Did you know? 75% of the world’s food comes from 12 plant and 5 animal species!

Trent McBride and Tao Romera Martinez introduce to us a service they’ve developed to expose people to real home-cooked cuisine. In “Tadaku” which happens to also be the name of their service, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 121, we hear not only about home-cooking, but also some fascinating facts about food from all over the world.

“Few months back, he had a really hard time, I saw him breakdown, and I realised everyone has ups and downs.”

Designer Pathum Egodawatta delves into the graphic designs that have inspired him. In “Friends, Strangers, and other Stories” from PKN Colombo Vol. 3 he goes through his design work and the inspiration behind them.

Our bodies act as a shared experience, and death is the one unifying conclusion.

Abdi Farah contemplates what it means to be and artist. In “Time, Space, and Playing Fields” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 11, he discusses his passion for art in New Orleans, and seeking kindred spirits through an exploration of metaphysical and imaginary worlds and sports. 

Can augmented reality make us into super-humans?

AR Specialist Helen Papagiannis, Ph. D tells us how AR has the potential to change the way we experience the world. In “Designing the Future of Augmented Reality” from PKN Toronto Vol. 31 Helen goes into the ways AR can created meaningful, helpful, human-centered experiences for us.

What a night! This past Friday we had our latest Global Night and we're just now starting to recover. From all the PKNs around the world, to the close to 20-hour online Hangout with city organizers, it was a night to remember. Check the Global Night Channel over the coming weeks for more updates on how things went, as well as presentations that followed the theme of "design in your city."

To the left is a shot of the Hangout from PechaKucha HQ, in the early hours of the morning (Tokyo time), as we chatted with city organizers the world over. Below, our big crowd shot (we had close to 400 in attendance) at our event in Tokyo.

We highlighted Global Night posters last week, and you'll fine more on our PKN Poster Tumblr. We're also blown away by some of the fantastic examples that have been done outside of Global Night of late, like this one from Ubud, designed by Mikhail Eraga, who also produced the posters for the city's volumes 20 and 21.


We're back to the "City Focus" this week, and we're highlight one of our newer series. The city of Bergen had its Vol. 2 this past Friday as part of our Global Night 2015, but you can already take a look at the presentations from its Vol. 1.

“We made 120 ceramic cockatoos — it took 20 firings in total.”

Julianne Smallwood met her friend Judy about ten years ago through the world of ceramics. In “A Kiln-Fired Friendship” from PKN Blue Mountains, Vol. 6, she details her collaboration with Judy and also delves into the challenges of ceramic-firing, building kilns, and the process of crafting beautiful, delicate words of art.

“I was ready to pursue my dreams — however dangerous they may be.”

Adventurer Mike Reid shares his journey kayaking from the west coast of Japan to South Korea. In “Crossing Seas and Authorities” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 121, he shows us that riding the Sea of Japan/Korea was not always the most difficult aspect of the expedition — there’s always customs.

“Either way, live or die, this is a great show!”

Mark Stutzman, illustrator known for the iconic Elvis U.S. Postal stamp and numerous other artistic accomplishments, discusses his work with David Blaine. In “The Art of Magic” from PKN Accident Vol. 1, Mark shows us how he creates a promotional poster for illusionist David Blaine's memorable feat of being nearly drowned alive in New York City. 


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