This Friday! A Design Week PechaKucha Night you won't want to miss!
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PechaKucha Night is tomorrow!

First, if you've already bought tickets, thank you! We're excited to see you tomorrow. Second, if you haven't bought tickets, today is your last full day of cheaper tickets. Friday, Oct. 16th starting at 7pm doors open.
Grab an early dinner next door at Frida Bistro, then head to our venue next door for light food from Beehive Cheese, Laziz, and 3 Cups, and drinks from 5 Wives, Squatters, and Wasatch. Presenters start around 8pm. You don't want to miss this incredible line-up!
Tyson Call - Writer/Photographer
Aaron Nelson - Industrial Designer
Amy Caron - uber-multidisciplinary artist
Kortney Greer - Designer/illustrator
David Brooks - Transdisciplinary Project Director
Pierre Langue - Architect
D.J. Baxter - RDA Salt Lake City, Director
Garret Martin + Phil Smallwood - Gumco
Patrick Crowley - Chapul
Alice Toler + Bobby Gittins - Artist & Writer
Nick Franchi - Digital Art Director
Jill Canales - Senior VP Design @ 3form
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Pierre Langue is an Architect and principal of Axis Architects. After studying and working in France, Pierre moved to the US to work and later establish Axis Architects in 2005. He has designed prominent, unique, and award winning projects throughout Utah.
D.J. Baxter is the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. The RDA is currently leading the efforts to develop a 2,500 seat theater for touring Broadway shows, constructing two modern streecar lines, and facilitate transit-oriented developments, among a number of other projects.
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Salt Lake Design Week kicked off this week!

From Oct. 12-18 there are incredible events every day. PechaKucha Night will take place this Friday, Oct. 16th starting at 7pm. Presenters start around 8pm. Grab an early dinner next door at Frida Bistro, then head to our venue for drinks, light food, and an extra serving of inspiration from our amazing presenters.

Tyson Call - Writer/Photographer
Aaron Nelson - Industrial Designer
Amy Caron - uber-multidisciplinary artist
Kortney Greer - Designer/illustrator
David Brooks - Transdisciplinary Project Director
Pierre Langue - Architect
D.J. Baxter - RDA Salt Lake City, Director
Garret Martin + Phil Smallwood - Gumco
Patrick Crowley - Chapul
Alice Toler + Bobby Gittins - Artist & Writer
Nick Franchi - Digital Art Director
Jill Canales - Senior VP Design @ 3form
Derek Kitchen - multi-discipline human
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Aaron Nelson is a designer, musician, soccer fan, and family guy. At Atmosphere Studios he helps design branded interiors and exhibits for a swarm of international clients. Atmosphere Studios specializes in developing environments for events, trade shows, retail interiors and corporate spaces. Their clients include: Adidas, Patagonia, Prana, and the BBC.
Tyson Call is a writer, photographer, and motorcycle riding jack of many trades. If you didn't see him in a dapper suit riding in the Distinguished Gentleman's ride, you might have seen him behind the lens of his vintage Leica camera. Tyson is a nationally published writer and photographer with work in Iron & Air and a local contributor to SLUG magazine among others.


Salt Lake City got some rather nice coverage for its recent PechaKucha Night Vol. 12 from SLUG Magazine.

The PechaKucha format is brilliant. Japanese for “chit chat,” it was invented in Tokyo in 2003, and since has spread to almost 800 different locations worldwide. They call it the 20x20 format. A presenter is given an opportunity to choose 20 different slides and talk for 20 seconds about each one. This is an excellent cure for the ailment which plagues many public speeches—people talking way too long, and going on many different tangents. 

Read the full article here. Salt Lake City's Vol. 13 is set for October 13.

PechaKucha Night - Salt Lake City is THIS THURSDAY! Don't forget to get your tickets early, while you still can...
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Purchase your tickets online: The State Room

One more reminder that PechaKucha Night is this Thursday, June 6th. Doors open at 6:00pm. Presenters will get going around 6:45-7:00. Get your tickets now before you miss out! If you're still wondering what PechaKucha Night is about, check out the Top 5 Presentations from the month of May on the site:

We have another exciting cross-discipline line-up of presenters. 

  • Michael Doyle - Landscape architect and Planner, epg

  • Re Wikstrom - photographer, photo editor

  • Michael Kern - creative director, craftsman, cafe racer builder, WeLikeSmall

  • Brent Bowen - architectural illustrator, Bowen Studios

  • Kirk Huffaker - Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation

  • Eric Egenolf & Dwight Yee - architects, Process Studio

  • Jaren Harbertson - furniture designer, craftsman, Modern Union

  • Cale Montrone - creator, Revolv Magazine

  • Traci O'Very Covey - visual artist

  • Nathan Florence - artist

See below for a highlight of just a few:

Post Century Credenza

Jaren Harbertson

The founder of Modern Union, a local design/build outfit that specializes in modern cabinetry and furniture. A believer in the traditions and earned experience of craftsmanship, the marks of Jaren (and Modern Union's) work are his precision loving 'god is in the details' ethos, his belief that modernism at its best represents innovation and hard won simplicity, and the ability to juxtapose raw, patina-rich materials with sleek lines and finishes creating unique, timeless, character filled, and hopefully, heirloom quality results. Modern Union will happily take on any design project that elevates details to obsessiveness.
Utah Heritage Foundation

Kirk Huffaker

As Executive Director of Utah Heritage Foundation, Kirk Huffaker is an advocate for vibrant neighborhoods and Main Streets, recognition of historic modernism, and excellence in planning and design. Since 1998, Kirk has provided assistance throughout Utah to build local preservation leadership, develop policy, and save historic buildings. He has served in the position of Executive Director of Utah Heritage Foundation since 2008.
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Cale Montrone

A Utah Native. A sheet metal worker. Revolv magazine publisher and editor. A fan of really cool stuff. Nuff said.
Poster design by: Tim Ross Lee

PechaKucha Night - SLC vol. 9
Thursday, June 6th

The State Room - 638 S. State St.
doors open at 6:00pm


It's been a few months since our last event. Now Spring is here, and Summer is fast approaching. What better way to celebrate the change of seasons than another PechaKucha Night full of eclectic presenters! Join us to see a cross-section of the incredible talent in Salt Lake City!

We have a great line-up of presenters ready to share their passion, work and ideas. PechaKucha Nights are about allowing ideas to cross-pollinate across different disciplines, and this group of talented professionals, artists, architects, designers, craftsmen, and educators will surely be another successful night. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, PechaKucha Nights at The State Room typically sell out!

Michael Doyle - Landscape architect and Planner, epg

Re Wikstrom - photographer, photo editor

Michael Kern - creative director, craftsman, cafe racer builder, WeLikeSmall

Brent Bowen - architectural illustrator, Bowen Studios

Kirk Huffaker - Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation

Eric Egenolf & Dwight Yee - architects, Process Studio

Jaren Habertson - furniture designer, craftsman, Modern Union

Cale Montrone - creator, Revolv Magazine

Traci O'Very Covey - visual artist

Nathan Florence - artist

PechaKucha Night, a global event, is based on the 20x20 presentation format. A group of presenters are all asked to give a presentation of 20 slides that are each shown for 20 seconds. A total presentation time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This keeps the energy up and the interest level high. 
Tickets are available online through The State Room. Click on the button below, or go to:

PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 8 Presentations Robert Fishbone had an amazing experience taking part in Artsweek -- like learning how Bobby McFerrin does his vocal gymnastics -- and in this lively presentation (from PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 8), you'll get to experience part of it too. Rafi Ghanaghounian of Keep Six Exhibits shares his fun project called "Blocks," Toronto's largest scavenger hunt. Originally, the project was just between him and his son, but after doing this presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 14), he is now turning into an actual public event. PKN Barcelona Vol. 17 Posters Barcelona always comes up with great posters for its events, and here's another great example -- designed by LoSiento -- for the city's upcoming Vol. 17. You'll of course find more great posters on our Tumblr Blog. httpv://  Video PKN Orlando organizer Eddie Selover has been doing an amazing job with his series -- to a point that he was awarded a Silver Brick -- and earlier this month he participated in a TEDx event in Orlando, and spoke about his experience with PechaKucha, in a talk entitled "How PechaKucha Changed My Life."  Calendar Here's what's on tonight (October 30): PKN Eureka (Montana) Vol. 1, PKN Grand Rapids Vol. 5, PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 27, and PKN Pittsfield Vol. 4. Tomorrow night we celebrate Tokyo Designers Week with our big PKN -- aka PKN Tokyo Vol. 96 -- at the Meiji-Jingu Gaien grounds. You'll also find these three events: PKN Derby Vol. 7, PKN Mikkeli Vol. 1, and PKN Montevideo Vol. 8.

PKN Genoa Vol. 3 Presentations Zad Roumaya uses his presentation (from PKN Dallas Vol. 10) to introduce Artspace, a platform with the goal of supporting artists and their work, and more specifically covers the recently opened Dallas location. Faced with a contemporary situation characterized by daily complaints on the immobility of Genoa and of the Genoese, it arouses astonishment to rediscover in the dawn of the last century, an astonishing concentration of technological experimentation, avant-garde architecture, and urban visions. Discover this "Old Genoa" in Jacopo Baccani's presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 3). PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 8 Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for Salt Lake City's upcoming Vol. 8 (on October 22), designed by Dan Christofferson, a presenter from a previous PKN. The event itself will be part of Salt Lake Design Week.  PKE in Frederikshavn Event Report PKN Aalborg organizer Annette Scheibel has been spreading the PK word by organizing one-off PechaKucha events in nearby towns -- one of those one-off events has already resulted in the start of a regular series -- and here's a report she's shared with us on the recent "Powered by PechaKucha" event that was held in Frederikshavn.

We had an absolutely awsome one-time-try-out-PechaKucha event in Frederikshavn last night, at Maskinhallen. A full house with an enthusiastic audience and a forceful and inspiring lineup of local participants extremely well hosted by the local Jens Ole Amstrup. As an arm up, he had organized a dinner completely made of local grocery and crops -- inspired and challenged by the first participant Frank Stjerne Størup, who is a local cook with a restaurant specialising in making seafood and vegetable dinners from food grown in the area. A local jazz musician and music school headmaster talked about improvisation, creativity, and openness. Tove Varmløse shared a new way of shopping through the internet AND donating to a charity of your own choice at the same time -- a team of volounteers organizing the whole thing. A local laughter-coach demonstrated to the audience and talked about the healthy effects of laughing -- a good appetizer before the break. Local architect Finn Rasmussen is a very eager bicyclist, and he talked about the health effects of using legs for transport instead of cars -- and creating a new business through tourism at the same time. Graphic designer Anders Budolf Andersen took us through his play-with-it and evolve-design of carton boxes, and created a new philosophy on innovation -- finding out what had already been done before, and getting back to creativity! 18 year old talented artist Nanna Guldbæk talked about how she finds inspiration for her work from life experiences. We finished off by showing street artist Smelt Migs' PechaKucha video in 20X20 about why he makes art in the streets of his city, Frederikshavn. Wow, what an evening!!!

Calendar Here's what to expect tonight (October 11): PKN Salzburg Vol. 14, PKN Regensburg Vol. 10, PKN Augsburg Vol. 2, PKN Norrkoping Vol. 20, PKN Utrecht Vol. 5, PKN Omaha Vol. 16, PKN Kyiv Vol. 9, and PKN Katowice Vol. 8. Tomorrow, we have the following four events: PKN Bogota Vol. 9, PKN Longmont Vol. 8, PKN Pune Vol. 6, and PKN Seattle Vol. 39.


Maximalism In "Maximalism," designer Dan Christofferson takes us on a whirlwind tour of the works he's produced over the years, framing it through his experience as a resident of Salt Lake City, and explaining how it has affected that work. The presentation was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Salt Lake City Vol. 7.

An Interview with PKN Salt Lake City Organizer Tristan Shepherd

PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 7 We shared with you photos from Salt Lake City's Global Cities Week event (PechaKucha Night Vol. 7) a few days ago, and here's also an interview with organizer Tristan Shepherd. The article is originally from the CityWeekly, but as we were having trouble loading the link, we've included the entire interview in this post.

PechaKucha Night Celebrates Salt Lake City Arts, Design, Beyond by Austen Diamond POSTED // 2012-02-23 -What makes Salt Lake City so great? Thirteen presenters will say their piece in 20 slides at 20 seconds each this Friday for PechaKucha Night. A sampling of the well-rounded crop of presenters include Tim Lee (senior exhibit designer Natural History Museum of Utah), Dan Christofferson (artist/Big Cartel Missionary), Prescott Muir (architect), to name a few. A full line-up and more information can be found here. Tristan Shepherd, Salt Lake City Organizer of PechaKucha Night, spoke with City Weekly about the event. PechaKucha Night @ The State Room, 638 S. State, Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-11 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 day of show City Weekly: PechaKucha is a PowerPoint presentation style format where speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and talk on a certain subject. Is it liberating to have such strict confinement? (either way, why have this style of talk?) Tristan Shepherd: The PechaKucha founders, Klein Dytham Architecture, knew that a mic in certain hands could lead to long-winded presentations, especially with a PowerPoint behind them. They knew they needed to come up with a way to keep presenters on topic and concise. The 20x20 format may seem restrictive at first, but I think it helps take out a few of the possibilities of how you might present a topic. That, I think, is liberating. To know that I only need to create 20 slides and have enough to say about that slide for 20 seconds. However, that really is the only restriction given to a presenter. Some take it quite literally, one image on a slide and they talk about that slide for 20 seconds and move on to the next. Other's manipulate the format to fit their story. One presenter used the same image for a few slides in a row so that he could talk about a particular image for longer than 20 seconds. We do allow some video clips, but try to keep them to 20 second clips. So, in that sense, the format is liberating in how a presenter chooses to work within the 20x20 format. CW: This local event is part of Global PechaKucha Week. What's that all about? TS: This week--starting Feb. 20--marks the ninth anniversary of the first PechaKucha Night in Tokyo. PechaKucha Headquarters have put together previous Global Events, usually centered around the anniversary. A PechaKucha Global event is where as many PechaKucha Night cities (currently 490) try to hold an event on the same day. The first Global Event they ran was designed as a fundraiser to support Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. Last year, after the disaster in Japan, a Global Day for Japan was organized to raise money for relief efforts there. This year, they decided to hold a Global Cities Week to take some of the stress out of trying to have an event on a specific day. PechaKucha HQ asked that we try to theme the event and presentations around "our city." Usually, presenters are not asked to tailor their presentations around a specific theme. But in this case we want to know about the cool things that are happening in our city, or the cool places other people might not know about. Why do the presenters choose to live and work here? Tell us why Salt Lake City is great. Not every presenter is held to the "celebrate our city" theme, but all our presenters have a connection to our city, so in that respect just their presence at the event is a reason why Salt Lake City is worth celebrating. CW: I think if I was presenting, I'd recycle an idea I read about where the L.A. Times food writer reviewed every restaurant, in order, from his commute from home to work--for me, that would include Channon Thai, Moochie's, Cannela's, Copper Onion, to name a few. That'd be delicious. If you were presenting, what would you talk about? TS: Oh man, I'm always asked if I've presented (I haven't, I'm always too busy getting everything ready for all the other presenters.) Honestly, I'm not sure what I would present about, but I like your idea! I've been thinking about a food theme for a PechaKucha Night, even though we don't usually do themes. Want to present at a future event? On the PechaKucha website that have a section of old presentations. One of my favorites was a guy in St. Louis (I think) who did a presentation on all the best taco stands and restaurants in the city. It is funny, and totally informal, and just great. Anyway...what would I present...I'm an architect in training, but photography is also something I really enjoy. One of the reasons I decided to move here and go to school for architecture was the potential of the city and built environment. There are so many cool industrial buildings, vacant buildings, run-down buildings, vacant lots, historic structures, and just cool buildings and neighborhoods around our city. I don't think our city is fully utilizing these bits of architecture and urbanism. If I were presenting, I would have gone around and photographed as many of these places I could find and try to talk about potential uses for these places. Could something become a cool, hip new restaurant or shop. Maybe some under or misused buildings really want to be someone's house or condo. An old warehouse could become an indoor skate park or climbing gym. It would be a fun exercise to try and come up with these kinds of ideas for our city. CW: As I understand it, PechaKucha began as a way for architects to geek out on, well, architecture stuffs. But it has evolved to include people of all ages and interests. For this event, you've curated a DJ, the creator of Craft Lake City, a gallery owner, along with architects and designers. Talk about this broadening of scope. TS: I don't know exactly what the backgrounds were of the first PechaKucha Night presenters. But I can say this: of the 490 cities that have PechaKucha Night's, the original founders of PechaKucha Night have never asked someone to start a series in a city. PechaKucha is a grassroots movement that expresses a viral desire for people to share things they're passionate about. So, while it may have started with an architectural basis, I think almost everyone has a desire to share their work and talk about things they're proud of. PechaKucha Night gives you a reason to get into your city and share and connect with "real" people, to look someone in the face and say, "Hey, that was awesome, I love what you're doing!" PechaKucha allows you to break from your digital network and shake someone's hand. People have a desire to connect with others, and I think everyone generally responds positively to another who is genuinely passionate about what they're talking about. What intrigues me, and why we strive to always have a diverse range of presenters, is the possibility to learn from people who have a different background, or work in a different field than me. I like the idea that PechaKucha can expose people to things and ideas they might never come across in their typical day to day lives. At a PechaKucha Night, you can share a drink with people who do incredible things right here in our city. We recently had a presenter who is an engineering student at the University of Utah. She works on these impossibly small mechanical assemblies. Real science-fiction type stuff, like making camera lenses so small that they might one day be used to make artificial eyes. I like to think that there was someone in the audience who had no idea that something like that exists but now has that connection and they might come up with something together that could change the world. Grand idea, I know, so maybe it is something more simple like an author writing a book and they just saw an incredible artist and they get together to illustrate the book. I think the cross-pollination of ideas and disciplines is what makes PechaKucha Night great! CW: What are the keys that set some presentations off above and beyond others? TS: When someone talks about something they truly care about, that can be felt by the audience. There are so many things that can make a presentation stand out: unique and innovative work and ideas, bizarre and interesting stories, humor, being energetic. I think the presenters who have an interesting story to tell are the ones that stand out. CW: Are there any in particular that you are looking forward to tonight? TS: I'm in the unique position of seeing all the presenters' slides before anyone else. So I'm always interested to hear what they have to say about the slides. Usually when we ask someone to present we have an idea of what they should present. If, for example, we ask an architect to present, we probably expect them to talk about some cool new building they just completed. In this case, because of the "celebrate our city" theme, some presenters really took it to heart. So instead of seeing their portfolio of work, or some specific project they worked on, they are going to be saying something about the city. So I'm interested in hearing what all our presenters' have to say about our city. It was fun having the AIGA involved with this event. They brought in some presenters we might not otherwise have known to contact, so I'm interesting is seeing what they have to say. This also relates to your "broadening of scope" question above. CW: I'm sure there's something I'm not asking ... anything you'd like to add? TS: I'm sure there is something I could think of, but I think my answers are already longer than a 20 second reply.

PKN Salt Lake City Vol. 7 Time to start sharing a lot of the photos and reports that we've been receiving from the recent Global Cities Week events, and here's a look at Salt Lake City's PechaKucha Night Vol. 7 -- and there's more to see in this Flickr photoset. As you can see, it was a fantastic turnout, and in a separate post we'll be sharing some nice press that the event received. You'll find the full list of presenters on the event page. More...


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