz?
JULY 08, 2013
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.
JUNE 14, 2013
As Alastair Humphreys says, "Go somewhere you've never been. Do something you've never done. See something with fresh eyes, and you'll find that adventures are all around us."
In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN London Vol. 1), you'll see that Alastair is certainly one who practices what he preaches -- he has cycled around the world (it took him 4 years), raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River, and walked the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.
MAY 31, 2013
Is education working for those who are focused in fields related to art and technology?
In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN London Vol. 2) principal Richard Adams believes he has the answer to this question. He discusses the School of Communication Arts, a trail-blazing school for advertising in London, was shuttered for a decade. Richard talks us through the reasons for its rebirth, and its unique approach to learning through creativity.
MARCH 01, 2013
For our last "Presentation of the Day" of the week, it's time to expand your knowledge of the vibrator, and after watching Johanna Agerman's presentation on the topic -- in which she takes us on a historical tour of the device -- you'll know much more than you ever thought was possible.
FEBRUARY 08, 2013
Due to their immense popularity these days, one may not know that the Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar (and its six-string equivalent, the Firebird) were actually the black sheep of the guitar industry upon their debut in the 1960s.
In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN London Vol. 4), Eero Koivisto discusses the unique history of the German-designed American guitar: he discusses Gibson's desires to spice up their brand in the 1960s, their commissioning of auto-designer Raymond Dietrich to accomplish this goal, its subsequent failure (in terms of sales), and rise to popularity over a decade later. The Gibson Thunderbird has since been used by numerous bands of note, including The Who, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, and many more. Eero tells us of his experience growing up in wonder of this particularly unconventional bass guitar, and how it inspired him both musically and in terms of design.
JANUARY 25, 2013
Tom Lloyd is a designer, but also a thinker. In today's edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN London Vol. 4), Tom thinks about how objects, architecture, and stories are constructed; how we get from point A to point B.
He speaks on the concept of "heroic failures", and asks why certain failures are looked back on with an air of love and nostalgia -- failures like the AMC DeLorean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the rickety bridge archetype, and so forth -- when other failures are simply abject. Tom postulates that it could be the sense of innocence in the design process that makes us love odd products, 1980s fashion, or architectural eye-sores like the Singapore Marina Sands. This failure through innocence is somewhat nostalgic (as we have failed often in our youth) and come to empathize with it.
Interestingly enough, these ideas group up quite well with Ariel Schlesinger's thoughts on "Minor Urban Disasters" (Presentation of Day, January 23, 2013). We start to align ourselves with these failures, even when they're inanimate, and cheer them on much like we do an underdog.
JANUARY 17, 2013
Moritz Waldemeyer is all about light-emiting diodes and light amplication by stimulated emission of radiation.
What's all that nonsense? Oh right, LEDs and LASERs. And who can blame him?
In the latest issue of "Presentation of the Day" (from PKN London Vol. 1), Waldemeyer demonstrates the various fashion, design, and performance-related uses he's devised for these glowing, electronic beauties. In his presentation you'll see luminous coffee-tables, shining stereos and shoewear, glimmering leather jackets worn by U2's Bono, even a crown adorned with red radiant beams!