MonthMay 2018

How is Haiku Deck Different from PowerPoint and other Presentation Tools?

With some regularity, we are asked by those seeking a PowerPoint alternative, “How is Haiku Deck is different from PowerPoint and other presentation apps?” We know that when it comes to presentation software there are tons of PowerPoint alternatives out there, so in today’s blog post we’re going to address this question head-on, explaining why we designed Haiku Deck the way we did and how it makes for the easiest way to create a beautiful presentation without the expense of hiring a professional graphic designer.


After 25 years on the market, there isn’t much you can’t do with PowerPoint. It’s extremely powerful software with a dizzying array of controls for everything from fonts and templates to animations and playback settings. And therein lies the challenge that leads some to seek a PowerPoint alternative… With all of that control, how do we avoid the dreaded ‘Death by PowerPoint,’ that has become the butt of so many jokes.


When we set out to build Haiku Deck, we didn’t think the world needed another PowerPoint clone… Instead, we set out to build a way for presentation authors to abide by the 4 principles of great presentation design. These are:

  1. Focus on one idea at a time
  2. Support your idea with a high quality image
  3. Use consistent formatting
  4. Communicate data clearly

If you’ve never used Haiku Deck, you can get a feel for how the app addresses these best practices in this three minute video:

Rather than add functionality to the traditional presentation app, Haiku Deck stands apart in having *removed* some of the controls that tend to get users into trouble. For example, the app limits the number of words you can put on a slide, forcing the author to think critically about the key message and crystalize the idea. The research shows this helps your listeners absorb and remember the information you’re sharing.


At the center of Haiku Deck is also a very powerful image search that only provides access to Creative Commons License photos that are the right size/resolution for presentations. Sure, you can import your own images if you want, but Haiku Deck provides access to over 40 million beautiful and highly illustrative photos along with the attribution and license information required to comply with copyright law.


Haiku Deck also features dozens of professionally designed themes and layouts that deliver consistency across your presentation. This ensures that your presentation always looks like it was designed by a professional, even if (like me) you have a hard time matching your socks when you get dressed in the morning.

Because Haiku Decks are hosted online, you can not only gain inspiration from the millions of decks in our Gallery, but you can also copy and remix many decks, using them as templates to save you the time and effort of building presentations from scratch. To see examples of work created by our community of millions of users, browse the Haiku Deck Gallery.

It’s important to note that while Haiku Deck provides a framework for abiding by best presentation authoring practices, all of the work you do in Haiku Deck can be downloaded in editable .pptx format, the same file format that is used by PowerPoint and other presentation apps. This allows users to further modify their Haiku Deck presentations in the event that they need a little more. We also allow users to download presentations in .pdf format for printing or to add audio narration and download as videos files in .mp4 format.

Do you have a question about Haiku Deck that you’d like to see answered in a blog post? Drop us a line any time, we love hearing from you!

“Grow your Business with Less Stress and More Success” with Jordan Evans of Language Network

We always love hearing from customers about all of the interesting ways they’re using Haiku Deck to share their ideas, tell their story, sell their products, and update their teams. When we recently heard from President of Language Network, Jordan Evans, we were inspired to learn more about how he’s using Haiku Deck to help others and to grow his business. Then when we saw the topic of his latest Haiku Deck, “Grow your Business with Less Stress and More Success,” we knew this was a story our community would want to learn more about. Here’s our interview:

Before we begin, can you tell me more about Language Network?

Language Network, is a language solutions company providing on-demand human translation and interpreting services to over 3000 organizations. We pr

Jordan Evans

Jordan Evans, President, Language Network

ovide professional language services in 200 languages with clients across healthcare, government, non-profits, and private businesses. We primarily serve customers in North America- as there is a growing need for language support since over 20% of the US population speaks another language in their home other than English.

And what is your role there?

I am President of Language Network. It is my responsibility to help our team better serve our customers with accurate and reliable translation. Our business is human powered so it’s imperative to work with great people that believe in our mission. My day is spent removing hurdles in our process, recasting our vision as a company, and meeting with customers to see how we can impact their organization in a positive way.

What types of presentations do you create?

I spend a lot of time crafting presentations for public speaking events, our internal team meetings, and for educating our customers.

When presenting I often speak on providing language access in your organization or sharing best practice with other businesses in our industry on how to grow. Recently, gave a presentation on the Five Fundamentals to Grow your Business with Less Stress and More Success.

5 Fundamentals to Grow your Business with Less Stress and More Success – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Recently, I spoke for over 2 hours after my presentation with attendees.  The feedback on the presentation was tremendous and people loved the slides!

What do you do to get ready for a successful presentation like that?

Haiku Deck allowed me to outline my talk using the “Presentation” template. I cut down massive time in formulating my talk and creating the deck. I write out the bullet points of my talk and record myself presenting from those bullet points. I then get to work creating a slide for each big idea.

My rule of thumb is spend about 30 mins of preparation and practice for every 1 minute of presentation time. (ex: 30 minute presentation requires 900 minutes or 15 hours of preparation). What’s amazing about Haiku Deck is it greatly reduced the preparation time to create the deck and I could focus energy on speaking and dry-run presenting.

You mentioned that you also recently used Haiku Deck for a board presentation. How was this process different from pulling a talk together? How did it go over?

Board Decks can be pretty dry. I made sure to follow Haiku Decks templates and imagery to make the deck a lot more engaging.  For graphs or technical slides I downloaded the editable PPT and added them with ease.

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with us Jordan! Do you have a story or idea you want to share with the Haiku Deck creative community? Drop us a line any time!

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