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More than an App

We just had to share this amazing end-of-year message from Haiku Deck Guru and Official Friend of Haiku Deck Jason Redman.

I was just thinking about all of the relationships I’ve made this year and reflecting on the various similarities and differences of the developers and I’ve come to a profound conclusion; Haiku Deck is way more than just an app.

Many of the developers I’ve interviewed and spoken with have good products and are excited about what they are developing; but, what they have yet to develop is that transformational experience. What I mean by that is Haiku Deck evokes an emotional response with the end user. Every deck a person creates is an outpouring of that person, a little bit of themselves being shared with others. Some are calls to action, some are informative, and some are just for fun; all are tiny bits and pieces of the people creating them.

Haiku Deck as a company differs in the way it interacts with the end users too. We, the consumer, are not just people: we are friends, colleagues. We feel like we are a part of the company, promoters if you will. As an end user, I appreciate any and all the times you all reach out saying kind words or helpful hints directly to me. It makes me feel special, kind of like a VIP! I know that sounds funny, but it’s true. Just know all those favorited tweets, and +1’s mean more than you all know.

I’ll finish with a thank you. Thank you for making a wonderful product, for being accessible, and for helping people to share their stories with others in a fin and simple way.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Sincerely,

Jason Redman
HOPE for soap, Chief Soap Giver

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Pure Wow

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As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Pure Wow

Over the course of the week, we’ve celebrated outstanding awesome idea sharing, business case studies, conference & event decks, bloggers, education case studies, creative hooks, how-to decks, “about me” decks, and inspiring presentations. This last set of five, to us, couldn’t be categorized in any other way besides pure wow.

1. Ink, by Paula Guinto

This is one of those visually stunning decks that we all gathered around and ooh’d and aah’d over. Ms P, a middle school teacher a gifted storyteller, recounts the story of her first tattoo, shares her first Instagram, and, through a powerful combination of beautiful, vivid words and images, urges us all to find our story, believe in it, and honor it.

Click to be wowed by Paula’s story, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the year’s best Pure Wow deck!


Ink: On Celebrating Our Stories 3.0 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Visual Storytelling, by Ken Shelton

In this deservedly popular deck, Haiku Deck Guru Ken Shelton shares tips for engaging our most dominant sense through color, texture, perspective, and  composition. (This also has to be one of the most arresting cover images we’ve seen!) He also concisely illustrates the difference between effective and ineffective visual storytelling.
Click for a lightning lesson in bringing your story to life visually, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Ken Shelton’s Pure Wow!

Visual Storytelling – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. The Book of Play, Alex Smith

The Book of Play is a fun, colorful, precious reminder of the power and beauty of play — for all of us. (Actually, all for one and one for all!) We love how Alex interspersed his own images with Creative Commons ones, and even the Zissou subtitles (in mostly lowercase) feel playful and perfectly placed.
Click to see how play is a little push and a little pull, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for The Book of Play!

The Book of Play – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Alex Smith

4. GlobalFootprints: A Travel Photography Project, by Tercia Goh

This is surely one of the most stylish, cohesive, gorgeous Haiku Decks that’s been created to date. A series of beautifully composed Instagram photos and a compelling visual motif take us on a trip around the world, inspiring us to collect moments, not things (though we are kind of smitten with all of those cool shoes, too).

Click to find out how to travel is to evolve, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the Pure Wow of GlobalFootprints!


Globalfootprints: A Travel Photography Project – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
by Tercia Goh

5. The New Mindset, by Simon McKenzie

Expertly weaving in references to Sir Ken Robinson and the SAMR model, Haiku Deck Guru Simon McKenzie makes a compelling case for professional disenthrallment, asking educators around the globe: what are you prepared to do this year?  Thank you, Simon, for advocating for the new mindset of innovation, student-led learning, and green schools so eloquently!

Click to master the New Mindset, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for its Pure Wow power!


The New Mind Set – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these pure wow Haiku Decks by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. (And, for decks this WOW, more sharing = a win all around!) We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Unlocking Your Pure Wow

We are here to help you create presentations that are pure wow! Here are a few great resources.

 

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Most Inspiring Presentation

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As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Most Inspiring Presentation

When high-impact messages are paired with powerful visuals, the results are nothing short of inspiring. Our next-to-last Decks of the Year category showcases a few of the very best examples from 2013.

1. Letting Go of Negative Thoughts, by Erin Luong

Don’t define yourself by others’ ideas of perfection, fill a journal with bad thoughts and burn it, and never underestimate the good that you can do. Erin’s simple, powerful messages got a huge audience this spring when her deck was embedded in a popular Mashable article!

Click for inspiration to let go of negative thoughts (just in time for the new year), and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for most inspiring deck of 2013!


Letting Go Of Negative Thoughts – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. 9 Tips for My 22-Year-Old Self, by Katie Richman

In this clever deck, ESPN social media director Katie Richman shares wisdom gleaned from the first 10 years of her career. There’s the practical point of reining it in at the company  party, but also reminders that when it comes to your path, you’re in the driver’s seat — i.e., “If you get to that point where you dread Monday, you’ve stayed too long.”

Click to see Katie’s inspiring career advice, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as the year’s most inspiring Haiku Deck!


3. I’m Not Creative, by Brandon George

With wit and style, Haiku Deck Guru Brandon George of Write the Good Fight spells out “14 guaranteed ways to kick creative ass.” (Case in point: Find the time. You have 24 hours in each day. So did Picasso, Gandhi, and Einstein.) Props to Brandon for using Public Notes so effectively and mixing in some cool charts to drive his points home.

Click to learn how to eat doubt for breakfast, and share Brandon’s awesome creation with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for kicking creative ass!


“I’m Not Creative” (Oh Yeah? Bull$#!%.) – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 4. Who Matters, by Susan Spellman Cann

Anyone who has met, tweeted with, or read about Haiku Deck Guru and Forever Friend of Haiku Deck Susan can’t help but be inspired by her boundless positive energy. And with more than 75,000 views this year, it’s clear that this simple, heartfelt Haiku Deck (one of many that she created this year) has inspired many.

Click to be reminded that you matter, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to support and spread this important, inspiring message!


Who Matters? – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. What I Carry, by Jonathan Colman

This crisp reflection by star content strategist Jonathan Colman headlined on Slideshare and even got picked up by the Huffington Post. From humility (everyone has something to teach us) to coffee, he’s outlined his personal toolkit in a way that can inspire anyone who reads it (especially introverts, perhaps).

Click to see what makes Jonathan tick (and to reflect on what you carry), and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for most inspiring deck of 2013!


What I Carry – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these inspiring Haiku Decks by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. (For this category in particular, the more sharing, the more we all win!) We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Creating Your Own Inspiring Haiku Deck

We are here to help you create presentations that inspire! Here are a few useful resources.

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best “About Me”

#hdbestof2013

As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best “About Me” Haiku Deck

As anyone who has received the “What’s Your Story?” welcome when you create a Haiku Deck account has seen, Haiku Deck is a unique and fun way to introduce yourself. Our eighth Decks of the Year category recognizes a few of our favorite examples from 2013.

1. A Story in Twelve Facts, by Sara Lingafelter

Born at sea level and raised by hippies, digital strategist Sara charts her professional journey from the mountains of Nepal to the University of Washington with wit and flair. One of our favorite slides describes the difference between an extrovert and a “very social introvert.

Click to enjoy Sara’s story in twelve facts, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Best “About Me” Haiku Deck!


Sara Lingafelter In Twelve Facts – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; “A Story In Twelve Facts,” by Sara Lingafelter[/caption]

Mr Walnut Grey’s profile – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; Mr Walnut Grey, by Gerard McGuickin

Design writer and blogger Gerard McGuickin shares his background, inspiration, accomplishments, and philosophy in this uber-stylish Haiku Deck, created with the atmospheric Orwell theme. He showcases artful photographs of his favorite spots in Belfast and explains why grey is an essential part of his identity.

3. “About Me,” by Rafranz Davis

“Hyperfocused tinkerer” and high-energy Haiku Deck Guru Rafranz Davis offers a fascinating glimpse into her mathematical mind in her “About Me” deck. One clever pair of images shows how kids come as a blank canvas and leave calculating the world. (Bonus points for her clever use of charts to illustrate her approach to math tinkering and time thinking mathematically.)

Click to see how Rafranz goes beyond the textbook math talk, and share it with the hashtag #hd2013 to cast your vote for clever math tinkering!


About me – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; /> “About Me,” by Rafranz Davis[/caption]

4. “About Me,” by Stephanie Bell

Though she’s been told she’s too nice to be a lawyer, Jefferson City attorney and Haiku Deck Guru Stephanie Bell reveals that she likes arguing and winninga lot. She’s also a passionate advocate for her community — read more about how she rallies support for community events with Haiku Deck here.

Click to find out what it’s like to be a rugby wife, mom, lawyer, and community blogger, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to show your support for Stephanie and #JCMO!


Stephanie S. Bell – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; /> “About Me,” by Stephanie Bell[/caption]

5. Communications and Me, Peter McKiernan

Communications and marketing strategist Peter McKiernan gives his “About Me” deck a professional focus, framing it with the important question “Why should you listen to me?” He touches on his background, his blog, and his philosophy (while also demonstrating Haiku Deck–ok, we’re kinda suckers for that.) He also incorporates humor and clever imagery to bring his expertise into focus.

Click to see Peter’s favorite advice from Elmore Leonard and find out what’s special about Ukiah, California — and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for best “About Me” Haiku Deck!


communications and me – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; “Communications and Me,” by Peter McKiernan[/caption]

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these creative “About Me” Haiku Decks by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Creating Your Own “About Me” Haiku Deck

Why not tell your own story in a Haiku Deck? Here are a few resources that might be helpful.

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best How-To Haiku Deck

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As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best How-To Haiku Deck

Whether you’re sharing helpful tips or illustrating a step-by-step process, Haiku Deck is awesome for showing how to. These are five of our favorite examples from 2013.

1. Excellent Project Scope in 5 Easy Steps, by Barry Hodge

Project manager Barry Hodge explains SMART goals clearly and concisely in this neat deck. He uses lists effectively (with short, digestible items) and gets right to the point, with just the right amount of detail to support each idea.

Click for a quick visual primer on scoping a project successfully, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for best how-to Haiku Deck of 2013!


Excellent Project Scope In 5 Easy Steps – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. Selling a Home in a Hot Market, Galen Ward

Galen Ward of Estately tackles this hot topic with humor and a wealth of high-value tips for would-be sellers. The elegant Zissou theme pairs beautifully with Galen’s high-impact lists, such as Do the Cheap Stuff and Five Days to Sold.

Click to learn how not to leave money on the table, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Estately’s helpful how-to.


Selling A Home In A Hot Market – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. The Thank You Effect: 50 Small Ways to Improve Customer Service, by Greg Meyer

We live and breathe this every day (be sure check out our amazing support forum if you haven’t already), but we think this how-to Haiku Deck is impressive for both its scope and its thought-provoking tips. From “Commit Random Acts of Wow” to “Eat Your Own Dog Food,” Greg touches on dozens of ways to improve your customer experience.

Click to discover a wealth of ways to inspire the thank you effect, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to spread the love for best Haiku Deck how-to!


The Thank You Effect – 50 Small Ways To Improve Customer Service – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 4. How to Draw a Cartoon Face, by Victoria Oliva

This step-by-step deck lit up Pinterest this year, with almost 900 repins! Victoria spells out you everything you need to succeed, from materials to mindset. Her detailed, annotated photographs show you how to get the head shape right and add details.

Click to learn how to draw a cartoon face, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for best how-to Haiku Deck of 2013!


How To Draw A Face – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Super Productivity – The Art and Science of Getting Things Done, by Niiraj R. Shah

In this epic deck, Niiraj outlines 7 habits of super productive people and explains how to get maximum stuff done (we do our best to live and breathe this, too). Learn the importance of  working with your ultradian rhythm, oxygenating your system, and staying hydrated — and that’s just habit 1!

Click to unlock the secrets of super productivity, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 (quickly, during one of those 15-minute breaks) to cast your vote for the year’s best How-To Haiku Deck!


Super Productivity – The Art & Science of Getting Things Done – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these helpful How-To Haiku Decks by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Creating Your Own How-To Haiku Deck

Why not create your own how-to? Here are a few resources that might be helpful.

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Most Creative Hook

#hdbestof2013

As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Most Creative Hook

A clever hook piques curiosity and draws your audience in — our sixth category highlights decks that do this particularly well.

1. Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. Sincerely, Your Event Planner, by Julius Solaris

This clever piece of content marketing turns the tables and enumerates tips for conference presenters–from the perspective of the event planner. With humorous images and  hard-hitting copy, Julius Solaris gently (and not so gently) reminds speakers that “Your time is not about you, it’s about them,” that the time slot is not a suggestion, and–our favorite—slides that look like this “are not cool.” (Full disclosure: Julius completes the picture with a companion piece titled “Dear Event Planner, I Hate You. Sincerely, Your Speaker” on his blog.)

Click to peruse Julius’s clever list of do’s and don’ts for speakers, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for better speaker behavior everywhere!


Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. Sincerely, Your Event Planner – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. I Am Your Dog, by Casey Lomonaco 

Like Julius, Casey plays with perspective by creating her Haiku Deck in the voice of her dog Mokie. The transcript of her dog’s thought process, captured using the Public Notes feature, is funny, touching, and awesomely clever  — “I mean, I bark when the UPS guy arrives within our zip code and YOU KEEP TALKING ON THE PHONE LIKE YOU DON’T EVEN HEAR ME!” And the “top secret tips” she shares about dog behavior along the way are terrific, whether you’re a dog lover or not.

Click to see life from Mokie’s perspective, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as the most creative hook of 2013!


I Am Your Dog. – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Bad Client Situation Toolkit, by Nick Armstrong

We see a ton of Haiku Decks each day, and we can say with confidence that this is the only one we’ve seen that includes a cover image of urinals AND some seriously useful information about improving client communication. Haiku Deck Guru Nick Armstrong of WTF Marketing gives a step-by-step guide to diagnosing and fixing a bad situation, articulating common causeshow to save boatloads of money, and how to prevent the same situation from happening again. (Bonus points to Nick for using the awesome Novella theme and solid-color list slides to amp up the impact of his tips.)

Click to check out all the clever wisdom in the Bad Client Situation Toolkit, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for it as most creative hook of the year!


Bad Client Situation Toolkit – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. Movember Stache Facts, by Centurion Signs UK

We love Haiku Decks that rally support for a great cause, but this one takes it to the next level, promoting mens health by offering “comebacks for dealing with derogatory Movember comments.” Relevant stats, such as the amount of time you save by not shaving, are cleverly brought to life with memorable images and snappy sound bites. Kudos to Centurion Signs UK, both for supporting Movember and for spreading the word with such wit!

Click to find out why you should trust the ‘stache, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to show your support in the most creative hook category!


Movember ‘Stache facts – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Little H Woodworking, by Stephen Harrison

This isn’t the first example we’ve seen of a Haiku Deck digital portfolio or catalog, but Seattle woodworker Stephen Harrison makes his stand out with playful imagery and clever copy — from “Ukulele starts with u” to “Everybody needs a little moose in their life.” Each of Stephen’s elegantly crafted slides (created with the sleek Tabletop theme) tells a story — illustrating how he reuses material, for example, or showcasing functionality.

Click to take a peek at Stephen’s unique portfolio, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the most creative hook of 2013!

Most Creative Hook: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Little H Woodworking,” by Stephen Harrison

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these clever creations by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Crafting Creative Hooks

We believe there’s a creative hook for any story! Here are a few resources that might be helpful.

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Education Case Study

#hdbestof2013

As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best Education Case Study

Our fifth category, for best education case study, celebrates the incredible innovation we have seen in the classroom. It has been amazing to see teachers and students from all levels, from first grade up to graduate school, using the app for visual storytelling, vocabulary development, and creative expression.

1. Pat Johnson’s 1st and 2nd Grade Class

Pat Johnson’s 1st and 2nd graders (now in 2nd and 3rd grade) have used Haiku Deck to capture what they’ve learned about anacondas, showcase their artwork illustrating historical events,  and explore fractions. They used the integrated Creative Commons image search to collect pictures and facts about hummingbirds and to explore the concept of big and little. When we released charts and graphs last spring, they created graphs illustrating how many views their class decks had received.

Click to view Titanic, a collaborative collection of drawings and facts by Pat Johnson’s class, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for best education case study of 2013!


Titanic – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. Show, Don’t Tell by Danielle Filas

Haiku Deck Guru Danielle Filas incorporates Haiku Decks into her teaching and posts them on her class blog so students who missed the class can catch up on the material. This witty, memorable lesson on crafting a college essay, incorporating everything from frizzy hair to a hilariously mortifying gymnastics mishap, is great for anyone tackling a piece of narrative writing.

Click to learn why the middle is a great place to start, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to show your support for Ms. Filas’s inspired Haiku Deck teaching!


Show Don’t Tell – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Figurative Language in Tuck Everlasting, by Terri Eichholz

Terri Eichholz breathed fresh air into a lesson she’d been teaching for years by challenging her 4th graders to select examples of figurative language from a novel and illustrate them using the Haiku Deck Creative Commons image search — genius! What’s more, she wrote up the project on her blog, so others can be inspired by the project. One quote we particularly love from her write-up: “While they were working with their partners, I heard one student say, ‘I love doing this!'”

Click to read the details on Terri’s blog, “Engage Their Minds,” and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the year’s best education case study!

Best Education Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Figurative Language in Tuck Everlasting,” by Terri Eichholz

4. AP Biology Exam Power Words, by Jeremy Conn

Jeremy Conn made last year’s Best of 2013 list with his awesome Cell Membrane Bubble Lab, and this spring he demonstrated how to use Haiku Deck for vocabulary-building flash cards with a visual twist. We’ve seen some great examples of Haiku Deck for vocabulary development across grade levels and subjects, but this is one of our favorites.

Click to brush up on your scientific power words, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to put a little voting rocket fuel behind Jeremy’s deck.


AP BIOLOGY EXAM POWER WORDS – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Embrace the Messiness, by Tanya Sasser

We love a good education manifesto, and this bold deck by Tanya Sasser of Jacksonville State University is an awesome example. Her incredibly detailed Public Notes clearly describe her inspiration, her tools, and the process she used to set her up classroom for challenge-based learning.

Click to explore Tanya’s thoughts (inspired by a TED talk) on the skatepark as a model for 21st-century learning, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for embracing the messiness!


Embrace the Messiness – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding education case study examples by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Blogging with Haiku Deck

Ready to create your own blogging case study? Here are a few helpful tips and resources.

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Blogging Case Study

#hdbestof2013

As the year draws to a close, we’re showcasing the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best Blogging Case Study

This year we noticed a creative explosion with bloggers, with Haiku Deck being used to add visual content to posts, highlight schedules and statistics, and enrich blogging content from a wide range of disciplines.

1. Sue Vaughton, Discovery Holiday Homes

What better way to showcase a featured vacation rental than with a gorgeous Haiku Deck slideshow? Sue Vaughton of Discovery Holiday Homes gives a tantalizing glimpse inside the Dartmoor Barn Cottage with inviting pictures of the rooms, meals, and surroundings that await visitors to South Harton Farm. She wins our hearts with the use of the high-style Iditarod theme, beautifully composed images, and polished lists of interesting factoids about the area. Realtors, hoteliers, and travel pros, take note: this is how it’s done.

Click to take a virtual tour of the Dartmoor Barn Cottage on the Discovery Holiday Homes site, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Sue’s stylish slideshow.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Dartmoor Barn Cottage,” by Sue Vaughton

2. Emma Fexeus, Emmas Designblogg

Swedish design blogger Emma Fexeus embedded Desiree Groenendal’s “The Mini Company” in her popular design blog, driving huge numbers of views, and then began creating her own Haiku Decks. We love the inventive way she’s used Haiku Deck to publish her weekly editorial schedule and her site’s statistics in a striking, visual format — and we can’t wait to see what creative uses she’ll think of next.

Click to see how Emma Fexeus plans out her blog’s recurring features with Haiku Deck, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as the year’s best blogging case study.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Weekly Editorial Schedule,” by Emma Fexeus

3. Angela Booth, Angela’s Creativity Factory

Copywriter Angela Booth has been incorporating Haiku Deck into her blog in all kinds of creative ways. In this playful Haiku Deck post, she shares memorable writing tips in a way that’s lighthearted and personal. (She has also inspired her readers to create About Me slideshows and participate in the 30-day novel writing challenge via Haiku Deck.)

Click to view How to Write Anywhere, Anytime on the Creativity Factory blog, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Angela (and her dog Honey).

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“How To Write Anywhere, Anytime,” by Angela Booth

4. Marty Smith, ScentTrail Marketing

Over the past few months, Marty Smith has absolutely blown us away with the sheer volume of powerful, thought-provoking Haiku Decks he has produced for his marketing blog. He’s explored everything from the future of web design to how to take your LinkedIn profile to the next level, and even how to create a “live now” plan if faced with a cancer diagnosis. Here’s an amazing recent post with Haiku Decks illustrating 5 Secret Internet Marketing Tactics for 2014, Enterprise Crowdfunding, and Content Widgets. He’s even devoted a post to articulating how Haiku Deck helps him develop content: “Haiku Deck’s image focus builds magic into the PROCESS of creating a story.”

Click to view an example of how Marty brings an idea to life visually with Haiku Deck, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for ScentTrail Marketing as blogging case study of the year.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Hearts & Minds,” by Martin Smith

5. Margot Lester, The Word Factory

Haiku Deck Guru Margot Lester has also been both prolific and creative with her Haiku Decks this year, informing and inspiring on topics such as connecting with your audience, incorporating customer perspectives into messaging, and developing voice. (Margot often takes advantage of the Upload to Slideshare functionality and embeds her Slideshares.) This summer over lunch, we enjoyed hearing how she’s been playing with color as a unifying theme for her creations, which makes her decks feel cohesive and distinctive.

Click to check out Margot’s 7 Strategies to Drive Relevance & Resonance on the Word Factory blog, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the year’s best blogging case study.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Engage! Driving Content Relevance,” by Margot Lester

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding blogging case study examples by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Blogging with Haiku Deck

Ready to create your own blogging case study? Here are a few helpful tips and resources.

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Conference or Event Haiku Deck

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As the year draws to a close, we’re showcasing the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best Conference/Event Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is an awesome way to wow your audience with engaging visuals and to capture the highlights and soundbites that resonate during a conference. The third category focuses Haiku Decks presented–or created–at a range of events around the world.

1. I Have a Good Feeling About This, Reg Braithwaite

Reg Braithwaite presented this epic, decade-by-decade survey of technology innovation as the opening keynote at WebRebels 2013 in Oslo, Norway. His clever, well-chosen visuals and no-holds-barred text combine to create exactly the kind of stirring, tightly thematic, personality-packed keynote talk we’d like to sit in on. We also love his creative use of the Strangelove theme and colorful stat charts to highlight key points.

Click for a smart, entertaining crash course in hardware and software development, and cast your vote for Reg by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


I have a good feeling about this – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

  2. Positive User Experience: The Power of P2, by Michele Mizejewski

Michele Mizejewski, who leads web initiatives at the University of California San Francisco library, showcased Automattic’s P2 WordPress theme at WordCamp SF 2013 with this vivid, punchy Haiku Deck. Her creative, well-chosen visuals illustrate how P2 is like a Reese’s peanut butter cup and how “silos are the enemy of good user experience.” We particularly appreciate how she used the bold Novella theme and interspersed screenshots to clearly illustrate her points and demonstrate the functionality of P2.

Click to see how P2 is WordPress with a dash of shibboleth, and cast your vote for Positive User Experience by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Positive UX: The Power of P2 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. The Mini Company, by Desiree Groenendal

Design blogger Desiree Groenendal of VosgesParis.com keynoted at HIVE Berlin, sharing her advice for monetizing a blog in this chic Haiku Deck. Her stunning slides were picked up and embedded by fellow bloggers, making her deck — the first she’d ever created — the most-viewed Haiku Deck of all time. Her use of the high-impact Underdog theme, coupled with well-composed images, concise lists, and clear takeaways, make this a standout example of a conference presentation with rich content value that extends far beyond the room.

Click to read how “amazing things will happen if you work hard and be kind,” and cast your vote for The Mini Company by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


The Mini Company – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. Personal Branding, by Wendy Townley

Not all conference and event Haiku Decks are presented from a podium — here’s a beautiful example of how the app can be used to take notes or recap an inspiring talk with memorable quotes and high-impact imagery. Created using the Strangelove theme with the rich sepia filter on, Wendy’s deck is sleek, stylish, and packed with gems from Jasmine Star’s Alt Summit talk on personal branding.

Click for simple strategies to build your own personal brand, and cast your vote for Wendy’s work by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Alt Summit SLC 2013: Personal Branding – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Cannes Digest 2013, by Zoltàn Havasi

Here’s another variation on a Haiku Deck conference recap — rather than sharing highlights from a particular session, Zoltàn Havasi captures key learnings and takeaways from the legendary Cannes Lions as a whole. Isobar’s head of planning masterfully intersperses his own photographs with solid-color background slides and Creative Commons images from the Haiku Deck keyword search, rounding out his work with detailed Public Notes and links to give us that fly-on-the-wall feeling.

Click to be inspired by moonshot thinking and other creativity techniques, and cast your vote for the Cannes Digest by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Cannes Digest 2013 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding conference and event decks by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Conference and Event Haiku Decks

Giving a talk, or sitting in on one? Here are a few helpful tips and resources.

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Business Case Study

#hdbestof2013

As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best Business Case Study

The second category showcases outstanding business case study examples — from entrepreneurial pitches to digital portfolios and inspiring content marketing.

1. Cat’s Print Shop, by Cat Barrett

Artist Cat Barrett illustrates her offerings, from wedding silhouette prints to pet silhouette cufflinks, in a lovely Haiku Deck catalog. Her artfully composed photographs, paired with the striking Tabletop theme, work together to showcase her artwork and packaging.

Click to view Cat’s unique digital portfolio (and order a silhouette if you feel inspired), and cast your vote for her work by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Cat’s Print Shop – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. The No BS Guide to PR for Startups, by Matthew Krayton

According to Matthew Krayton of Publitics, “PR is the art & science of making people pay attention,” and he combines humor and practical tips in this catchy content marketing piece. Bonus points to Matthew for using Public Notes to add detail and context to his deck and for choosing the Foundry theme–one we don’t see nearly often enough–to create such a unique look.

Click to find out how to avoid “shiny object syndrome,” and cast your vote for the No BS Guide by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


The no BS Guide To PR For Startups – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Why Coldwell Banker and the James Team? by John James

Colorado realtor and Haiku Deck Guru John James made last year’s Decks of the Year roundup with his winning listing presentation. This year he’s back with a sleek, stat-packed pitch for how the Coldwell Banker practice he runs with his wife spans global to local and offers award-winning service. We particularly love his use of stat charts and how he mixes Creative Commons photos and branded images with his own photographs for a personal touch.

Click to see how John and Di put your home in the best light, and cast your vote for the James Team by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Why Coldwell Banker and The James Team? – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 4. Bella Minds, by Shala Burroughs

Whether you’re rallying support for a cause or trying to close a big deal, every pitch benefits from bold vision, striking visuals, and a clear call to action. This case for making tech training available to women in rural areas is a standout example — and it helped Jenn Shaw and the Bella Minds team make their pilot program fundraising goal. (Bonus points for using lists so effectively, without cluttering up the beautiful slides.)

Click to see a 10-slide vision for bridging the digital divide, and cast your vote for Bella Minds by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Bella Minds – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Walk Score for Real Estate Professionals, by Josh Herst

Anyone who’s watched Simon Sinek’s legendary TED talk knows how important it is to start with the why when explaining your product or service. Josh Herst, CEO of Walk Score, does just that in this to-the-point Haiku Deck designed to promote his service with real estate professionals. You can’t help but be inspired to walk or bike to your favorite neighborhood spots!

Click to view how much larger a mortgage a family can afford with one less car, and cast your vote for Walkability by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Walk Score For Real Estate Professionals – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding business case studies by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Business Case Studies

Have an entrepreneurial idea, or a business to promote? Here are a few helpful resources.

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