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An important competence for designers is the ability to communicate and present ideas and proposals for customers, partners, investors and colleagues. The Pecha Kucha principle, developed by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, has become a widely used and easy format for the presentation of new concepts and ideas in many areas and avoiding “Death by Powerpoint”. This paper discusses the need and tools for making short presentations and describes the result from a business development project where engineering graduate students in architecture and design used the Pecha Kucha format to present their proposals at the final examination of their project work.
The authors conclude that Pecha Kucha is suitable for this type of presentations, although the flow of such presentations should be considered if used in connection with formal examination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Creativity and Business Innovation : The 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsAhmed Kovacevic, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Lyndon Buck, Peter Hogarth
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationGlasgow, UK
PublisherDesign Society
Publication dateSep 2011
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-33-9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • Pecha Kucha
  • elevator pitch
  • project examination
  • design education
  • Powerpoint
  • PBL
  • Aalborg University
  • Pecha Kucha Night
  • innovation
  • entrepreneurship


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