MonthDecember 2013

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Idea Sharing


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 Idea Sharing

The first category is idea sharing. These authors have grasped that whether you’re up on a stage or not, Haiku Deck is a powerful platform for helping inspiring ideas spread.

1. Enthrall: 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Storytellers, by Justina Chen

This gorgeous deck by Justina Chen is “an open invitation to disgruntled communicators tired of corporate pabulum, jargon, and acronyms.” She illustrates her 7 tips to create memorable and meaningful stories with clever, engaging visuals, and the effect is enthralling.

Click to view Justina’s expert advice on storytelling, and cast your vote for her work by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Enthrall: 7 Secrets of Storytelling – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. The Accordion Effect, by John Sheridan

“Cloud is the new black,” states Australia’s CTO John Sheridan in this concise, engaging deck, which he originally presented at the Forrester CIO Forum. He brings his vision to life with a memorable visual metaphor, clever references to Star Trek and the Lone Ranger, and a few of his signature Lego images. He also makes outstanding use of the Public Notes feature to add context and detail to his slides, ensuring his ideas about the country’s technology infrastructure can spread far and wide.

Click to see John’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.

The Accordion Effect – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Reframing Business Analysts, by Amber Haley

Originally presented at ProductCamp Berlin, this information-rich deck by Agilist Amber Haley offers insights and ideas to strengthen development teams, boost team productivity, and improve products. (Bonus points to Amber for both using Public Notes effectively and including a snappy chart to let us know that she’s 32% massive nerd and 18% domestic goddess.)

Click to see Amber’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.

Unchaining The Analysts: Making BDUF Agile Friendly – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. The Trust Economy, by Mark Traphagen

When Mark Traphagen discovered Haiku Deck, he immediately grasped the possibilities for what he called lean content development and became enthralled with the visual storytelling possibilities. In this insightful Haiku Deck, he builds on ideas from Rachel Botsman and shares a case study from AirBnB to support the message that “in the new connected economy, trust & reputation will be more important than industrial capital.”

Click to see Mark’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.

Trust Is The New Currency – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Technology Philosophy, by Gray Scott

If you’ve ever wondered what a futurist thinks about, you’ll want to explore Gray Scott’s thought-provoking deck. In it, he introduces his concept of the Neuronalverse and shares his theories about human consciousness, deep space travel, and immortality. The striking black-and-white imagery and explanatory notes add to the polish and effectiveness of this future-forward visual essay.

Click to see Gray’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.

Futurist Gray Scott – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and keep these powerful ideas spreading by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Idea Sharing

We believe everybody has amazing ideas to share, so why not create your own idea sharing Haiku Deck? Here are a few helpful resources.


How To Get Precise Numbers for Bar Charts

I had a great Google chat with Kent Gustavson last week, and he inspired me to share helpful Haiku Deck “hacks” with the community. Here’s one I used quite a bit this week to prepare my board update deck!

Building charts with a swipe of the finger on an iPad is pretty darn magical, but if you’ve ever had trouble dragging a Bar Chart data point to the exact value you want, try this:

1. Select Pie Chart, and tap DONE.

2. Switch the toggle on the right from % to #.

3. Type in the values for each of your data points. (Tap + in the center of the pie chart to add new data points.)

4. Tap the blue Image icon, then tap Bar Chart to switch the chart type.

The data you entered will now be displayed in a Bar Chart. (This method also works for editing existing Bar Charts — just change to Pie Chart, update the values, and change it back.)

What’s your favorite #haikudeckhack? Let us know in the comments!








Simple, Stylish Presentation Handouts

Presentation Handouts that Wow

An extremely common mistake that presenters make is to pack their slides full of text so they can also be used as a leave-behind. (One of our heroes, Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen, calls this messy mashup of slides and a document a slideument.)

The problem with this? Your audience can either listen to you, or read your slides, but they can’t do both — and honestly, they don’t want to do both. In fact, the #1 complaint about presentations, according to Dave Paradi’s fascinating Annoying PowerPoint Survey (here’s a fun Haiku Deck summarizing the results), is when presenters read slides aloud — and putting everything you’re going to say right up there on the screen is pretty much guaranteed to bore your audience to death.

Your audience can either listen to you, or read your slides, but they can’t do both.

The solution? Most presentation experts recommend creating two separate things: well-designed presentation slides, which engage your audience’s attention with minimal text and evocative imagery (hint, hint), and presentation handouts, which complete the package with key talking points and other supporting information.

This, of course, sounds like a lot of extra work — but if you’re using Haiku Deck to create your slides, beautiful presentation handouts are a snap.

How to Create Presentation Handouts with Haiku Deck

1. Create your killer slides, using either the iPad App or the Web App, and publish your deck to the web.

2. Add the supplemental text you’d like to appear on your presentation handouts using the Public Notes feature. (Tip: You can add or edit Public Notes from either the Web App or the iPad App. Just be sure to PUBLISH or UPDATE when you’re finished.)

3. Pull the deck up online, either by signing in to and heading to MY DECKS or by emailing yourself a link.

4. Hover over the + icon on the left side of the deck (beneath the social sharing icons).

5. Click the download arrow icon that appears at the bottom of the grey icons.

Presentation Handouts: Adding public notes and downloading a PDF in Haiku Deck

Hover over the +, then click the download arrow

5. Choose Download an Adobe Acrobat PDF copy of your Haiku Deck. (Patience, grasshopper…This may take a couple minutes.)

6. Look for your PDF handout in your Downloads folder. You can print them out (or share online to save paper).

Here’s a page from my presentation handouts for “Crafting a Winning Story,” a talk I gave recently at AMA Houston MarketingEdge. Note that the attribution for any Creative Commons images you have selected using the Haiku Deck image search is automatically displayed at the bottom.

Presentation Handouts: Sample Haiku Deck PDF Handout

Sample Haiku Deck PDF handout page

By making my presentation handouts separate, I could keep my actual slides clean and uncluttered:

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

Tip: The Public Notes do double-duty — they also provide additional context for online viewing. Click here to view the full Haiku Deck with my Public Notes.

More Help

Have more questions about presentations handouts, or tips to share? Let us know in the comments!

Announcing Our Gratitude Contest Winners

We are feeling especially grateful for our amazing community — you continue to wow us with your creativity, cleverness, and inspiring messages. Thank you to all who participated in our #hdgratitude contest, whether you tweeted, submitted a single slide, or created a whole deck! You are all awesome! And you can’t help but smile and be inspired when you see the collective images of moments of gratitude all together.

Best Deck Winner

We loved everything about this stylish deck from Meghan Zigmond, who scored a Haiku Deck t-shirt and a premium theme pack for her creativity. This is one of the best uses we’ve seen so far of the Illuminati theme. We also love how she mixed her own images with Creative Commons images.

Best Deck Runner-up

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Watch: Haiku Deck’s CEO on HuffPost Live

How does our co-founder and CEO Adam Tratt explain what Haiku Deck is all about in just a few minutes?

He recently chatted on HuffPost Live with host Mike Sacks who — like most of us, let’s face it — has had to sit through “countless mind-numbing presentations.”

Adam: “The process of creating slide decks is often so dreadful.”

Mike: “It’s awful! It’s totally dreadful!”

In this short HuffPost Live video interview, Adam shares four best practices in presentation design that have shaped Haiku Deck, and his thoughts on why most  presentation tools don’t set people up for success.

Another great quote from Adam: “The way I see it, the most wonderful thing we get to do as humans is tell a story or share an idea. And isn’t it a shame when you sit in front of one of those tools, and it feels like this soul-sucking experience.”

“The way I see it, the most wonderful thing we get to do as humans is tell a story or share an idea.”

P.S. We showcase exactly these kinds of wonderful stories and ideas in our Gallery each week.

More Web App Launch Coverage

The HuffPost chat was only one of a few amazing pieces of press coverage for our recent Web App launch — many thanks to all who took the time to try out the Web App and share the story!

Read even more coverage of Haiku Deck on our Reviews page.

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