PechaKucha Presentation

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Alex Hammond

in London

The Secret Life of the Pencil


"Every now and then, put aside your computer, your iPad... and explore the simplicity of a pencil on paper."

In 'The Secret Life of Pencils'  at PechaKucha Night London Vol. 12Alex Hammond tells the tales of this simple instrument - the pencil - and how it has given birth to numerous wonderful and wacky ideas, including those of PechaKucha founders and acclaimed architect's - Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein!! 

We promise you after watching this PechaKucha talk, you will never look at the humble pencil quite the same again!

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The Secret Lives of Cones

@ VOL 66 ON OCT 28, 2009

You thought they were "just" cones, but think again. Joachim Müller-Lancé was in Tokyo for Design Week for this presentation, but normally resides in San Francisco, where he runs Kame Design.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 8, 2013.

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My Secret Life of Poetry

@ VOL 24 ON JUL 15, 2015

Chris Gallavin has a great passion for poetry and taxidermy and he presents two of his poems. 

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Drawing from Technology, Illustrating from Life

@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"Put your hand up, the people who can't draw ... I want to ask these people: Can you make an egg? Can you write your name? Before you could that, you could draw." 

If you know the vociferously talented illustrator Luis Mendo, you know just how many pages he fills daily with beautiful, lively drawings In a very special presentation from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, he shows off 20 drawings he made entirely on the iPad Pro, all with the Apple Pencil. As encouraging as ever, Luis shows us that everyone has the potential within themselves to draw — you just have to get out there and put pencil to paper (or iPad)!

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Experiment, Share, Create

@ VOL 2 ON APR 01, 2016

Daphne Siaw enjoys experimenting with different tools to create different styled art pieces. Through the simple joy of creating and trying new media, she was able to create more refined and larger-scaled pieces, turning a childhood hobby into an unexpected career.

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Art of the Pencils

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

“Pencil is a small thing that can make a big difference in the lives of people who use them.”

In "Art of the Pencil" from PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16 , Caroline Weaver, amateur pencil collector but lifelong pencil lover, founded CW Pencil Enterprise in November 2014. With her pencil experts, Caroline digs up the stories and origins of these objects and make them accessible to those who appreciate them for their functionality, beauty and history. As simple as it may be, the pencil is something which despite advances in technology will never become obsolete.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.

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Secret Life in a Ska Band

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 12, 2016

Hanna Mawbey shares her tales of life in a 9 piece ska band: from the logistics of fitting all the band members in a vehicle to releasing independent records and running with a fancy dress theme!  Plus the more serious matter of fighting bigotry in whatever guise it takes.

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The Secret Life of a Graphic Designer

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2018

Crisy Meschieri is a freelance graphic designer specializing in branding, advertising, and illustration. In her presentation “The Secret Life of a Graphic Designer,” she will reflect on the story that unfolds when your passion becomes your profession.

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Renegade Pencil

@ VOL 34 ON MAY 31, 2018

Illustrator, graphic designer, and artist Bradly Wohlgemuth unfolds fantastical sci-fi and horror stories through his art. Bradly walks us through the monstrous and mechanical world of Renegade Pencil and shares his work and imaginative points-of-view in this PechaKucha talk.

Bradly's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 34, on May 31, 2018, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook ( PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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The Secret Soul of the Forest

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 21, 2018

Do plants have souls? What does it mean to have a soul? Brendan Hanrahan lays out criteria for determining whether something has a soul and looks into whether plants fit that criteria.