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Micro Sofubi

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 99 ON JAN 23, 2013

What is Micro Sofubi? Let our resident vinyl toy expert Don Kratzer guide you through the ins and outs of this category of figures he has so much love for -- and he hopes you'll love them too.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 26, 2013.

PechaKucha Night公式ウェブサイトで26日に「今日のプレゼンテーション」に選ばれたDonさんのミクロソフビプレゼンテーションをご紹介します。

フィギュア好きな方に特におすすめです。

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Immortal Micro-Life

BY RAQUEL IBÁÑEZ PERAL
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 23, 2013

Raquel Ibáñez Peral is a science popularizer -- she loves talking about science. In her presentation, she talks about how micro-life is almost inmortal. (in Spanish)

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Micro Explosion of the Mind

BY BAO BIN
@ VOL 13 ON MAY 18, 2013

Art Director Bao Bin talks about how a limited budget and limitless demands from clients require designers to be able to brain storm and respond very quickly. This resulted in what he called the “Micro Explosion of Mind”. Here he will show us his way of triggering this ‘explosion’ through his thinking and design for Society and Landscape project.

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Exploration of the Micro-ecology

BY MARTIN VAN DER MEYDER
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 20, 2013

Martin van der Meyder takes us on a journey into a micro-ecology. Using various macro photographic techniques, he explores his local ecology from a perspective from which we often do not take the time to view.

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What is Sofubi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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Women and Water

BY MIMI AUYEUNG
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 28, 2015

Mimi AyYeung describes the activities and results of HOPE, a charitable organization that provides water wells and micro-loans in Cambodia.

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Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry

BY REINDER VAN TIJEN
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

“Craft keeps alive a few million– a few billion people but it doesn't lift them out of poverty. You need something else; what you need is your brain and my brain, an attitude, and a change.”

In Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry from PechaKucha Night Maastrict’s 27th Volume, Reinder van Tijen, owner of the company Demotech discusses industry at the poverty level. In industry, one needs capital. In an environment with no capital, one needs Ingenuity. Loopholes can be found when one re-designs concepts, tools, methods, and ideas to make them accessible and affordable to everybody in the world. Tijen’s goal? To improve lives with tricks and techniques and create more joy per person.

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

BY DON KRATZER
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."

In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in TokyoDon Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 23rd, 2016. 

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#conlife: Toy Conventions around the World

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 143 ON JAN 25, 2017

"The toys are amazing but the best part is meeting all the people."

Don Kratzer has been involved in the Indie Toy Scene for over a decade and has spent the past year traveling to Toy Conventions all over the world. In #conlife: Toy Conventions around the World, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 142, he shares his insights into the idiosyncrasies of each local scene and how they relate to the global Art Toy movement.

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How to Make a Micro-Budget Film

BY BRITTANY RAFALAK
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Brittany Rafalak is an independent filmmaker who shares some useful tricks and know-how she has learned through the years for making a film on a budget. Unlike other creative artists, a filmmaker can't simply pick up a camera and start filming, so she has had to devise creative strategies to produce the films she wants, on a limited budget. Her presentation inspires us as creative artists, even those who are not filmmakers, to not let finances stop us from achieving our vision.

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PKN Chattanooga Vol. 3

PechaKucha Night in Chattanooga Vol. 3 was held at the end of April, and organizer Matt Brown sends in this report on what sounded like a very special and more intimate PKN. Our 3rd event took place at CreateHere again. Because there were so many events taking place in Chattanooga over the past few weeks, we had a smaller turnout, and fewer presenters. Despite that, there was an exceptional energy to the crowd and many new faces. Our first order of business was to take a greeting photo for PKN Athens, which I have already sent to them for their event on Friday. We were very happy to be contacted by the organizers of another host city, and it just proves the instant connection we all share through PechaKucha. There are no borders. Our first presenter, Cole Sweeton, focused on PechaKucha itself. Cole's presentation highlighted some of the challenges that we face as organizers behind-the-scenes, especially working as a not-for-profit group. But the real focus of his presentation was on how both the individual presenters and the community benefit mutually from PechaKucha Night. The opportunity to share one's passion and interest with a welcoming and attentive audience is a rare one. The crowd leaves inspired, educated, sometimes challenged, but always wanting more. Many people approached us with ideas for future presenters and sponsors. The positive energy coming from the attendees more than makes up for the effort put into the event. Our photographer for the event was Chloe Wright. Chloe's portraits of the event illustrate her perspective quite well. The very personal nature of what each person brings to PKN is what connects each of us. We relate to what others are passionate about because we ourselves are passionate about something. The diversity of subject matter and presentation deliveries only makes the event that much more exciting. The simplicity of the format yields limitless variations based on the individuality of the presenter. This unique quality of PKN is what keeps us all hungry for more! Attached are some of Chloe's images from the event. So many micro-conversations happen during and after one of these events, and her shots capture these well. I have asked her if she wants her contact info published, but I have not heard back. I will let you know if so. All photos in this post are by Chloe (email), and as Matt explains, " so many micro-conversations happen during and after one of these events, and her shots capture these well."

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A Japanese Micro Brewery and a Closer Look at the Brain

Presentations As any true beer connoisseur will tell you, all beers are not created equal. In this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), Shiro Yamada talks about the micro brewery he helped create to make a better beer (Nippon Craft Beer Inc.) and the "KAGUA" scented ale he's been producing. This presentation (in French, from PKN Lausanne Vol. 8) gets rather "heady," as Pierre Magistretti takes everyone on a detailed tour of the brain, and other aspects of newrobiology (the study of the nervous system). Posters New on the Tumblr blog today is the poster you see above, for the upcoming PKN Nagoya Vol. 12. The event will be held on August 24 at Montage Lounge.  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QniQ5qxaubQ Videos Dnipropetrovsk's PKN Vol. 2 was yesterday (or is possibly still happening as we write this), and organizer Volodymyr Nedogoda has shared the video you see above, to give us an idea of what the city's Vol. 1 -- held back in May -- was like.  Calendar There are two events on tap for today (August 1): PKN Glasgow Vol. 9 and PKN Azores Vol. 3. Tomorrow gets a bit busier, with the following three events: PKN Winter Harbor Vol. 6, PKN Springfield, IL Vol. 8, and PKN Victoria Vol. 10. 

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Don Kratzer

Over the next few days we will be highlighting presenters for next week's PKN Tokyo Vol. 99, and we start with Don Kratzer, a creative director based in Tokyo who also loves to share his passion for soft vinyl figures. In his presentation next week, he will introduce us to the world of "Micro Sofubi."来週23日に行うPechaKucha Night 東京99プレゼンターの皆様をご紹介いたします。東京で活躍されるクリエイティブディレクターのDon Kratzerさんです。指人形、フィギュアのプレゼンテーションでおなじみのDonさんが柔らかいビニール素材のフィギュアもついて発表してくださいます。Donさんのウェブサイトもぜひご覧ください。

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Micro Sofubi

Wait, you didn't think that "Presentation of the Day" was just a weekday thing, did you? We want to make sure that even on a Saturday, you can start the day off with one of our favorites PechaKucha presentations. Today we highlight a presentation by Don Kratzer, from this past Wednesday's PKN Tokyo Vol. 99. What is Micro Sofubi? Let our resident vinyl toy expert guide you through the ins and outs of this category of figures he has so much love for -- and that he hopes you'll love too.

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Symphonies of the City

From the cacophonous cries of the city springs forth a mellifluous mini-musicale. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Symphonies of the City" from PKN Toronto Vol. 25, designer Marc De Pape is "exploring the relationship between sensing technology and the routines of everyday life." He's created a device that he compares to a windchime: one that not only creates sounds with the wind, but senses audio, motion, direction, temperature, light, and more. Based on the sensory input of the city, the device generates a melodious micro-orchestra of sounds that are not at all displeasing to the ear. Give it a listen on Marc's project page.

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What is Sofubi?

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. In "What is Sofubi?" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 110, perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on these fascinating and delightful mid-20th century products. 

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in Tokyo, Don Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

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Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry

  “Craft keeps alive a few million– a few billion people but it doesn't lift them out of poverty. You need something else; what you need is your brain and my brain, an attitude, and a change.” In Pro-Poor Innovation, How to Hype it with Micro Industry from PechaKucha Night Maastrict’s 27th Volume, Reinder van Tijen, owner of the company Demotech discusses industry at the poverty level. In industry, one needs capital. In an environment with no capital, one needs Ingenuity. Loopholes can be found when one re-designs concepts, tools, methods, and ideas to make them accessible and affordable to everybody in the world. Tijen’s goal? To improve lives with tricks and techniques and create more joy per person.  

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A Zero-Waste Junkie's Journey to Pesto

“Three Rs! The waste hierarchy! It’s a hierarchy because reducing is more effective than reusing and reusing is more effective than recycling.” In A Zero-Waste Junkie's Journey to Pesto from PechaKucha Night Atlanta’s 28th volume Speaker Lisa Pellegrino discusses what she has learned while recovering from being a “zero-waste junky”. As part of her recovery she is ensuring that she is part of A (not THE) solution on a micro scale. Hear Lisa’s background in sustainability, where that background led her, and where she has followed that road to today… (Hint: pesto is part of it).

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Hyperloop - Your Everyday Roller Coaster

  "He said, 'Young man, just try to do it!'" In Hyperloop - Your Everyday Roller Coaster from PechaKucha Night Special x MINI @ BMW Group Tokyo Bay, David Chew Vee Kuan shares how he and a team of students is trying to build the prototype of a futuristic transportation system called the Hyperloop. They are bringing their micro version of Hyperloop to compete with other teams from the US and Europe in Space X HQ, LA this October.