poetry for presentations: haiku deck [app tuesday]

I was all set to write about another app today, when I clicked on an email from the Haiku Deck folks. To tell me that they’re giving away two premium themes a day, all week. Part of their “a random act of kindness week.” Sadly, I missed yesterday’s themes because I didn’t open the email until today.

Want some free Haiku Deck themes? Open HD on your iPad, go into an editing window, click on themes and then scroll through, clicking on premium themes, until you stumble across the $0.00 ones. [Spoiler alert: today’s are Iditarod and Starship. Cool.]

Free themes? The  main reason I’m featuring Haiku Deck in this week’s installment of #apptuesday. Also, I’m practicing agility. I’m going with the flow. Shifting my editorial calendar. Away from what I was going to write about, and toHaiku Deck. Because? I’m agile.

So I’ll go ahead and share some other thoughts about the app. while I”m at it.

Haiku Deck started life as a presentation app for your iPad. Which is one way that I’ve used it. In fact, below is a slide from an entire e-discovery presentation I gave last year using the app. Fun stuff.

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HD simplifies slide-building, which for most people and in most presenting situations, is a *fantastic* idea. Busy slides with bullet points and graphs and charts and too many words? Makes the audience want to poke their eyes out, people. Trust me on this one.

Now you can build and share decks via HD’s web app, too. Which is why I went to it today in the first place. I’m making a HD birthday presentation for my sister’s big 4-0. Much more fun than simply sending a card (though I do highly recommend this site for quite nice e-cards and e-invites).

Another, perhaps novel, purpose for the app: I’ve used it to create presentations to clients, both legal and consulting, to explain processes and make proposals. Feedback tells me these have been very well-received. And while HD doesn’t substitute for a presenter’s creativity, it does handle the heavy lifting from a design standpoint quite well.

HD’s site features an ever-changing array of excellent decks, which will inspire both design-wise and content-wise. And HD’s blog often offers great presentation, customer service, and other tips.

This post isn’t going to tell you how to use this app because you can find a handy Haiku Deck tutorial here and a getting started post here. And you can find theweb app user guide here. Why reinvent the wheel?

I’m presenting on the cloud at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tech unConference next week. I’ve already opted out of using TBA’s equipment for my presentation (TBA requires the use of PowerPoint so I decline mainly on principle), which means I’m free to use Haiku Deck. I just may do it. Cloud-based presentations are one of the 25+ topics I’ll be covering, after all.

And if you’ll be in the Nashville area on Thursday, February 20, I invite you to join fellow technologically-enlightened lawyers for an array of interesting presentations, food, and conversation. It’s all free (unless you want the CLE credit). I’m closing the show with the final presentation at 3:30. Would love to see you there.