NEW YORK Posts

If you think assembling IKEA furniture is no sweat, you're ready for this amazing new tool: 

Matt Tyson, co-founder of EcoSystems in New York, explains the concept behind the Snug-it, a tool that makes assembling furniture more efficient. In "No Frustration, Just Creation" from PKN New York, Vol. 14 we see that the unique and innovative design allows for rearrangement and recreation based on personal needs, and encourages creative thinking. 

"Noam Chomsky -- I think -- said, 'I dont understand why people think there's no manufacturing district in the US, there is: it's called China.'"

David Belt is the founder of New Lab, a company that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and new manufacturing. In "Viable Manufacturing" from PKN New York Vol. 14, he talks about the history of manufacturing in the last ten years, including the collapse of the economy and new digital trends. Creative company structures ensure that proximity breeds new ways of thinking about design, manufacturing, integration, and innovation. 

How does one make cubes levitate in space? With a whole lot of elbow-grease! 

Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida explain RockPaperRobot, a design company that specializes in the invention and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. In "Make-ufacturing" from PKN New York Vol. 14, they discuss the perfect manufacturing process, which requires a balance of time, money, and ability. They also offer a detailed glimpse into the creation of one of their products: a magnetically-levitating coffee table. 

"The world's population will reach more than 11 billion by the end of this century."

Maria Aialova is the co-founder of Terreform ONE, a think-tank which focuses on mapping population density. With 11 billion people on the Earth, and 3/4 of the population living in cities, a redistribution of energy will be absolutely paramount. In "Making the World Work for 11 Billion People" from PKN New York Vol. 14, Maria states that we must shift from competition to cooperation and from ownership to membership in order to live successfully. 

Eric Forman has worked for the past 13 years at the experimental intersection of art and design.

In "Intellect Begets Art" from PKN New York Vol. 14 we hear how he uses his background in philosophy and technology to create interactive sculptures, robots, and other installations which incorporate a combination of organic and biological concepts.  

How do you imagine 99 cent products will look in the future? A miniature Mars survival kit? Carbon-absorption pills?

Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken are co-founders of the Extrapolation Factory, an imagination-based studio for design-lead futures studies. They explore society's fascination with the future, and discuss where this future-culture is coming from. In "99 Cent Futures" from PKN New York Vol. 14, we see that through collaboration with local 99¢ stores, they combine manufacturing and design and play off of the public's concept of future demand and necessity. 

Projects never thought possible are getting funded and produced thanks to the nigh-limitless power of the crowd. Is this the future of business?

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Is Crowd-funding the New 'Like' Button?" from PKN New York Vol. 14, RocketHub founder Brian Meece gives us a quick rundown of the crowd-funding phenomenon and what is needed to get your own independent project funded.

He uses independent shoe-producer Spira as an example: Spira makes revolutionary new sneakers with springs in the soles to make walking easier.

The New York Times has a post dedicated to making your thoughts more organized and succinct. In the article, the PechaKucha 20x20 format is used as the primary method to go about doing so:

Make sure you speak loudly and slowly. Make eye contact with the audience. Your goal is to keep your audience interested by reporting the interesting information you have learned, but also by maintaining a conversational tone as you explain it.

Check out the full write-up here.

Photo from PKN NYC Vol. 14

Last week's PechaKucha Night (Vol. 14) in New York was a great success, with over 600 in attendance. We'll soon have the presentations to share on the site, but in the meantime, here's a peek at the what the space where the event looked like.

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