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On Constraints: The Pecha Kucha 20×20 Presentation Format

March 22, 2010

Pecha Kucha Vol. 64 (Tokyo) Photo: Bakoko (CCBy)

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format that limits presenters to 20 slides that remain on the screen for 20 seconds (for a total presentation time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds). The format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. See the Pencha Kucha website for more informationexamples, and upcoming events. Check out James Nicholas’s 20×20, “Maori, the culture of my land“, which he presented in Japan on October 2009.  We will use this format for the DESI436/SCOM407 face-to-face presentations, which are scheduled for Monday 3 May. So, think about how you can explain your  research topic effectively using 20 slides. More detailed information about this assignment, which is worth 25%, will follow.

The wikipedia entry on Design notes that computer game developer Dino Dini defines design as “the management of constraints”. Dini’s blog includes a conference presentation on this topic, “Constraints and Integrity“, that he gave  gave in November 2009. For another perspective, see Eliyahu M. Goldratt‘s management philosophy, the Theory of Constraints, which he outlined in his 1984 novel, The Goal. As I suggested in an earlier post about Twitter, the micro-blogging service that limits users to messages of no more than 140 characters, imposed constraints can be a useful design strategy.

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