One of the annual events of Phoenix Design Week is PechaKucha night. PechaKucha.org—Japanese for “chit-chat”—is a roughly 6 1/2-minute talk with a rigid framework of 20 slides that auto-advance after 20 seconds. As the translation alludes to, the purpose of the format is to force a talk that is delightfully light and brief—more like an anectode (or chit-chat) than a lecture.
This year, several speakers dropped out at the last second and I was approached as a possible replacement. I was neck-deep in design for the Method + Madness Conference, so I must have had a moment of insanity when I agreed to do the talk. The theme revolved around the idea of process, and I thought it might be fun to share about my so-far-unsuccessful quest to find “my art.”
Its rare that I give a talk like this (heck, its rare that I give any kind of talk). The talk developed into more of a personal story, that ended up being really fun to share. In case you missed it, I did a little recording of the it, which you can watch below. Grab a comfy seat and get ready to watch me fail!