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Think Like a Red Bull Soapbox Racer for Epic Presentations

The world-famous Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to our hometown this summer, and we have a shot at being one of 40 teams angling for glory. This got us to thinking: What can this crazy-creative, adrenaline-filled, crowd-pleasing event teach us about presentations?

We created this Haiku Deck to capture 6 quick tips for winning presentations, all illustrated with entertaining photographs of previous Red Bull Soapbox creations from our killer Creative Commons image search.

You can spin through it in less time than it’ll take us to (fingers crossed) steer our oversized origami crane down Yesler Way toward the finish line. If you like our tips, you can help us secure a spot in the lineup by tweeting the Haiku Deck, or posting your favorite slide to Instagram, using the hashtag #TeamHaikuDeck.

Think Like a Red Bull Soapbox Racer

As always, your support is the wind beneath our colorful paper wings!

P.S. If you’re really in the mood to send a little love to #TeamHaikuDeck — who is working really hard to make your presentations speedier to create and save across all your devices — you can also vote for us in the Tabby Awards Users’ Choice awards. (Just search for “Haiku Deck” on the page, then scroll down a bit to click the red bar that says Haiku Deck.)

Best Presentations of 2013: Decks of the Year

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.


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

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.

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Best About Me Haiku Deck: “Sara Lingafelter in 12 Facts”

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best “About Me” Haiku Deck: “Sara Lingafelter in 12 Facts”

Born at sea level and raised by hippies, digital strategist Sara Lingafelter 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 check out Sara’s cleverly told story, and be sure to check out all five finalists for even more “About Me” inspiration. (And why not create your own?)


Sara Lingafelter In Twelve Facts – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 

 

Best How To Haiku Deck: 50 Small Ways to Improve Customer Service

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best “How To” Haiku Deck: “The Thank You Effect,” 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,” customer experience expert Greg Meyer offers up dozens of “small actions that prompt meaningful next steps to measurably improve service in any company.”

Click to find out how to improve customer service by inspiring the thank you effect, and be sure to check out all five finalists to learn how to sell a home in a hot market, scope a project effectively, draw a cartoon face, and supercharge your productivity!

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/gq0uhTcje4/the-thank-you-effect—50-small-ways-to-improve-customer-service

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

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

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 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.

We love this case study both for the breadth of creative uses across content areas and because how it illustrates so beautifully that even very young students can successfully collaborate and create with the app.

Click to view Titanic, a collaborative collection of drawings and facts by Pat Johnson’s class, and be sure to check out all five of the outstanding finalists for more inspiring examples from both students and teachers.


Titanic – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 

Best Blogging Case Study: Emma Fexeus

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best Blogging Case Study: Emma Fexeus

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 — she even added a beautiful roundup of 2013 design trends since we announced the finalists. 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 don’t miss all five finalists in the best blogging case study category, which was particularly difficult to judge because they were all so outstanding!

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“Weekly Editorial Schedule,” by Emma Fexeus

 

 

Best Conference or Event Deck: Positive User Experience

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best Conference or Event Deck: “Positive User Experience,” 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. How awesome would it be if all event speakers presented informative content with such personality and flair?

Click to see how P2 is WordPress with a dash of shibboleth, and be sure to check out all five of the outstanding finalists in this category.


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

 

Best Business Case Study: Cat’s Print Shop

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best Business Case Study: “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. We feel any business, large or small, could take a page from Cat’s Print Shop when it comes to showcasing their products or services. Congratulations, Cat! And be sure to check out all five of the best business case study finalists if you missed them before.

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

Best Idea Sharing: The Trust Economy

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This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best Idea Sharing: “The Trust Economy,” by Mark Traphagen

In this thought-provoking Haiku Deck, Haiku Deck Guru Mark Traphagen builds on ideas from Rachel Botsman, with a case study from AirBnB, to support the message that “in the new connected economy, trust & reputation will be more important than industrial capital.”

We love how Mark paired big, bold visuals and the Five Seven Five Theme with detailed Public Notes to really bring the idea to life, and the huge number of votes he received is evidence that the message resonates. Congratulations, Mark!

Click to view Mark’s full deck with notes, and be sure to check out all five of the best idea sharing finalists if you missed them before.

#hdbestof2013 Best Idea Sharing: The Trust Economy

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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.

 

 

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