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MonthDecember 2014

The Most Inspiring Presentations of 2014

Our Picks for Decks of the Year

It’s one of my favorite times — when we look back at the most inspiring presentations created in 2014 and select our favorites to be honored as Decks of the Year.

Previous honorees and new ones, stylish decks and informative ones, beautiful Creative Commons images and custom collages — there’s a bit of everything in this year’s list, and we hope you’ll find something that inspires you.

1. Most Stylish

Scandinavian Interior Design Trends, by Emma Fexeus


Scandinavian Interior Design Trends 2013 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theme: Five Seven Five

Why We Love It:

  • Inspiring, visual subject matter
  • Gorgeous use of custom photo collages. {Learn how in Import Images to Haiku Deck like a Pro.}
  • Polished, consistent formatting featuring high-impact white text over stunning visuals, punctuated with solid black backgrounds

We can’t wait to see what ultra-talented design blogger Emma will create with Haiku Deck next!

2. Most Personality

How To Get a Startup  Job, by Kim Pham


How to get a startup job – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theme: Cinematic

Why We Love It:

  • Kim’s use of candid personal photos, punctuated by high-impact solid backgrounds, makes her deck feel authentic yet polished.
  • Her well-crafted slides and Notes are packed with succinct, useful advice.
  • Those solid red backgrounds with the crisp white text just knock our socks off. Hai-5, Kim!

Honorable Mention
Random Rants about Sales – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Most Artistic

How to Work with Your Dad, by Alexander Charner


How To Work With Your Dad – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Theme: Iditarod (One of our absolute favorites, and newly available on the web!)

Why We Love It:

  • Alexander’s striking illustrations, created on the iPad with Paper by FiftyThree, give his Haiku Deck a truly one-of-a-kind look.
  • He incorporates a variety of paragraph slide layouts effectively to give his deck rhythm and flow.
  • Created for Father’s Day, this lovely work of art perfectly balances personal sentiment with broad appeal. We’ll look forward to your next inspiration, Alexander!

4. Most Helpful

10 Productivity Hacks for Spring, by Blakely Aguilar


10 Productivity Hacks For Spring – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theme: Zissou

Why We Love It:

  • This is an ideal use of Haiku Deck — short, sweet, to the point. {Create your own deck like this in just a few minutes with our handy Idea Sharing template.}
  • Great tips! We definitely try to observe “fluff-free meetings” here at the office, and I’m an especially big fan of the “say no” tactic.
  • This is just one in a series of stand-out Haiku Decks created by the resourceful team at PGI and shared on SlideShare. {Uploading to SlideShare is a terrific way to amplify your reach: This one got nearly 20K combined views!} Blakely discovered that with Haiku Deck, they were able to produce useful, shareable content at a fraction of the cost of custom PowerPoints. Keep those great Haiku Decks coming, team PGI!

Honorable Mentions:
7 Tips to Prep for Long Day Rides! – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Irene Yam and
How to find inspiration – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Melissa Johnson

5. Best Use of Custom Imagery

How to Make Micro-Content, by Danielle Oteri


How to Make Micro-content – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theme: Volterra

Why We Love It:

  • Danielle’s Haiku Deck is crisp, cohesive, and filled with tasty content marketing advice.
  • She incorporates artful photo collages as well as perfectly chosen snapshots to illustrate her points effectively. {See also: Import Images Like a Pro.}
  • Cream puffs! Enough said.

6. Best Use of Imagery

Sharing Infrastructure, by John Sheridan


Sharing Infrastructure – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theme: Strangelove (Newly available on the web!)

Why We Love It:

  • Australia’s CTO always wows us with his creative uses of Haiku Deck to share insights about technology infrastructure.
  • Each well-chosen image in this to-the-point deck is evocative and packed with storytelling power.
  • John also uses the Notes effectively to elaborate his points while keeping the wording on his slides crisp. Hai-5, John!

Honorable Mention:
Persuasive Speaking – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Jonathan Tran

 7. Most Thought-Provoking


Leanership: A New Way Of Work – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Stowe Boyd


Leanership: A New Way Of Work – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theme: Zissou

Why We Love It:

  • Stowe’s Haiku Deck stands out for its depth and substance. He packs so much clarifying detail into the Notes that this Haiku Deck could easily stand alone as an ebook.
  • It’s a terrific example of sharing a groundbreaking idea in manifesto form.
  • His use of THIS (NOT THAT) headlines creates a compelling sense of rhythm, bringing his concept into focus in the process. We’d love to see more of your thoughts on the future of work in Haiku Deck form, Stowe!

8. Most Progressive

Quotes from Women Developers and Engineers, by Arabella Santiago


Quotes from Women Developers and Engineers – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;
Theme: Volterra

Why We Love It:

  • Quotes from today’s tech leaders and the great Grace Hopper. What’s not to love?
  • Excellent use of Notes to add context and background.
  • Concise and focused — A perfect use of Haiku Deck. We’d love to see a series of these!

9. Best Education Presentation

Digital Citizenship Lessons, by Susan Spellman Cann


Digital Citizenship Lessons – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Theme: Volterra

Why We Love It:

  • Digital citizenship is something we should all be thinking about — Susan’s beautifully crafted deck is thought-provoking and powerful for Internet users of all ages.
  • Her use of solid-color backgrounds in a rainbow of colors, interspersed with high-impact, evocative visuals, create a powerful rhythm.
  • All of Susan’s Haiku Decks are brimming with positive energy and inspire us to be better people. Keep on improving the world with your beautiful inspirations, Susan!

Honorable Mention:
Digital Storytelling – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Judy Arzt

10. Most Informative

Badass Blogging: Best Practices to Enhance Your Customer Reach, by Virginia Nussey of Bruce Clay, Inc.


Badass Blogging: Best Practices to Enhance Your Customer Reach – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

 

Theme: Orwell (Newly available on the web!)

Why We Love It:

  1. This beautifully crafted 36-slide deck packs in a book’s worth of specific, detailed tips for bloggers.
  2. The delivery is engaging and packed with personality, with punchy text and well-chosen images.
  3. Virginia’s detailed Notes add helpful background and make you feel like she’s in the room. We can’t wait to see more Haiku Decks from you, Virginia!

Honorable MentionsHow To Ensure Your Website is Inbound-Ready, by Penny Baldwin-French, and 7 Reasons You Must Curate Content, by Martin Smith (both excellent reads for marketers)

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees — and special thanks to all of you who have created, enjoyed, and shared inspiring presentations throughout the year. We are incredibly grateful for your creativity and support, and we wish you a happy and productive 2015!

More Inspiring Presentations

Create Your Own Inspiring Presentations

I’d love to see YOUR Haiku Deck on next year’s list! Here are a few resources to help you create wow-worthy presentations.

 

How To Make Your Company Values Visible

Haiku Deck Rock Star Series: Showcasing Company Values and Culture

There’s nothing quite like the last few work days of the year — they’re a bit quieter yet also more festive, with heightened camaraderie and (if your office is anything like ours) heightened quantities of hot chocolate and peppermint bark. Creative fuel, we call it…

In my book, it’s an ideal time for reflecting on the year’s accomplishments and tackling important, yet often-delayed, projects like capturing company values and guiding principles. Here’s one I put together in well under an hour.


Haiku Deck Culture and Core Values – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Here’s another nice example from Neal Kearney Realty:


Kearney Realty Co. – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Making values visible — and visual — helps make them real, and also sets the tone beautifully for next year’s plans and goals.

After all, if your company values and mission/vision statements truly matter, they deserve to be showcased in a beautiful, inspiring format, not pinned forlornly to the wall above the copy machine or buried in an Intranet folder.

Making values visible — and visual — helps make them real, and also sets the tone beautifully for next year’s plans and goals.

To help you get to that satisfying “done” even faster, here’s a template you can use to showcase your company values in a beautiful, visual Haiku Deck.


Culture and Core Values Haiku Deck Presentation Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Rock Star Tips for Making Company Values Visible

  • This is a great place to make use of the new logo slide type — try using it for the first and last slides of your Haiku Deck.
  • The paragraph slide type gives you a bit more text to work with for capturing a concise founding story, an inspiring quote from your founder, or a well-crafted mission statement. If you need more space, you can always add detail in the Notes field.
Rock Star Series: Making Company Values Visible with Haiku Deck

Sample paragraph slide

Your Turn

We’d love to see your company values in Haiku Deck form! Please share links in the comments, or tweet them with the hashtag #hdgallery.

More in the Rock Star Series

How To Build Thought Leadership

How To Give a Killer Presentation

How To Promote Your Business or Service

How to Build Thought Leadership

Haiku Deck Rock Star Series: Building Thought Leadership

We believe everybody has ideas and stories that are worth sharing — yes, you!

It might be social media tips, a unique approach to landing real estate listings, or thoughts about the future of education or ecommerce, but your unique expertise and insights can help others interested in your topic, and they can help you extend your personal brand as well through thought leadership.

At work we think and talk a lot about presentation technology and trends (naturally), but I don’t always take the time to zoom out and capture these thoughts.

When I noticed that one of the month’s showcase themes on SlideShare was “Future Of…,” it was pretty easy to put this together.


The Future of Presentations: Top Trends for Communicators – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

I uploaded my Haiku Deck to SlideShare (where it reached more than 10,000 people in a single weekend), shared it on all of my social networks, and added a link to my email signature. Sometimes I’m wowed by how quickly content like this can spread when you just put your ideas out there.

Sometimes I’m wowed by how quickly content like this can spread when you just put your ideas out there.

What kind of thought leadership content could you create? What have you learned or observed this year, or what trends do you see for next year? I’d love to see your thought leadership Haiku Decks out there, spreading ideas and inspiration.

What have you learned or observed this year, or what trends do you see for next year?

To make it easy, here’s an idea sharing template you can use as a visual model, plus my favorite “rock star” tips:


Idea Sharing Presentation Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Rock Star Tips for Creating Thought Leadership Content

  • This is an ideal place to try out the new logo slide type — you can add your company logo or even a picture of yourself to connect your ideas to your identity.
  • For this kind of highly shareable content, you want to make sure your message is self-contained within your slides. It’s a perfect place to use the paragraph slide type to be sure each idea is expressed clearly and fully. (Remember that more and more presentation content is viewed on mobile devices, where Notes may not be visible.)
Building thought leadership: Sample paragraph slide type

Sample paragraph slide 

  • This doesn’t mean you should cram your slides full of text, however — you want to keep your ideas crisp, clear, and easy to scan.
  • You can set your deck privacy to “private” or “restricted” while you’re working on it, but don’t forget to change it to “public” to get your ideas out there!

Rock Star Tips for Promoting Your Thought Leadership Content

Building thought leadership: Optimizing your decks for Twitter

Tweets with images win!

 Your Turn

We’d love to see your thought leadership Haiku Decks! Please share links in the comments, or tweet them with the hashtag #hdgallery.

More in the Rock Star Series

How To Make Company Values Visible

How To Give a Killer Presentation

How To Promote Your Business or Service

Happy Holidays from Haiku Deck: Free New Fonts and Filters!

Here at Haiku Deck, it’s been a truly remarkable year.

We’ve released new features, like our brand-friendly logo slide type and custom slide colors. We made Haiku Deck for iPhone, and partnered up with SlideShare to make it easy to build beautiful decks on the world’s most popular presentation sharing site. We hit one million, and then two million, iPad app downloads. We were honored to be chosen by Geekwire as one of Seattle’s 10 most groundbreaking startups.

None of that would have been possible without our amazing creative community, and we wanted to do something as a little thank you. Since “more fonts” is a very frequently requested feature, we’ve added 14 new fonts and image filters to the web by adding premium themes that were previously only available on the iPad.

Plus, we made all 20 themes free for both iPad and the web!

haiku deck premium themes now free

Selecting a Theme

To check out the new free themes in the app, simply tap or click on the “FONTS/THEMES” tab in the top center of edit mode:

haiku deck fonts/themes

If you’d like to learn more about each theme, we’ve included a short summary, screenshots, and links to our Pinterest boards dedicated to showcasing examples of each of our themes, here.

Share Your Story

Now, you can make the most stylish holiday greeting or wish list ever. Tweet us the results with #hdholiday or drop us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com – we’d love to see how you use the new themes!

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