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Joel Gendron

Designer in Winnipeg



MAKE is the work of Joel Gendron – A Creative Director and Designer developing strategy-driven content for all platforms. Joel has collaborated with brands all over the world to create some compelling visuals and tell amazing stories. He has worked with the NFL, NHL, The 2014 Olympics, The Smithsonian Institution, Puma, and many others. He makes weekly personal projects to hone his craft and try new things.

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How to Make a Figurine

@ VOL 1 ON NOV 07, 2013

Jim Freckingham walks us through the process by which toy figurines are made. They are often built with the same or similar parts to save costs. Jim then shows us a mini army of toys he's designed and built himself. 

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@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida explain RockPaperRobot, a design company that specializes in the invention and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. They discuss the perfect manufacturing process, which requires a balance of time, money, and ability. They also offer a detailed glimpse into the creation of one of their products: a magnetically-levitating coffee table. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 25, 2014.

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Whether it is possible to make the city as the design plant


A festival called "Form" is going to be held in Chelyabinsk very soon. This project is created for anyone interested in the visual fine art. Organizers promise to turn the city into design plant for a couple of days. How it will be and why the design defines the maintenance of everything what us surrounds. About this says Irina Yurchenko and Stepan Solodkov, creators of the festival.

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We Make Carpets

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 24, 2015

Speaker Marcia Nolte discusses WE MAKE CARPETS, a buisness that does not make carpets. At least, not the kind of carpet you can walk on. Still, one of the visitors of the Dutch Design Week 2010 stepped all over Fork Carpet.

The carpets are not meant to be touched either. But it sometimes happens anyway. ‘Muisjes’ Carpet suddenly had an imprint of a finger. A visitor nibbled on Candybar Carpet. 

But to glue everything down or put an art barrier around it? No. That doesn’t fit with the work. From a distance it may look like a carpet but you have to come close to see it is actually made of clothes pegs. Or some other everyday product. 

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Science and Design

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Thom Walters describes his professional life and discipline as living between the worlds of science and design thinking. The science side, he's a behavioral strategist who identifies and interprets the cultural and behavioral dynamics of both organizations and their consumers. The design thinking side, he's a specialist in helping to develop the strategy and approach for driving and navigating organizational innovation and change. He is passionate about hiking and skiing, any artisan food scene, using his well worn passport and people that make him think or laugh. A native of San Francisco, he calls Portland home.

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People Make Places

@ VOL 142 ON DEC 14, 2016

"We managed to dig out all the people's personalities. In doing the interviews we uncovered so many layers of Japanese culture which I didn't expect."

In People Make Places at PechaKucha Night Tokyo. 142, Writer and entrepreneur Charles Spreckley shares stories about the humble geniuses who make Tokyo endlessly explorable: the chef and his restaurant, the designer and her boutique, the barista and his coffee shop, or the art dealer and her gallery. His self-published book about these inspiring characters, 'People Make Places', came out this year.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. 

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Rethinking Resettlement

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"How can we make our endeavors clear and approachable enough that we can actually contribute to the public debate at a very high level?"

In Rethinking Resettlement from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, Erkin Özay, reviews some of the social and design issues involved in rehousing and supporting Buffalo, New York's new Americans. Özay's Spring 2016 UB graduate studio explored the potential for temporary and long-term housing for newly arrived refugees and immigrants, as well as the role of supporting institutions, community assets, and reimagining the existing housing stock. Özay's project investigates "compassionate urbanism." He is interested in how groups of limited means--new and existing residents--support each other through careful intersections. 

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The Energy of Well Being - A New Framework for Life Balance

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 24, 2017

Lynne Stewart’s new framework for life balance is grounded on the pillars of a balanced, well-rounded life and the impact of energy on our well-being. Lynne highlights that life balance can be achieved through blending individual components and workplace components such as strategy for eating, strategy for sleeping, and strategy for playing to motivation and strategic decision making. 

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How to Make a Paper Frog

@ VOL 21 ON MAR 01, 2018

Using none of the wisdom learned over ten years in the design industry, Ben Clark will teach you how to make a jumping paper frog in 20 ribbeting slides.