MonthJuly 2012

One Idea Per Slide

Photo by andrechinn
We totally love showing people Haiku Deck for the first time, and seeing their reactions. They are almost always wowed by the amazing images and beautiful layouts. One thing we hear occasionally, though, is “It’s so cool! But how can I fit all my text on just those two lines?”

Guess what? If you can’t fit your text on two lines, you have too much text.

That’s right. Forget all the times you’ve crammed a document’s worth of ideas onto a single slide using 12-point bullets. That’s way too much for any audience to absorb. (And you’ve been in that audience before too, right?)

In fact, the pros at the 99% headline this awesome infographic, How to Create a Captivating Presentation, with this rule of thumb: One idea per slide, and no more than six words.

It sounds radical, but it can be radically freeing, as well. Try it! And if you need a slide makeover, give us a shout in the comments. We’re here to help set your story free.

5 Awesome Apps that Inspire Us

When we set out to create Haiku Deck, we set the bar high. Even with hundreds of thousands of apps crowding the App store, we want to be a stand-out product that inspires creativity and changes a category. We started by studying other apps that wow us and zeroing in on the qualities that make them so awesome. Here’s our list.

1. Magically Interactive
Tablets can immerse us in work and play through touch, and we appreciate apps that make inspired use of the swipe, the pinch, and the tap. Flipboard not only makes it easy to enjoy our favorite content, but brings it to life with intuitive navigation that transcends all other readers.

2. Creatively Inspiring
The impulse to create and share is universal, even though most of us don’t think of ourselves as creative geniuses. We have a soft spot for apps that make it easy to create cool things we’re proud to show off, whether it’s art, music, or photos. Instagram, which makes this crummy photographer with a lowly iPhone camera feel like a virtual Annie Liebowitz, is one of our favorites.

3. Beautifully Designed
In the ocean of apps, few stand out as truly beautiful. We admire apps that feel like the flawlessly designed lobby of a boutique hotel. We love it when menus and controls are there when you need them, but vanish when you don’t. 2012 Apple Design Award Winner Paper by FiftyThree nails this.

4. Effortlessly Flexible
We admire apps that do one thing really well, but are flexible enough to use in different ways. Evernote, for example, nails note-taking, but their powerful platform has been embraced by screenwriters, cooks, interior decorators, vacation planners, and so on.

5. Surprisingly Fun
We also love apps that transform something humdrum into something humdelightful. Swackett puts a smile on our faces with its innovative and awesomely human presentation of weather information. Check it out!

What apps inspire you? Let us know in the comments.

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