Pecha Kucha night, what is it?

Basically it’s a gathering of young graphic designers and artists etc to meet, network, and show their creative work in public. Their works can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor.

The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for keeping individuals presentations to fixed time frame. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

It started in 2003 and is now in over 80 cities around the world.

This is great stuff. Identifying a problem or several problems (in this case, no forum for gaining recognition of artwork or designs to industry leaders, and stopping presentations from dragging on and on) and giving a simple solution. It’s no wonder it’s taken off around the world.