We Dream of Webby

April 10th, 2014 by

A Webby Win?

Haiku Deck fans, we hope you know we’re here for you to help you feel more inspired, celebrate your accomplishments, Hai-5 your killer decks, connect you to creative and amazing people, and do everything we possibly can to make at least the presentation part of your life simpler, more beautiful, and more fun.

Now we’re asking a favor of you.

We just learned that we’ve been selected–from thousands and thousands of applications–as a finalist for a coveted Webby Award, in the productivity category.

This huge accomplishment alone inspired Adam to break out into spontaneous karaoke song, but a WIN would be a dream come true for our tiny team.

We created this special Haiku Deck poem to share our Webby Dream and to showcase the stunningly beautiful Creative Commons images you can find every day with the Haiku Deck image search, all free to use, perfectly sized, and automagically attributed.

We Dream of Webby – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Make Our Webby Dream Come True!

Webby or bust, Haiku Deck fans!

If we have helped you look like a rock star, saved you time, or even made you smile, please take a quick minute to VOTE for Haiku Deck in the Webbys People’s Choice competition:

1. Click this badge

Webby Awards: Please vote for Haiku Deck at bit.ly/hdwebby!

Click to vote!

2. Sign in with your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or with an email and password (it only takes a second).

3. Click Haiku Deck, then click it again to confirm your vote.

4. Webbylicious Bonus Ideas: Tweet the love….Share this blog post…Share We Dream of Webby (it is National Poetry Month, after all)…Share our 10 Commandments of Presentations on Haiku Deck or on Slideshare, also inspired by the Webby Awards. Dedicate a karaoke song to us. Cover your iPad in Haiku Deck stickers. Go crazy.

5. Bask in our eternal gratitude for your awesomeness.

Love and Hai-5s,

Team Haiku Deck


6. Be thankful we didn’t include this image in We Dream of Webby.


12 Awesome Poetry Project Ideas for All Ages

April 3rd, 2014 by

Poetry Everywhere!

It’s National Poetry Month, the perfect time to fill the world with beautiful ideas and poetic power!

For a little inspiration, we’re showcasing twelve terrific poetry projects from our incredibly creative community of educators. You’ll find projects for first graders and high schoolers, and everything from sensory poems to color explorations to poems about polliwogs. (We also think any of these would be just as fun for adults to try — a little creative expression is always good for the soul!)

Educators, share your poetry project ideas here for a chance to win fun Haiku Deck prizes.

And if any of these ideas inspire you to create poetry-themed Haiku Decks (and we certainly hope they will), be sure to send us a link to gallery@haikudeck.com, or tweet them with the hashtag #poeticpower!

1. Illustrate Figurative Language

In San Antonio, Texas, Terri Eichholz uses Haiku Deck with her 4th graders to explore and illustrate figurative language:

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Terri’s take: “In 5 minutes, I was able to show the students how to create a slide, add text, select an image, and share the product.  Once all of the products were in, we played a quick game to identify the type of figurative language as I showed each example on the big screen. While they were working with their partners, I heard one student say, “I love doing this!”

While they were working with their partners, I heard one student say, “I love doing this!”

“I love that they were engaged and learning, and all it cost me was about 10 minutes more than the previous times I’ve taught that lesson. Now, they have a new digital tool in their belt that they can choose from when they write their own examples of figurative language.”

Read more about Terri’s project (inspired by Natalie Babbitt’s “Tuck Everlasting”) and see examples of her students’ work on Engage Their Minds.

2. Create, Illustrate, and Share Original Poetry

Christy Novack and Julie Janc’s 3rd grade class at Roosevelt Elementary School used Haiku Deck and QR codes to spread poetry throughout their community.


Haiku Deck Announces Support for Windows XP

April 1st, 2014 by


Seattle Startup Responds Boldly to Office for iOS Launch, Making PowerPoint Alternative Available to Millions of Windows XP Users WorldWide

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Click to view a version of this press release created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that’s simple, beautiful, and fun

Seattle, WA — April 1, 2014Haiku Deck today announced that its popular presentation app will now offer support for Windows XP. The free software brings Haiku Deck’s innovative approach to presentation creation and sharing to more than 300 million Windows XP users worldwide.

Haiku Deck’s streamlined design templates, dynamic HTML 5 output, and vast image library–with access to more than 35 million Creative Commons images–will now be available to diehard Windows XP users, offering an attractive alternative to traditional presentation software.

“Even if you have resisted updating your operating system for the past decade, there’s no longer a need to use presentation software from 24 years ago,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO of Haiku Deck. “In less time than it takes you to boot your Windows XP machine, you’ll be able to create an amazing Haiku Deck for sharing your new idea, closing a deal, or telling an awesome story. You’ll also have time to make a grilled cheese sandwich and watch two episodes of Matlock.”

In less time than it takes you to boot your Windows XP machine, you’ll be able to create an amazing Haiku Deck for sharing your new idea, closing a deal, or telling an awesome story.

Haiku Deck has demonstrated strong momentum since the launch of its iPad app in August 2012 — the app has millions of users and has ranked #1 in productivity in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Haiku Deck Web App offers full support for syncing from iPad to Windows XP, as well as future bug fixes and security updates for Windows XP users worldwide.

The Haiku Deck Web App is available to all Windows XP for free at www.HaikuDeck.com or on 3.5” floppy disks upon request. To receive a faxed copy of the Haiku Deck Web App User Guide, please contact aprilfday@haikudeck.com.

About Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck makes it simple and fun to create flawlessly beautiful presentations. Headquartered in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Haiku Deck is a privately held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Trilogy Partnership, Madrona Venture Group, Founder’s Co-op, and Techstars. The Seattle-based startup was founded by Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway. Haiku Deck has been embraced by creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines worldwide; for examples of how people are using Haiku Deck to pitch ideas, teach lessons, tell stories, and ignite movements, visit the Haiku Deck Featured and Popular Galleries, Blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Pinterest boards. For additional information and company images, visit www.haikudeck.com/newsroom.

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Adam Tratt


Death by PowerPoint, Deconstructed

March 26th, 2014 by

A Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosing and Fixing the 15 Worst Slide Problems

Last time we checked, there were 13.3 million Google search results for “Death by PowerPoint.

     13.3 MILLION.

And more likely than not you’ve experienced it — that sinking feeling when someone says “Let me just fire up my slides,” you see a hodgepodge of bullets and clip art framed in an overbranded corporate template, and you know instantly you’re not going to get the next hour of your life back.

Death by Powerpoint example

Death by Powerpoint Exhibit A, via Boing Boing

It’s worth noting that we have nothing against PowerPoint itself — in fact, PowerPoint can be used to create some incredibly awesome presentations, if you have strong design skills or you know someone who does.

But let’s face it — as a culture, we’ve developed some pretty bad, and pervasive, habits in the PowerPoint department, and the truly excellent ones feel like the exception rather than the rule.


Missing Vizify? How To Create an Attention-Grabbing Visual Resume

March 20th, 2014 by

Our friends at Vizify announced recently that they have been acquired by Yahoo and will be shutting down the site. They were awesome enough to recommend Haiku Deck as an alternate service for creating standout visual resumes. (Hai-5, Team Vizify!)

Like Vizify, we believe there are many compelling reasons to present your story visually.

  • Images engage your audience’s emotions and make your story more memorable.
  • Presenting content visually helps you stand out from the crowd.
  • Visual content is easier to consume on mobile devices.

In an age of information overload, visual content is an increasingly powerful way to communicate, and we’re here to make that part simple and fun. To make your transition from Vizify — or your leap to visual storytelling —  as easy as possible, we’ve created two flexible Haiku Deck presentation templates you can use to whip out a visual resume in no time flat.

Create a Professional Profile

Here’s a template you can use to create a stunning visual resume or professional profile. (more…)

PowerPoint for iPad? Try the Haiku Deck Way

March 19th, 2014 by

PowerPoint for iPad

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about the long-awaited arrival of PowerPoint for iPad, and as you might expect, we have a thought or two on the subject.

Should I Use PowerPoint for iPad?

It depends. We have long believed in the flexibility and power of the iPad as tool for content creation and productivity, not just content consumption. We love being able to work on a presentation whenever and wherever inspiration strikes, whether it’s at a coffee shop, on a plane, or curled up on the couch while half-watching House Hunters International. That’s why we started with Haiku Deck for iPad.

So we are all for creating and sharing presentations on an iPad, but we’ve also worked hard to make that experience uniquely tailored to the tablet — simple, fluid, and even fun. One key difference between Haiku Deck and PowerPoint is that we build the experience around images, not words.

We build the experience around images, not words.

We do this because we believe that people are tired of seeing presentation slides crammed with text (and, even worse, presenters who read that text word for word). Dave Paradi’s Annoying PowerPoint Survey provides more detail on this subject. Here’s our Haiku Deck version of the findings:

PowerPoint for iPad: Annoying PowerPoint Survey Results

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with Notes

Like many presentation design experts, we believe that images speak to our emotions and make what we have to say more engaging and memorable, and we’ve purposefully designed our Creative Commons image search to trigger creative flow.

Images speak to our emotions and make what we have to say more engaging and memorable.


A Case Study in Career Building

February 27th, 2014 by

Creative Career Building

How do you stand out from other candidates when you’re interviewing for a job? One creative way is to use Haiku Deck as a visual resume or to showcase your work, and that’s exactly what our friend Steve Nestor of Staffordshire did.

Steve began his career as a support worker in Bromford Support in 2009 and worked his way up to Marketing Coordinator, with Haiku Deck playing a key role in his promotion. Steve also happens to be one of three winners in our “About Me” contest last year (a fact he mentions on his LinkedIn profile):

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Guest Q&A

Haiku Deck: Tell us the scoop! How did Haiku Deck play a role in your new job?

Steve: During a team talk we heard about the power of social media. We were encouraged to begin to tell our own stories and also the stories of the vulnerable people that we help in order to raise awareness of what we do and the real difference that we make to their lives every single day.


5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

February 19th, 2014 by

Note: We’re delighted to feature this guest post by the awesome Lisa Johnson, also known as TechChef4U, who generously offered to share how she’s been using Haiku Deck to create standout professional development resources. Hai-5 for sharing your ideas and insights, Lisa!

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

Professional Development Tips from TechChef4U

How do you serve up your professional development on a delectable platter that leaves a lasting and memorable impression?

As a CEO of a Techucation firm, and an educator that delivers professional development to other educators, this was on my mind as I started gathering materials and preparing to deliver multiple sessions and workshops at an upcoming regional technology conference.

Two of my sessions focused on highlighting a tool, and I wanted to create unique resources that would really help the attendees absorb the information quickly and give them everything they needed to implement the tools right away in their classrooms.

1. Make it Visual

When I’m focusing on a tool or app, I often provide a brief live demo, and then share best practices for using the tool. What better way to provide tips and best practices in a visual manner … than to create a Haiku Deck?!

What better way to provide tips and best practices in a visual manner … than to create a Haiku Deck?!

Here’s the Haiku Deck I created of 14+ Tips for PD that Works, featuring iTunes U:

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And here’s one I put together to showcase Nearpod:

Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that’s simple, beautiful and fun.

2. Use Notes to Extend Learning

Many Haiku Decks include beautiful images help the text resonate, but few take advantage of the Notes section to leave learners with additional, more thorough takeaways.

I wanted to really throw Haiku Deck into overdrive, so I used the Public Notes to offer learners additional support resources to expand and extend the initial ideas presented in the slides. (These Notes are not visible in the full-screen or embedded version of your deck, but are visible when you view a deck on the Haiku Deck website.)

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Using notes to add context

Including a list in the Public Notes field

I found that including additional information, lists, and links in the Notes doesn’t take away from the simple and eye-catching design of Haiku Deck…it adds depth.

3. Make it Collaborative

Notes can include collaborative tools and links if you get creative with it. For example, I added a public Google Doc to the Notes of the “Nearpod in the Classroom” deck, so learners can share and expand their own knowledge on a topic and tool.

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Adding a link to a Google Doc

Linking to a Google Doc from Public Notes

4. Model Best Practices

Too many times, I have witnessed students stoically reading a full paragraph of text on their PPT slide, and incorporating images with little or no citation and attribution.

We’ve already seen how Haiku Deck cures you of text-ridden slides — another bonus is that it includes citations for the Creative Commons images available through its image search.

Here’s a sample Haiku Deck PDF handout that shows how you can minimize the text on your slides, use the Notes to include supplemental info, AND include proper image attribution, all in one tidy package.

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Sample PDF Handout

Sample Haiku Deck PDF handout page

5. Ask for Feedback

Haiku Deck doesn’t have to be one-way communication! Consider planting a Google Form within your deck to request and gather specific and targeted feedback on your topic, as I did in “14+ Tips For Creating PD That Works.”

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Including a feedback form

Linking to a feedback form from Public Notes


By choosing Haiku Deck as my go-to for preparing concise, unique professional development resources for educators, I hope to not only inspire the design of future Haiku Decks, but to spread the word that Haiku Deck is a worthy opponent for death by PPT and sloppy citation in the classroom!

Have you used Haiku Deck for professional development? Please share your examples and tips in the comments!


Inspiration: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

February 17th, 2014 by

Seven score and 11 years ago, the 16th president of the United States stood in a muddy field and made a two-minute speech that has been celebrated as one of the greatest of all time. Abraham Lincoln’s eloquent Gettysburg Address graces the walls of the Lincoln Memorial and inspired the opening words of Martin Luther King’s equally famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It endures.

Though few of us will have occasion to consecrate a battlefield, the Gettysburg Address is worth studying and being inspired by, time and time again.

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View The Gettysburg Address on haikudeck.com

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Note: Be sure to check out my companion piece, “10 Lessons Every Presenter Can Learn from America’s Most Iconic Speech” in Fast Company.

Meet Haiku Deck for iPhone!

February 13th, 2014 by

Haiku Deck for iPhone

One of the coolest requests we’ve had from our creative community is to be able to use an iPhone as a remote control to present a Haiku Deck. Ask and ye shall receive, Haiku Deck fans: Beginning today, you can now download Haiku Deck for  iPhone!

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Carry your Haiku Decks everywhere you go.

You can download any or all of the Haiku Decks you’ve created for fast, fluid viewing and impromptu pitching, even if you’re on a plane, in a taxi, or at a conference with sluggish Wifi.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: My Decks View

Easily access your Haiku Deck collection, even if you’re offline

Use your iPhone as a remote.

Easy, one-hand operation frees you up to connect with your audience without a tangle of technology. Present right from your iPhone using AirPlay or a direct connection to the projector. Or plug in your iPad and control it remotely with your iPhone, with a beautiful parallax display.

Display your notes — or not.

In portrait orientation, your notes and key talking points are visible only to you, for confident, polished delivery of your message — it’s like having a personal mini teleprompter.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Portrait View (Teleprompter Mode)

Hold iPhone in portrait orientation for teleprompter mode

And in landscape orientation, your beautiful imagery and words fill the screen in a crisp, mobile-optimized display.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Deck Browsing in Landscape Orientation

Hold iPhone in landscape orientation for mobile-optimized browsing

Inspiration and ideas anytime, anywhere.

Instant access to the week’s best Haiku Decks at your fingertips, in the Featured and Popular Galleries. Waiting in line or between meetings? Browse the powerful ideas shared by our creative community, and get ideas for your next Haiku Deck, wherever you are. Learn more about how Haiku Decks get selected, and how to create decks that are likely to get chosen, here.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Popular Gallery

Easy access to each week’s Featured and Popular Galleries

Flexible presenting options.

Haiku Deck for iPhone expands the range of ways you can view and present your decks, whether you’re swiping through with your finger over cappuccinos or projecting to a crowd via Airplay. Offline or online, we’ve got you covered.

Easy sharing.

Share your presentations, or your favorites from the Gallery, with a tap to email, Twitter, or Facebook — or beam them directly to any contacts close by with AirDrop.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Easy sharing for favorite decks

Share with a tap to email, Twitter, Facebook, or AirDrop

Coming soon: Create!

We’ll be adding the ability to create new Haiku Decks on iPhone — with features tailored to the smaller form factor — soon! In the meantime, you can create decks on an iPad, or on your computer, using Haiku Deck for iPad or the Haiku Deck Web App Beta. And if you haven’t made a deck in the Web App recently, you should give it a try: Our amazing dev team has been very hard at work making the Web App better each week.

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