We were first exposed to it at the office of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects in Seattle. The entire staff shuffled into a dark room mumbling “Pecha Kucha! Pecha Kucha!” We had a weird little Temple of Doom moment.
It turns out Pecha Kucha is actually an incredibly cool designer diversion that is practiced all over the world. Started by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo, the concept is simple: Each presenter gets 20 slides, with 20 seconds per slide. Your 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame are your chance to share whatever you want with the group, which in an audience of designers, usually emerges in the form of inspirational images, frightening obsessions, and side projects.
Anyway, the reason we speak of this today is that we noticed Steve Portigal has his recent 20 slides up (worth spending the 6:40 on), which he showed at the San Francisco Pecha Kucha night, and lo and behold, there’s a whole world of Pecha Kucha out there just waiting for you to join in. More on this by Momus.