PechaKucha PHX 1, held April 29, 2010, brought together the Phoenix design community. As a sounding board for inspirations and aspirations, the event encouraged networking and creative cross-thought. PechaKucha PHX 2 will continue this trend, and presentation submissions are now open for the October 22 event, location TBA.
PechaKucha, pronounced “peh-chak cha,” is Japanese for chit-chat, the buzzy sound of conversation going on in a room. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a means for designers to show their work, PechaKucha Nights have become global phenomena with events taking place in over 300 cities around the world. To keep the event efficient, a tight presentation format called “20×20” was created. That’s 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide; six minutes, 40 seconds total.
PechaKucha PHX 1 was held at the Irish Cultural Center, and presenters included Marshall Shore, a librarian with an interior decoration obsession; Nan Ellin of Canalscape, who hopes to make Phoenix canals into vital urban hubs; Wenhui Yu, who wants to use a screen saver to track productivity; and even a detail-oriented font master, Marc Oxborrow, who created a PechaKucha font for the event.
PechaKucha PHX 2 is looking for a similar variance of presenter background and topic. The event seeks designers of all disciplines, whether interior, web-based, canvas-based, or even imagination-based. Presentation submissions open July 26, and do not close until Sunday, September 5. For full submission details, visit the PechaKucha PHX website: http://pknphx.com/.
About the author: Sara Dobie is a writer/publicist in the Phoenix area. She was involved with Pecha Kucha in Charleston, SC, before moving here, and she recently presented “The Art of Bad Writing” at Ignite Phoenix 7. Info: http://saradobie.wordpress.com