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We’re excited to announce that Singapore has been chosen as one of only four cities in the world besides New York City, Warsaw and Mexico City to participate in the search for a design team to create the ultimate lounge experience for Milan Design Week 2014.

If you’d like to showcase your expertise in any of the following – graphic design, product design, motion design, fashion design and interior design, check out the submission details on http://www.heineken.tumblr.com and selected candidates will be invited to present at the Pecha Kucha Night in July once entries close on 31 May. Come on Singapore, let’s get ourselves on the map!

Singapore's lucky number, Vol. 7, PechaKucha Night is coming up this Thursday, March 28. The poster for PKN Singapore Vol. 7 was illustrated by the talented Elizabeth Simonson.

AsiaOne recently posted a quick preview of the event -- here's a bit of what to expect:

PechaKucha Vol. 7 speakers include Stefan Lim, founder of Gigout, an app that improves the concert experience, who will present on his journey through the Hollywood music industry, Krish Raghav, publisher of web-comic Beijing Brown and music fan, who will take guests through South-east Asia's indie music scene, and journalist and comedian Suffian Hakim who will share secrets of television content creation and explore the future of TV.

Other speakers include Grace Clapham, co-founder of Secret {W} Business, who will speak about women and entrepreneurship, and Danny Osman who will talk about what marketing strategies can attract the masses.

Check out AsiaOne for the full article.

To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

PKN Posters: Singapore Vol. 6


Today's poster is sprinkled with hummingbirds in a repetition-of-form fashion. Among our first PechaKucha nights of 2013 -- coming up next Thursday the 17th -- is PKN Singapore Vol. 6. They have a big new venue (Home Club) so if you're in the area, why not flutter on by? 

To see more great posters from PechaKucha nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

Designing a Water Bottle for the Future, Washing Books, and PK at the World Architecture Festival

PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 Presentations Kaz Yoneda (of Takram Design Engineering) talks (at PKN Tokyo Vol. 95) about a recent project with a Korean company that saw him try and design the "water bottle of the future." Anja Kirkeby explains the topic of her presentation (in Danish, from PKN Aalborg Vol. 7):

I use books as the material in my present work and process them in different ways. I have washed 70 books in my washing machine on different programmes in order to see how paper, binding, soap, spindry and other factors influence the sculptures. I took them out of the machine and dried them exactly the way they came out. Now I know a lot more about the effect of washing in a machine, about the difference between a sculpture and a lump of papier-maché and what soap and fabric softener does to the colour of the items. The proces emphasized discussions on: what is art (and what is not), is changing a book blasphemy or transformation from one artform to another, and is a book only a book when it is readable? By exhibiting my books I have experienced what happens when we meet the unexpected on our way through everyday life, and the necessity of being provoked to see and grasp the ordinary in surprising new ways.

PKN Singapore Vol. 5 Posters Singapore had its Vol. 5 a month ago -- that's the poster pictured above (it was added to our Tumblr blog a while back), and we highlight it because this week saw another PK event in the city, part of the World Architecture Festival. PK cofounder Mark Dytham was on hand for the event -- he's participating in the conference as a judge and speaker -- and we'll share all of the presentations from the event on the PK site later this month. Below, a couple of photos from the PechaKucha + WAF event. PechaKucha + WAF PechaKucha + WAF Calendar It's another big Thursday (October 4): PKN Pittsburgh Vol. 13, PKN Moncton Vol. 7, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6, PKN Doha Vol. 6, PKN Vaxjo Vol. 12,PKN Kolding Vol. 18, and PKN New Orleans Vol. 7. Tomorrow, Osijek has its first PKN, along with PKN Kosice Vol. 23 and PKN Tulsa Vol. 2.

PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2 Presentations In her presentation (from PKN Hyderabad Vol. 9), Lasya Moronica shares some of the very detailed and complex line drawings she produces.  Jiri Toman is a young graphic artist, and in his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2) he talks about his diploma project. He completely redesigned traffic signs, and designed a special font. He also shares his other typographic work. PKN Bari Vol. 1 Posters We have four new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Bari Vol. 1 (pictured above). You'll also find posters for tonight's PKN Bratislava Vol. 20, PKN Bogota Vol. 9, and PKN Aalen Vol. 12.  PKN Singapore Vol. 5 Event Report How's this for a great event report, courtesy of PKN Singapore organizer Jon Siegel (on the recent Vol. 5): "One of our audience members [Bernie Quah], without us noticing, illustrated every speaker that night along with notes and posted it to Issuu." Calendar It's a big Thursday (September 20), with the following 10 PKNs on tap: PKN Maastricht Vol. 15, PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 3, PKN Miami Vol. 17, PKN Hamptons Vol. 1, PKN Valencia Vol. 14, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 11, PKN Whangarei Vol. 14, PKN Malaga Vol. 1, PKN Aarhus Vol. 14, and PKN Bratislava Vol. 20. Tomorrow, you'll find the following 3 events: PKN Lucerne Vol. 5, PKN Vancouver Vol. 23, and PKN Gisborne Vol. 10.

PKN Durban Vol. 7 Presentations Leon Conradie is an experienced architectural academic, who is doing his Masters Research on "The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects: 1955 -1964." Crofton & Benjamin Architects were prolific in the 50s and 60s on beachfront developments, and have designed many iconic Durban buildings, each with an Art Deco style. In his presentation (from PKN Durban Vol. 7), Leon gives us a tour of these buildings, and points out their unique quirks. Pavel Fila is an IT specialist, programmer, and also organiser of the "Šramlfest" festival. In his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Znojmo Vol. 1), he talks about Eternity Brothers, a local group of VJs and electronic artists, and shares some of their work. PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6 Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster for the upcoming PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 6 (pictured above), which will be part of the The Second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, an important event on the city's cultural agenda. It will also be the first time a PKN in Ekaterinburg is themed, with all presentations tied to art -- below, more details on the event:

This time PechaKucha Night Ekaterinburg invites everyone to think about contemporary art during the parallel program of The Second Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary art. We wonder if there is some place for modern art in modern person`s life? You can tell there about your personal experience, projects, interests or ideas in the field of modern art. We try to find the answer if it is necessary to be an artist to make art? Do you make art? Does your art have a target? What do you what from contemporary art as a consumer? How are your projects connected with art?

PKN Singapore Vol. 5 PKN Singapore Vol. 5 Photos Take a look at last week's PKN Singapore Vol. 5 courtesy of this photo gallery [Facebook]. As organizer Jon Siegel tells us, it was a fantastic event with a great turnout (close to 300) and a terrific lineup of presenters. Above, a look at part of the crowd, and presenter Jon "Yongfook" CockleCalendar We kick off the week with tonight's (September 10) PKN Muscat Vol. 2, and tomorrow you can catch Toronto's Vol. 17. 

PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 Presentations Dwayne Butcher is an artist and curator, and in this presentation (from PKN Memphis Vol. 1) he talks about how he started producing art -- what inspired him to start -- and shares works that he has made and that has inspired him. In this presentation (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), Hiroshi Miyazaki (of Aquent) talks about the competition that was held for his company to produce a calendar, and goes through the art work that made the cut. PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 Posters Since our last regular post two weeks ago, we have amassed quite a collection of posters, and we'll be gradually sharing a few each day throughout the coming week. Today, we've added the following to the Tumblr blog:  PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 (pictured above), PKN San Antonio Vol. 7 (see this preview piece for more info), this past May's PKN Singapore Vol. 4, and last week's big special edition PKN in Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNy9lko2gw0 Video PKN St. Louis organizer Jeannette Thompson sent us this link for a video report on the city's latest PKN, produced in conjunction with the local PBS affiliate.  Links

Calendar Following these last few summer week, the PechaKucha Night calendar is starting to fill up again, and although there are no PKNs planned for tonight or tomorrow, you can look to Wednesday (August 22) for PKN Cairns Vol. 5 and PKN Durban Vol. 8.

PechaKucha Night in Singapore

PechaKucha Night has unfortunately been missing from Singapore for a few years now, but we just found this photo on Flickr taken at the city's Vol. 2 back in 2008 -- by Flickr user recyclofashion -- and it looks like they took the 20 seconds very seriously, going so far as to adding a giant timer on the stage to remind the presenters and audience alike how much time they had left.

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