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September 28, 2007


Ianus Keller

Your practical application bears similarities with my experiences. Last year I presented my research work and some of my newer thoughts on Tools For Inspiraito at a rotterdam Pecha Kucha.
The constraints were really liberating and the crowd and atmosphere was good (failing is no problem), but I felt that the drinks, music and DJ's during the breaks made it somewhat shallow in its follow-up. No discussion, no feedback apart from the "good work" or "nice".

But a few months later I used both the original presentation and the Pecha Kucha format to structure a class at the university on Tools. In the first class I presented the original Pecha Kucha and started a discussion with the students and asked them to find related topics, on which they would present their ideas in a Pecha Kucha a couple of weeks later on. During this presentation I had 4 sessions of three presentations with half hour discussions after each session. At the end I could even sum up the whole thing in a Pecha Kucha myself as a conclusion. Great success

PS. I got acquainted with the Pecha Kucha format through Matt Webb's presenation (available on http://youtube.com/watch?v=IvYT9VW6SiI") at the ReBoot conference where he presented an existing longer presentation on SciFi:


Hmm, looks like we had a very similar approach in the RejectConf (http://www.rug-b.com/wiki/show/RejectConf for more about that) accompanying this year's RailsConf Europe in Berlin. Only the limit was 5 minutes total for a presentation, so there were only 15 seconds per slide. :-)
And a Christmas-tree-shaped egg-timer, set to 5 minutes.

Thomas Clifford

As a corporate filmmaker, I was quite taken by this approach but wasn't sure why.

Then I realized it is the same structure I often employ when producing corporate films; every 20-30 seconds I change the music, the interviews, the graphics, etc.

It makes a seven minute film feel like half that.

Great post. Thanks.

ephraim ross

What an interesting presentation format. And I like the idea of 'liberating constraints,' it's a catchy counter-intuitive. I wouldn't mind seeing a little more wiggle room, however. For instance, as a guideline there is a new slide at every twenty second interval. Except that each individual slide can still be a + or - 3 second derivation from that. Which I say only because there's something graceful about the images lining up with the storyline seamlessly. In the signage example you provided it was close, but there were a few instances where I felt the visual flow would have been dramatically improved with the slides taking a slight change of pace.

Please post any fresh/provocative examples of Pecha Kucha you might find. I'm considering exploring this medium with my students (9th humanities) and would love to have some more models for them to see.


Jeremy Fuksa

I just participated in my first Pecha Kucha event last week and it was quite liberating. Amazing how much information you can convey in 6:40 when you've got it concise and well-planned.

I took video of the presentation. I'd love to share it and get people's thoughts.


Jacob Corvidae

While this is where I first learned of pecha-kucha some time ago, the other part I really remembered from this blog was the stuff about signs in Dan Pink's presentation. I just looked it up while recommending this entry to a friend who's developing some signage at a university to encourage people to use the stairs instead of elevators, to save energy and encourage healthier lifestyles.

I remembered there being more content on this topic than is here, but maybe it's just because it really resonated with me at the time. It also reminded me of my favorite example of emotionally intelligent signage.

I-94, which runs through Michigan to Chicago and beyond is notorious for always having construction at some point or another in Michigan. For some years in the early to mid-90s, the construction crews started using a modified version of their "Road Construction Next 20 Miles" signs. They still posted these every 5 miles or so to let you know how much construction was left, but they added an important touch. The first one had a standard style yellow smiley face, but frowning instead of smiling, under the message, so it read like this: "Road Construction Next 20 Miles. :-(" The next one had a similar message, but the mouth was only slightly downturned. The sign after that read: "Road Construction Next 10 Miles. :-|", followed by another one with a slightly upturned smile and finally ending with "Road Construction Completed :-)".

It was pure genius. I loved it and it made me feel far more tolerant of the construction hassle. It was so affective (in both senses of the word) that I'm still talking about it 15 years later, even though they :-( don't use them anymore.

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