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Learning to Love Your Obsessions

BY BRIGETTE BORDERS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Brigette Borders is an artist, designer, educator, and a producer at Google. She loves geometry. 

Her artistic and architecural studies allowed her to overcome some (but not all!) of her obsessive compulsive behaviors, through encaustic painting and pattern making. 

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No Pictures, Please!

BY JARED THIELE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Writer, photographer, and artist, Jared Thiele moved to New York City and abandoned the idea of nursing school in order to pursue a career as a creative in advertising. Listen to learn about his exploration into social media through his photography, illustreations, and current events.

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Experiments, Restrictions, and Happy Mistakes

BY MARTIN JUSTESEN
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Martin Justesen loves triangles! He currently designs labels for Evil Twin Brewing, as well as many other clients. Hear his story about making and embracing mistakes, moving around the world, and loving beer!

Martin is a graphic designer born in Denmark, currently living in New York. He studied Graphic Design at London School of Communication before working in Publishing/Advertising for 10 years in Copenhagen. Martin now designs and art directs for magazines, campaigns and visual identities for sport/fitness, transport, business and fashion clients. He founded design studio Martin Justesen | New York in 2014.

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Wearable Technology for All

BY JENSIN ELAINE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow!

Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 9th, 2015. 

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20 examples of lettering within 20 miles of my house

BY PHIL BAINES
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Designer and senior lecturer in typography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Phil Baines tells us about his love of lettering and gives examples of found typography close to where he lives.

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Reading Between the Lines

BY JUDE STEWART
@ VOL 38 ON JUN 07, 2016

Who invented patterns?  The arrangement of stripes and lines can be embedded with symbolism and motifs.  Jude Stewart has written two books on the subject.

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The Art of Biology

BY MEHDI DOUMI
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Mehdi Doumi is from Algeria and England, studied biomedical engineering, and is a technical leader in Research and Innovation at L’Oreal USA - researching human perception of cosmetic products.  He has been part of NPO Ligo Project, promoting science in U.S. culture through humor and videography.  He also enjoys carpentry, improv, and drawing satirical cartoons.  Over the last 4 years he has committed himself to creating abstract artwork to any K-12 educator across the USA.  He hopes that each art piece stimulates student curiosity about math and science topics, especially in a challenging teaching environment.

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From Sketch to Store: Designing a Dress

BY NIYATI KARWAT
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

NIYATI KARWAT was on her way to medical school, but after studying abroad in Cypus, she decided to follow her true love. She enrolled at Parsons and now 8 years later is a designer at Tracy Reese. Hear how her travels and art inspire creating women's wear.

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Connecting the dots

BY DONNA FOLEY
@ VOL 18 ON JUN 06, 2018

Donna Foley is a Leading Vocational Teacher at Tafe Pimlico.  She co-ordinates the visual arts programs and lectures at Tafe for Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma and for the Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Canberra.

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Japanese Wood Crafts

BY YUKIKO IZUMI
@ VOL 39 ON MAR 21, 2019

In a short story across the world, Yukiko Izumi tells us how she picked up a keen interest in the japanese wood craftsmanship called "kumiko".

The audience is taken through some beautiful examples and the culture surrounding the art, before finally discussing how to keep it all alive for the next generation.

In this evening's break period, people were even lucky enough to get to try it hands-on, as Yukiko had brought some lovely samples!

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The Pattern Language of Taos Architecture

A city's architecture tends to tell you a lot about that city, and in this presentation, Rachel Preston Prinz highlights various architectural trends that you'll find in the city of Taos, New Mexico -- for example, those ornate bars on the image above are a reaction to the city's proximity to the "frontiere." It was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Taos Vol. 3.

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PechaKucha in Charity Mode, Public Housing in Oshika, and the Pattern Book Project

Presentations Today we share a few more presentations from last week's "PechaKucha x ArchiAid" event, and we're also very pleased to announce that at the event itself, over 350,000 yen (US$4275) was raised for the "Core House" project, which we described in yesterday's post. There's still a ways to go, and you can contribute directly through our Inspire Japan site. PechaKucha co-founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham cover (in Japanese and English) the global charity events done under the PechaKucha banner, including "PechaKucha for Haiti" and Inspire Japan. Makoto Watanabe and Taketo Shimohigoshi share (in Japanese) a case study for public housing in the Oshika Peninsula. Momoyo Kaijima talks (in Japanese) about a pattern book project to help reconstruct people's lives, aimed at those who live close to the coast, in the Oshika area. Posters Ostrava will soon be celebrating its 10th edition (on December 15) with a huge event, and above you can see the series of posters that has been produced. For more PKN posters, you can of course visit our Tumblr blog, which has also been updated today with the flyer for tomorrow's PKN Salzburg Vol. 15, as well as our latest PKN Tokyo flyer, pictured below, designed by Luis Mendo from a photo by Michael Holmes. Tokyo's Vol. 97 happens tonight. Photos Today we share another three photo galleries from recent PKNs, with PKN Toronto Vol. 18 -- part of the DesignThinkers 2012 pre-party -- pictured above.PKN Augsburg Vol. 2 [Facebook]PKN Dornbirn Vol. 1 [Facebook] PKN Toronto Vol. 18 [Flickr]Calendar Here's a look at tonight's (November 28) PKN lineup: PKN New Haven Vol. 14, PKN Kathmandu Vol. 7, PKN Tokyo Vol. 97, PKN Providence Vol. 44, PKN Glasgow Vol. 12, PKN San Jose (Costa Rica) Vol. 4, and PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 8. Tomorrow, it gets even bigger, with 11 events on the calendar: PKN Salzburg Vol. 15, PKN Madison, WI Vol. 4, PKN Miami Vol. 19, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 8, PKN Cologne Vol. 13, PKN Seattle Vol. 40, PKN Kolding Vol. 19, PKN Skovde Vol. 10, PKN Varberg Vol. 4, PKN Kitakyushu Vol. 8, and PKN Logrono Vol. 8.

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A Pattern Book

In this edition of Presentation of the Day, Momoyo Kaijima speaks (at the special PechaKucha x ArchiAid fundraiser) on her project to collaborate with the children and university students of the Oshika peninsula to create books on their local lifestyle.  In the books we see a multitude of various natural resources found in this area, and how the locals live off the land, mountains, and sea. 

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Modern Touch DJing

The availability of touch interfaces for DJing has exponentially increased along with the obiquitous influence of smartphones and tablets. But many of these "modern" interfaces stick to applying dated interaction patterns that are unfitting for this new type of interface. DJ and engineer Lasse Laursen talks about his ideas for integrating new touch interfaces to mixing applications in this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 101). Lasse also goes into detail on some application features built to allow the crowd to influence the DJ's music choices. 

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Fields of Crystal

"Crystals growing in petri dishes ... produced landscapes and creatures with eyes staring up at me."  Jim Frazier is a scientist, inventor and innovator. He has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal and and Oscar for his work with photographic lenses which have been used by the likes of David Attenborough. As we see in "Fields of Crystal" from PKN Forster Vol. 1, he paints crystal solutions which dry into a variety of patterns and when put under specific lighting produce a dazzling array of effects.  His work has been accepted by Hilary Clinton, Goldie Hawn and Sylvester Stallone.

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The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts

Who knew auto-generated patterns could turn out to be beautiful?  Elizabeth "Libs" Elliott merges old craft and modern art forms to create beautiful quilts with a technological twist. In "The Morden Heirloom: Coding Quilts" from PKN Toronto Vol. 29 using the Processing visual programming language, Elizabeth generates random patterns for her quilts by altering code to play with colour palettes, geometric shapes, and other variables. She draws out each pattern by hand and then sews them onto quilts. 

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Ecological Sculpture: Patterns in Nature

Is there a place within us that remembers that we are nature? Kimberly Callas is an artist who presents on her current project 'Portrait of the Ecological Self': an artistic investigation that uses sculpted forms of the human body in combination with natural materials to explore images and symbols from nature that strongly connect with the human psyche. In "Ecological Sculpture: Patterns in Nature" from PKN Midcoast, Maine Vol. 21 we learn that her work has recently received a Puffin Foundation Grant and has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and as far a field as Bulgaria. 

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The Moon is my Scholar Rock

"I was really interested in the challenge of replicating these textrues, patterns, and forms of meteorites."For Matthew Cummings, artwork has always been personal journey for escape and meditation in both the making process and viewing.  "The Moon is my Scholar Rock" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18 is a look at the work from his last solo exhibition, 'The Moon is my Gongshi'.  This group of work examined the moon as an object of meditation, the tradition of Chinese Scholar Rocks or Gongshi, and the inspiring career of his grandfather-in-law, Charles Bradshaw, who ran the computations department for NASA during the development of Rocket Technology. 

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How We Know, What We Know About the Universe

"We are not just spectators in the universe.... we actually have a special place within it." In How We Know, What We Know About the Universe from PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 29, Reuben Gazer takes us on a journey connecting our childhood discoveries of patterns and shapes in our surroundings to scientific revelations about the formation of the universe, showing us where to look to find parallels between earthly and interstellar forms.

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PKN Poster Spotlight: Edmonton

As the howling winter wind chases us, Edmonton shows their appreciation for the cold weather with this poster for PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 33. A charming mammoth stomps all over the forest and makes footprint patterns shaped as the number 33. Wow, how cute! PechaKucha Poster Spotlight would like to thank Edmonton for always turning out such great posters as well as the incredible energy in every volumes! Our Instagram and Tumblr have an abundance of posters from all over the world. Please go check them out!