Our creative community continues to wow us with so many beautiful, inspiring Haiku Decks! Here’s a roundup of the year’s best presentations: our ten 2013 Decks of the Year winners. A big Hai-5 to all of the creative geniuses whose decks were selected as finalists and winners, and to everyone who cast their votes with likes, comments, and shares.

The Winners: Best Presentations of 2013

Pure Wow: “Ink: On Celebrating Our Stories,” by Paula Guinto

Paula Guinto’s visually stunning presentation, “Ink: On Celebrating Our Stories,” was the most ooh’d and ahh’d at deck, even before our Decks of the Year Awards began. Ms P, a middle school teacher and a gifted storyteller, recounts the story of her first tattooshares her first Instagram, and, through a powerful combination of beautiful, vivid words and images, urges us all to find our storybelieve in it, and honor it.

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Most Inspiring Haiku Deck: “I’m Not Creative,” by Brandon George

Haiku Deck Guru Brandon George of Write the Good Fight, supercharged his deck with 14 creativity boosters that are “guaranteed ways to kick creative a@$,” from how to eat doubt for breakfast to mining for nuggets.

(P.S. Brandon also created a G-rated version here if you’d like to share his creativity boosters with a younger audience.)

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Best “About Me” Haiku Deck: “Sara Lingafelter In Twelve Facts”

Digital strategist Sara Lingafelter charts her professional journey from the mountains of Nepal to the University of Washington with wit and flair in her presentation.

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Best “How-To” Haiku Deck: “The Thank You Effect,” by Greg Meyer

From “Commit Random Acts of Wow” to “Eat Your Own Dog Food,” customer experience expert Greg Meyer offers up dozens of “small actions that prompt meaningful next steps to measurably improve service in any company.”

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Most Creative Hook: “Dear Speaker, I Loathe You,” by Julius Solaris

From an event planner’s perspective, Julius Solaris turns the table and enumerates tips for conference presenters. He gently (and sometimes not so gently) shares with us his clever do’s and don’ts for speakers. He also completes the picture with his companion piece titled “Dear Event Planner, I Hate You. Sincerely, Your Speaker” on his Event Manager blog.

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

Best Education Case Study: Pat Johnson’s 1st and 2nd Grade Classroom

Pat Johnson’s 1st and 2nd graders (now in 2nd and 3rd grade), have used Haiku Deck in more than one creative way; from capturing what they’ve learned about anacondas, showcasing their artwork illustrating historical events, and exploring fractions to using 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.

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Best Blogging Case Study: Emma’s Designblogg

Emma Fexeus, a Swedish design blogger, first embedded Desiree Groenendal’s “The Mini Company” on her popular design blog and then began creating Haiku Decks of her own. Her inventive use of Haiku Deck to publish her weekly editorial schedule and her site’s statistics in a visually striking format leaves one wanting to know more, and we can’t wait to see what other creative uses she’ll think of next.

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Best Conference or Event Haiku Deck: “Positive User Experience” by Michele Mizejewski

Michele Mizejewski leads web initiatives at the University of California San Francisco library. At WordCamp SF 2013, she showcased Automattic’s P2 WordPress theme with this vivid, punchy Haiku Deck. The creative and 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.

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Best Business Case Study: “Cat’s Print Shop,” by Cat Barrett

Artist Cat Barrett displays her offerings of 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 beautifully showcase her artwork and packaging.

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Best Idea Sharing: “Trust Is The New Currency,” by Mark Traphagen

Haiku Deck Guru Mark Traphagen builds on the ideas from Rachel Botsman in this thought-provoking Haiku Deck. Featuring a case study from AirBnB, it supports the message that “in the new connected economy, trust & reputation will be more important than industrial capital.” And to really bring the idea to life, click to view the full deck with detailed Public Notes.

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Share Your Best Presentations!

We’re always looking for inspiring examples to share with our community, and we want to see your best presentations! Tweet your best work with the hashtag #hdgallery, or submit a link to your deck by dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We can’t wait to see what you create this year!