Next Event

25 MAY


Postponed from our original March 14th date by a big honkin' blizzard, we present a wide range of stories from the technological to the inspirational.

Join us for another great night of presentations.  



A Tale of Two Luthiers


Joel Eckhaus presents A Tale of Two Luthiers. Is it a ghost story, a tale of reincarnation, or perhaps, just a coincidence? Watch to find out! 


From 2D to 3D – the design process of MECA’s Textile and Fashion Design department

@ VOL 30 ON FEB 20, 2015

Paul Lewandowski will present his program's exercises that students work on in class, introducing the audience to a way of thinking about pattern, material, texture, and form.
MECA’s new textile and fashion design program is growing quickly and introducing students to a rare hybrid program of textile and fashion design.  Unique in the US, the TFD program students explore 2D pattern and 3D shape as they create wearable art for the body.  


3D Problem Solving

@ VOL 30 ON FEB 20, 2015

"Everybody has something inside them that they want to make, and they just haven't figured it out yet."

In 3D Problem Solving, Alan Lishness shares his unique passion for creating unusual yet striking lamps made from scrap parts found in Portland, Maine. In this presentation, Alan encourages us to find what we love to make and start creating!



Rethinking Design, Some Animation Love, and the Aalen Poster Explosion

Doreen Toutikian thinks that design can change the world for the better, and that's what she hopes to achieve with her "Rethinking Design Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration" project -- see her describe it in this presentation from PKN Beirut Vol. 13. Sebastian Alvarez loves animation, and that could help explain how he ended up becoming an animator. He uses this presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 14) to describe the main principles behind animation, and shows how all animated forms (2D, CG) can be used to tell stories in original and creative ways.

We found this Facebook gallery of posters for Aalen's past PKNs, and so have added a few of them (the ones we'd never seen before) to our Tumblr blog -- and that's the one for PKN Aalen Vol. 2 you see pictured above. We've also added the poster for this week's PKN Portland, Maine Vol. 19 -- next up for the city is the momentous Vol. 20!

Today's photo galleries, as well as an event report. The photo above is from PKN Maribor Vol. 7.

PKN Sacramento organizer Claire Obenson reports on the city's recent Vol. 17:
There were presentations from creative professions across the spectrum, such as a playwright, David Blue Garrison, host of the event, who showed posters of his work; there was Andrea Lepore, the creative director for a well known restaurant, Hot Italian, who showed her plans for a well known strip, called Del Paso Blvd; we had Melissa Magliola who showed off her new company, Compliment Rings, whose proceeds "give back" to the community; Veronica Delgado, the great publicist and Artist Agent showed off her endeavours and volunteering efforts; Famed architect, Owen T. Jones presented images about "inside versus outside" spaces; Dennis Dong, another famed architect and PK Night veteran presenter showed off his anonymous spaces and lastly, Marvin Maldonado presented images from his wife's new boutique, Gypsy Mobile Boutique, Sacramento's first mobile boutique.

Overall, this was one of the most interesting PK Nights we have ever held and thanks to all who participated!

Tonight (May 22) you'll find your PKN action in Montreal (Vol. 22), Dnipropetrovsk (Vol.1), and Dundee (Vol. 3), while tomorrow (May 23) you can look to these events for some PKN satisfaction: PKN Prague Vol. 29, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 3, PKN Leksand Vol. 4, and PKN Copenhagen's very special Vol. 20.

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About the City's Organizers

  • David Swardlick

    David is a partner at the Food and Wellness Group, a Portland, Maine-based, specialized, brand development and strategic marketing firm focused on the food industry. He also manages Greater Good Works, a brand development consultancy. Focused on sustainable brands, corporate social responsibility, higher education and the not-for-profit sector, the firm’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations achieve great things. Previously, David headed a marketing agency that, for more than 25 years, produced high-visibility programs to promote Maine tourism and economic development, and developed national marketing campaigns for consumer brands, commodity groups, as well as universities and colleges. In addition to his business activities, David is a long-standing member of the board of the Maine Center for Creativity, a nonprofit organization whose mission is: To create alliances between arts and industry to help make Maine more vibrant economically and culturally, and to build Maine’s visibility as a place where creativity and innovation thrive. David graduated from Colby College with a BA in Art, and earned his masters degree in Media and Technology at Boston University.