The DFA Design for Asia Awards 2019 is now open for global online submission.

Design projects, launched in one or more Asian markets between 1 January 2017 and 31 May 2019, are eligible for Awards submission by the design’s owner or client, or by the brand’s owner, designer or design consultancy.

DESIGNART is taking over Tokyo from October 16th to 22nd. A new design and art platform co-established by PechaKucha Founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. A big PechaKucha Night in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo on Monday 16th at 5pm will help launch the festival. Speakers include Lady Gaga’s shoe designer - Noritaka Tatehana, digital designer for U2, Jamiroquai, OKGO - Moritz Waldemeyer and Swedish design and architecture superstars Claesson Koivisto Rune. Super Model Ai Tomonaga and Danish Florist Nicolai Bergman will be opening the event. We are expecting a BIG crowd - it’s a free event - see you there!

PechaKucha Night Milan - Calling for Presenters!

PKN Milan is organizing a special edition PKN to coincide with MILAN DESIGN WEEK. Our Milan organizer, Carlo Venegoni is inviting the international community gathering in Milan to share their creative ideas, on it's stage. From design to architecture, from cinema to art, and beyond, the stage is open to all walks of creativity! 

If you are interested to present your thoughts, projects, and reflections during the DESIGN WEEK, PechaKucha Night Milan can provide you a spotlight and the opportunity to share your project on the Global Stage! Here are some of the details you need to join and share!

Where? At Joe Peña's (Via Savona 17, Milano), in Zona Tortona
When? On Tuesday April, 12th at aperitivo time (6 PM)
How? As always, in the 20x20 format!

To express your interest in presenting at the PKN Milan Design Week special edition, please fill and submit this formSee you in Milan!

"...distilling the essence of motorcycle for our clients, re-designing, re-building, and re-engineering and, along the way, pumping in as much coolness as we can."

In Its Not What You Ride, But How You Ride from Tokyo, Vol. 124 Matthew Roberts of Speedtractor Industries, a custom motorcycle and design studio in Tokyo, shares his passion for the true essence of motorcycle riding. With custom motorcycle design becoming ever more accessible, Matthew discusses how he guides clients to designing the bikes that are just right for them. 

A truly cool presentation!

If Fonts were Celebrities

"Comic Sans is something very juvenile and unstable ... perfect for Justin Bieber."

Graphic designer Pavithra Ramanujam's latest obsession: lettering and stitching -- and comparing fonts to the rich and famous. In "If Fonts were Celebrities" from PKN Chennai Vol. 6, Pavithra matches fonts with the likes of Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, and more!

What typeface are you?

Robert Brickell shares his love for typography. In “Personality Type” from PKN New Westminster Vol. 3 he draws connections between the feel and design of a font to the very human emotions that they convey.

“I believe in using design as a lens to take things apart, and then put them back together.”

Prolific graphic designer Ian Lynam speaks about his new book on design and culture: Parting it Out (now on Kickstarter). At PKN Tokyo Vol. 122 he describes what he feels are the main motivating factors behind great design.

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.

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.