MonthFebruary 2014

A Case Study in Career Building

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):

My Life In A flash – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

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.

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5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

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:

14 Tips for Creating – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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

Nearpod in the Classroom: An Educator’s Toolkit – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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

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.

The Gettysburg Address – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

View The Gettysburg Address on

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!

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!

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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Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide

1. Getting Started

Current Haiku Deck Users

If you’re already a Haiku Deck user, be sure to sign in to the iPhone App the same way you do for the iPad App or the Web App to access your Haiku Deck collection on your iPhone.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: Signing In

Sign in the same way you do on your iPad or on the website

New Haiku Deck Users

If you’re new to Haiku Deck, welcome! We’re thrilled to have you in our creative community. You can set up a free account with a tap using Facebook or Twitter, or enter your email and password. Be sure to make a note of how you signed in, so you can use the Haiku Deck Web App and enjoy the full Haiku Deck experience.

Read more about creating a Haiku Deck account.


At any time, you can tap the Account icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner, then NEED HELP? to get a screen overlay with tips.

2. Browsing and Selecting Decks

Basic Navigation

Tap the orange selector at the top to switch between  FEATURED, POPULAR, MY DECKS, or HISTORY.

Scroll down to view all available decks as well as deck creator, number of slides, and views.

Tap any deck to open it for viewing.

Tap the share icon next to the deck view count to share it via email, Twitter, Facebook, or AirDrop.

Featured Decks

The Featured Decks are hand-curated by our team each week and cover a wide range of subjects. They’re a perfect source of inspiration and demonstrate a variety of ways you can use Haiku Deck.

Popular Decks

Popular Decks, also updated weekly, showcases frequently viewed and shared decks from our creative community.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide

Browsing the week’s Popular Decks

My Decks

My Decks displays any decks you have created and published using the Haiku Deck iPad App or the Haiku Deck Web App. (Soon, you’ll be able to create new Haiku Decks right on your iPhone!)

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: My Decks

Browsing My Decks

There will be no decks to view here if you haven’t created a Haiku Deck. (But you can fix that easily by signing in to the Haiku Deck Web App Beta and creating a quick deck!)

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History displays any other decks you have viewed using the iPhone App — for example, decks that have been shared with you via email, social media, or AirDrop. (There will be no decks to view here if you haven’t been sent a link to a deck.)

3. Viewing Decks

Displaying Notes

Hold your iPhone in portrait orientation (vertically) to view a deck that has Notes. (Read more about Public Notes and Private Notes.) If you’re presenting from your iPhone, you can use the Notes as a personal teleprompter — they will be visible only to you.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: Displaying Notes

Hold in portrait orientation to display notes

Swipe left or right to advance or go back.

Tap the Share icon to share via mail, Twitter, Facebook, or AirDrop.

Tap the CC logo to view the image credit and licensing information. (Learn more about Haiku Deck’s integrated Creative Commons image search.)

Tap the ? for a screen overlay with helpful tips.

Full-Screen Display

Hold in landscape orientation to view the slides in full-screen display.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: Full-screen display

Hold in landscape orientation for full-screen display

Swipe left or right to advance or go back.

4. Presenting a Deck

Using your iPhone as a remote with your iPad

If you are signed into the Haiku Deck app on your iPad and your iPhone, you can use your iPhone to control playback of any published decks on your iPad! Just make sure both devices are connected to the same wifi network or have bluetooth turned on, and that the deck you want to play is published (if it is, it will be visible on your iPhone), then tap the remote button in the top right corner of the iPhone app.

Remote button - iPhone app

The remote button in the top right allows you to control your iPad from your iPhone.

As long as you’re signed into the same account on both devices, you’ll be able to select your iPad from the menu that pops up. A pop up will appear in Haiku Deck on your iPad, so that you can accept or decline the connection. Then, just play any of your decks from your iPhone – and watch the magic happen!

Presenting to an AppleTV with Airplay

If you have an AppleTV on the same network as your iPhone, you can stream your deck wirelessly to play on the TV with Airplay, just like you can with the iPad. Simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and tap the Airplay button in the bottom right. Choose AppleTV in the menu that pops up, and viola! Click here for more info about streaming to an AppleTV.

Connecting to a Projector

You can also present while connected to a projector like you can with the iPad. Just find the appropriate adapter for your iOS device and projector, connect it to the projector, and play your deck. You can rotate your iPhone vertically to see your notes. If you run into any trouble, swipe upward from the bottom of your screen to check your orientation lock and mirroring settings in control center, or check out this article.

5. Troubleshooting

Missing decks on your iPhone?

You can tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the iPhone app and choose IMPORT to prompt the app to check for any recently published decks. If it still doesn’t show up, make sure that it’s been published to the same account from the web or your iPad.

I can’t connect my iPhone as a remote.

Make sure that:

  • Your iPhone and iPad are on the same wifi network, or that they both have bluetooth enabled.
  • You have the latest version of Haiku Deck installed on both devices, by going to the App Store, and checking under the Updates tab.
  • The account you’re signed into on your iPad and iPhone is the same. If you haven’t signed out/back in on either recently, you may want to sign out and sign back in just to make sure you’re in the same account.
  • Your iPhone and iPad are both up to date. To check this, you can go to the Settings app, and choose General – Software Update.
  • If you’re on a public network, such as one in a hotel or conference hall, that you don’t have to agree to any terms and conditions in a web browser before utilizing the connection. To check this easily, just try to go to a website like in your browser on both devices.

If you’re still stuck:

  • Swipe upward from the bottom of the screen, and turn on Airplane Mode on both devices. Then, turn it back off, make sure you’re connected to wifi and/or bluetooth, and try again.
  • Follow the steps in this article on both devices.
  • Drop us a line so we can help out!

I can’t start a new deck.

The ability to create decks on the iPhone is something we’re working on. It’s coming soon, but for the time being, you’ll want to download our free iPad app, or head to to use our Web App beta.

The app isn’t acting as expected.

Follow the steps in this article and if that doesn’t help, drop us a line for speedy, personalized assistance!


Haiku Deck Builds Suite of Mobile-First Presentation Tools with New iPhone App

Seattle startup continues to push productivity paradigm forward, with expanded opportunities for mobile presentation creation, editing, viewing, and sharing

Seattle, WA — February 13, 2014 — Haiku Deck today announced the release of an iPhone app to round out its offering of presentation tools for the mobile age. The new iPhone app works flexibly with Haiku Deck for iPad and the Haiku Deck Web App Beta, opening up powerful new options for browsing, viewing, and presenting — and even turning the iPhone into a remote — on the go.

Announcing Haiku Deck for iPhone – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Mobile traffic to the Haiku Deck website has skyrocketed–iPhone visits in Q4 increased by a factor of 18 compared to the same period in 2012, reflecting a broader industry trend. And with more and more Haiku Decks being shared and viewed on small screens, Haiku Deck for iPhone offers a mobile-optimized display of its signature image-rich, minimal-text decks.

For the global community of Haiku Deck users, the iPhone App also delivers expanded flexibility for viewing and presenting, with the ability to download decks for offline viewing or spontaneous pitching in a taxi, plane, or Wifi-strained conference venue. Those giving live talks can present their Haiku Decks using the iPhone as a remote control — a feature frequently requested by conference presenters and tech-savvy trainers and teachers alike.

Mobile-first presentation tools: Using Haiku Deck for iPhone as a personal teleprompter

Using iPhone as a remote and personal teleprompter

“Our goal was to make Haiku Deck for iPhone optimized for all aspects of our customers’ mobile lifestyle,” said Kevin Leneway, Haiku Deck’s co-founder and CTO. “Rather than squeeze an iPad app into a 3” screen, we thought deeply about how to make an awesome iPhone experience from the ground up.”

“Our goal was to make Haiku Deck for iPhone optimized for all aspects of our customers’ mobile lifestyle.”

With more than a million presentations spanning topics from social media storytelling to common core educational standards — and visits to its Featured and Popular Galleries growing at a steady clip — Haiku Deck for iPhone also offers a portable, convenient way to flip through each week’s best examples for inspiration and ideas.

Mobile-first presentation tools: Browsing Gallery in Haiku Deck for iPhone

Browsing the Featured Gallery with Haiku Deck for iPhone

Gallery browsing in the iPhone App plants the seeds for creating new Haiku Decks, functionality available now on iPad and in the Web App Beta and coming soon — with features tailored to the smaller, more portable form factor — to iPhone.

Haiku Deck has demonstrated strong momentum since its launch in August 2012 — the iPad app, now available in 8 languages, has been downloaded close to a million times and has ranked #1 in productivity in more than 40 countries worldwide. The Haiku Deck Web App Beta, launched in November 2013, makes deck creation and editing available to anyone with a browser. These innovative, mobile-first presentation tools are designed to work flexibly, alone or in concert, and with the new iPhone App for a seamless, cross-device experience.

Mobile Traffic Trends – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
“Everyone has a great story to tell, lesson to teach, product to sell, or idea to share,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO. “Haiku Deck for iPhone is a natural extension of our goal to make it awesome to both create and consume presentations, in an age when mobile devices play a central role in how we work, teach, and learn.”

“Everyone has a great story to tell, lesson to teach, product to sell, or idea to share.”

Haiku Deck for iPhone is available for free in the iTunes App Store.

About Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck creates presentation tools for the mobile age, making it simple to create and share inspiring presentations on any device. 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; to see 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

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Random Acts of Kindness, Haiku Deck Style

Random Acts of Kindness Week

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, and to celebrate, we’re giving away free premium themes all week long!

We’re making two random premium themes available for free each day. Just open Haiku Deck on your iPad, tap any deck to enter Edit mode, and pull down the THEMES handle at the top center. Tap on the themes to discover which ones  are set to $0.00, then tap BUY. And be sure to visit each day to unlock new themes! (Note: Premium themes aren’t available quite yet in the Web App, but we’re working on it!)

Random Acts of Kindness Haiku Deck Challenge

The world can always use more acts of kindness, so make sure to spread the word. With the fancy new fonts and image filters you get with your premium themes, you can create a single slide or even a whole deck if you feel inspired to celebrate random acts of kindness.

Here are a few fun ways you can celebrate random acts of kindness:

Random Acts Of Kindness – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Tweet your Random Acts of Kindness Haiku Decks and slides to @haikudeck with the hashtag #hdrakweek. We’ll be adding them to our Random Acts of Kindness Week 2014 Pinterest Board to keep the positive energy flowing.

We hope you enjoy the free premium themes — and we have another fun surprise coming up on Thursday, so stay tuned!


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