2012
Dec
04

New app on the block The Haiku Deck, but why it’s not all as simple as it seems

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We spoke recently about the new look and updates to Prezi, and why using software like Prezi doesn’t negate the need to storyboard and structure your presentation correctly.

PowerPoint is still the most widely used software for creating presentations; it was once the only mainstream tool for presenting, but that time is long gone. There are now ever increasing platforms you can use to create your next presentation. As specialist presentation designers we are always looking for the newest ways to create stunning presentations for our clients, but no matter what platform I’m using, the basic rules for creating effective and memorable presentations still apply.

One piece of software that caught my eye recently is The Haiku Deck app. The philosophy behind this ‘ever so simple’ app is that 2 lines of text can be placed on top of any full screen image and that’s it. You start of by choosing a theme from a range of 6 (more can be purchased); each theme comes with a font and a layout style for the text. The options are limited so there’s no choosing a different font, that’s set from the theme and the sizing adjusts to the amount of type you write.

Once you have chosen your text, you can then apply your background images which can be sourced from the web using the creative commons licensing1 or from your own library. You could use solid colour backgrounds if you prefer too. Then select from several text layouts depending on your images.

As with most apps you can publish the finished results sharing them across Facebook, email or twitter.

It’s a really nice, simple to use app for creating presentations. The method of placing text on top of beautiful images to design presentations is great and will always achieve nice results.

Unfortunately this doesn’t guarantee an effective and impactful presentation. Using images to convey messages is not a new idea; the skill lies in making the connection between the messages of your presentation and finding the perfect emotive image to tap into your audience.  At bearfoot graphics we work with you, really analysing your presentation content and working to create visuals that enhance and support your dialogue to achieve a presentation that will engage your audience and capture their attention.

Using an app like The Haiku Deck definitely works in creating nice looking presentations, but you’ll need a bit more to achieve stunningly effective and impactful presentations.

  1. The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law.
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