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Sign Painting's Resurgence
BY JOE SWEC
@ VOL 18
ON NOV 21, 2013
Sign painter and designer Joe Swec speaks on his life, his projects, and his aging (or flourishing?) medium. He discusses the typographic elements found in his work, the challenges he confronted, and the renaissance of sorts that he believes is occuring in reference to his style.
Hand-Painted Signs in the 21st Century
BY DOUGIE KERR
@ VOL 27
ON NOV 05, 2013
Dougie Kerr is considered a Toronto legend, and he has been painting signs since the 60s. When he first moved to Canada in the 70s, his first job was painting totem poles. He is now one of the two only sign-makers at Honest Ed's, the most iconic department store in Toronto. He does a variety of in-store signage, sometimes producing 40-50 hand-painted signs a day.
Sign Painting: Craft or Design?
BY ALARIC GARNIER
@ VOL 9
ON AUG 01, 2013
Sign painter and typography designer Alaric Garnier discusses his research around the vernacular of lettering via the publications he's designed as well as his work on the May Gallery visual identity. He speaks about his struggle to define his work as that of craft or design, and the conclusions he's arrived at.
Wieringer Boat Lettering
BY DAVID QUAY
@ VOL 10
ON APR 22, 2014
David Quay talks about a museum exhibition in Netherlands which showed the impressive work of amateur typographer in fishing boats and he went on a quest to find him. Through his journey, he found his daughter and shares his techniques.
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PKN Tel Aviv Vol. 6
PechaKucha Night in Tel Aviv sure knows how to attract an audience, with a massive 2,000 attendees packing the Hangar 11 venue for this month's Vol. 6. Organizer Anat Safran files this report. PechaKucha Tel Aviv Vol. 6 was a huge success and I would be happy to share some of our event's highlights with you. First some figures: 2000 people came to the Tel Aviv port to watch PechaKucha Vol. 6. 9 presenters showed their works. 6 days is the time that it took to sell all the tickets in advance, 2 weeks before the event. That's Anat on the left. Our first presenter was Ram Matza, who came up on stage with a curious device hanging behind his shoulders that turned out to be a small camera, one of many that Ram enjoys building and manipulating. He puts them on musical instruments during live shows and VJs the whole thing live on stage. Later that night for our after-party, DJ Schoolmaster was equipped with small cameras all over him, and the images were projected on the Hangar wall outside. Our second presenter, Guy Sagie, a talented graphic designer, showed a beautiful project of drawn typography inspired by children tales and historic events. Didi Vardi, our 3rd presenter, is a 74 year-old junk collector who builds incredible yet useless machines in his workshop. He brought one of his machines onstage, a machine that was built just for the Burning Man festival. It was actually his birthday that very night and we were happy to surprise him with a cake and a "Happy Pecha to You" song. A very surprising presentation came right after by Dr. Amiki Szold, a surgeon and tai-chi teacher. He showed 400 seconds of a laparoscopy operation accompanied by the sound of his heartbeat, and told us about his job, his feelings, his art... It was interesting to see everyone's reaction to this presentation -- after the first few seconds of shock people were mesmerized and were very touched by Dr Szold's comforting, interesting, and emotional words. We then had 400 seconds of mind-blowing images by a young graphic designer and illustrator known as Pilpeled. A variety of drawings, collages, and interactive clips with powerful music filled us all with youth energy. Architect Dr. Yossi Kori went on stage right after and showed us 20 slides of his green ecological architecture projects. You could see side by side sustainable architecture projects and electro-magnetic floating cities. It felt like a short trip to the future. The next presentation was by an Israeli duo known as Duprass who created a special piece for PechaKucha. It included a video and a soundtrack of an air compressor and girls choir. As you can imagine, it was noisy, and intriguing. Yonatan Kunda is a spoken word artist, and he created a special smart and touching text of love and anger to our city -- Tel Aviv -- that has just celebrated its 100th anniversary. The text was performed in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Our last presenter, Kutiman, is now a very hot star since his project Thru-You got worldwide media coverage and more than 4 million views on YouTube. This talented musician had found on YouTube home-made videos of various musicians around the world, and remixed them into 7 beautiful songs. He than created a site called www.thru-you.com where you can watch his new creations as well as look at the original videos. It is an amazing revolutionary project, you just have to see it and be blown away just like we were... Well, it was an amazing evening and we are looking forward to our next one in September. Come visit our blog: www.pechakuchatlv.com
Looking at another presentation from last week's PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 66, this time it's Ryotaro Bordini Chikushi's "Peace Sweater" project: A great and inspiring independent peace project. Typography meets Fashion. Collaboration and Fusion. Universal greetings and Fair Trade production -- a clothing project with a global message. Make sure to watch the presentation full-screen!
Presenting at PechaKucha Night in Tromso Vol. 6 were Jens K Styve and Espen Sandberg of Tank Design. Their presentation was made up of their list of some of Tromso's iconic signs, graded according to a few characteristics, like charm, typography, nostalgia, and more.
Letters on Cuba
Recorded at this past Wednesday's PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 88, we end the week with a presentation from designer Ian Lynam -- who also made our new PechaKucha Global Cities Week logo -- that features photos of typography spotted in and around Cuba during a recent trip.
The Art of Photographing Water, Indonesian Comics, and Post-Earthquake Christchurch
Presentations Chris Tennant is a physicist by day, but behind the lens he becomes the champion of photographing water. This presentation (from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1) takes us on an exploration of the soul of water's essence. The images are amazing enough, but Chris' narrative opens us to a deeper understanding of why we are always drawn to images of water. Anto Motulz is an Indonesian comic book artist, and in this presentation (in Indonesian, from PKN Jakarta Vol. 9) he tells us about the medium he had decided to express himself in. As a comic artist, he does not limit himself by drawing with one tool, and instead he will move from ballpoint to pencil to color pencil to brush, even using sticky notes as a medium. He also shares stories how he himself as an artist is adapting to technology development, from using Wacom and the iPad in creating his works. Posters We have a few additions to the Tumblr blog today, including posters for PKN Castellon Vol. 1, PKN Pisa Vol. 2, and PKN Christchurch Vol. 14 (pictured above). Here's more from PKN Christchurch organizer Jessica Halliday, on the poster, the upcoming event, and the current state of post-earthquake Christchurch.The poster was designed by noted New Zealand artist Julia Morison. We're in raptures over it -- it's the first illustrative design we've had for a PKN poster, hey're usually by designers who are obsessed with typography, not that there's anything wrong with that but it's a great privilege to have Julia make something so distinctive for us that so beautifully expresses PechaKucha. This time we're going to hold PechaKucha Night in The Court Theatre's temporary shed -- a post-earthquake example of temporary adaptive reuse of an industrial building for cultural purposes. It's in the urban-fringe village of Addington, so we're stepping outside the central city for the first time. Much of our central city is still cordoned off -- as it has been since the 22 February earthquake -- and it is now estimated that at least 80% of our central city buildings will be demolished. In addition, over 7000 domestic properties have been 'red-zoned,' meaning they won't be rebuilt on their existing sites and thousands of people have to find new places to live. This is a devastating loss and life here is still very difficult for many of the city's citizens. We hope PKNCHCH14 will be something of a bright spark in the cold, winter darkness. We've got an excellent line up -- from the eight listed on the poster we've now risen to 11 superb speakers from the fields of architecture, science, visual art and design. We may even get a special surprise twelfth speaker...Video Today, instead of photos, we share a video that offers a taste of the recent PKN Bilbao Vol. 13. Calendar Tonight (July 3) you can catch PKN Cape Town Vol. 19 -- we're told there will be an 11-year-old presenter in the lineup -- and tomorrow you can look to the following two events: PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 and PKN Utsunomiya Vol. 1.
Drawn Lines, A Traffic Sign and Typographic Design, and PKN Singapore Illustrated
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. 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. 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 Posters: Winnipeg Vol. 13
If the coolness of a poster dictates how well a PechaKucha evening goes, we suspect Winnipeg's Vol. 13 will be a real doozy. PKN Winnipeg's next-in-line will be held Thursday, the 7th of March. The designer of this here affiche -- as they say -- is not only a craftsman of color, typography, and form, but also a bit of a wordsmith. He goes by the name Jeope Wolfe, and has this to say on the topic of PechaKucha: As [PKN Winnipeg's] poster designer, I considered visual connections between Winnipeg and the greater, global PechaKucha 'movement'. We're a city hundreds of kilometres and hours away from the next city and as such we have a unique ability to entertain ourselves, and thrive at doing it. Winnipeg is diverse yet tight-knit, and with winters as long and dark as they are, creative up the wazoo. We take the lemons we're given and make high holy lemonade. For a more panoramic view of Jeope's thoughts on PKN, poster-making, and more, check out his blog.
PKN Posters: Champaign-Urbana Vol. 13
Upon unrolling this poster (designed by the very talented Ghada Yousef) found in our mailbox this morning we were at once struck by its hand-crafted look and bold choices in typography. Champaign-Urbana organizer Christina Wondra passed on this info from Yousef on the Vol. 13 poster-crafting process: This poster was printed using two different printing methods. The sponsors logos at the bottom were printed digitally at Dixon Graphics. The rest of the design was printed in one layer using a letterpress machine (Vandercook SP15) at The Living Letterpress. The process included finding the perfect set of typefaces, setting them up, and proofing them. The design included both wood type and metal type along with some images. After printing the posters, they were set on drying racks to let the ink fully dry, which usually takes around 48 hours. Check out the PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 13 event page for more details on this exciting evening. To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.
Duct Tape Fonts
Most people write with pens and pencils. Shuestu Sato writes with duct tape. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Duct Tape Fonts" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 49, Hikaru Yamashita of the documentary film group TrioFour introduces us to what appears to be an ordinary Japanese train station security guard (Shuetsu Sato) with a unique design talent: he makes fonts and useful graphics purely of duct tape. Hikaru takes us on a zany journey involving national television broadcasts, corporate promotions, lighter scavenger hunts, and much more.
A Dozen Publications
In today's Presentation of the Day, "A Dozen Publications" from a special PechaKucha Night held at the Magazine Library 10 exhibition, designer Ian Lynam speaks on the impact print media has had on his life -- how it introduced him to new aspects of counter-culture, cultivated his personal ideology, and of course placed him in front of unique typography, graphic design, and writing.