Haiku Deck

I am no fan of Powerpoint. Keynote (Mac) is better but still too much work. Haiku Deck is an iPad app that addresses a lot of the things I don’t like about presentation software. To try out the app I created a deck of quotes from a book by Lawrence Block (Random Walk).

I’m not presentation expert but you don’t have to be to know you don’t load up every slide with text. One idea per slide (says Seth Godin). And the right image can bring that one idea home. And typography is important.

While I think I can do the “one idea per slide” thing, I know squat about typography and finding high quality images (even if you’re willing to steal them) take a LOT of time. Haiku Deck solves those problems in a clever way. Let’s take images first.

Let’s say the text for the first slide is: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Haiku Deck starts the image search with those words. You pick one, let’s say “deed” and HD give you a bunch of images to browse and choose from. If none of the words work, you can put in your own word or phrase: Punishment, Helping Others, etc. I guarantee HD will find the right image(s) faster than you can on your own. And they’re licensed.

The app does a great job of sizing the text and then provides several layout options to match the image you choose.

Haiku Deck is the first app I’ve seen that actually makes it possible to create a presentation on the iPad in just 15 or 20 minutes. Watching my little demo really doesn’t give you a feel for how well (and simply) the app is designed.

The app is free but you can buy additional themes for $2.00 (or the whole theme pack for $15).

If the embed above doesn’t behave, you can see the deck here.