Posts Tagged ‘Prezi’

So Good We’re On It Twice…

Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Justine<

Prezi have put together a handy cheat sheet for business presenters everywhere by bringing together the ‘Top 100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See’ into one convenient list.

The great and the good of presentation innovation are all included and we’re more than a little bit chuffed to say that we made the list – twice!

Despite our obvious bias, it’s hard to deny that Prezi have searched far and wide (using both popularity data and a panel of expert judges) to create an impressive list. It includes articles, blogs, books and videos that will help every business presenter understand how to make a real impact with their audience.

Before you scuttle off through a hyperlink to find out more, you might be interested to know that you are already one step ahead of your competition, simply by reading this blog. Both this blog and The Presentation Lab book made the list and we’re really rather chuffed to be in such august company.

There are some really great names on the list including people who have inspired us to push the boundaries of presentations (and continue to keep us on our toes) so you’d be well advised explore it in more detail.

Of course, if you’ve got a presentation looming and don’t have a couple of hours to spare exploring the list for assistance, you can always get in touch and we’ll do our very best to help you.

 

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Failed Presentation Meets Fashion Faux Pas

Monday, August 5th, 2013 by Justine<

Last week we marvelled at the Human brains ability to make sense of nonsense.

Which is great, right, your audience can do some of the work for you, they can understand gobbledygook so there’s no need to make sure that your content is correct or engaging, they’ll fill in the blanks themselves. All you need to do is make sure that your presentation looks fantastic and you’re onto a winner.

Wrong.

On the wrongness scale this sits alongside wearing socks with sandals, an odd simile I admit, but please bear with….

When we see someone wearing socks and sandals we feel the wrongness but we don’t like to point it out, we may hold a sneaking suspicion that it might be somehow trendy or cutting edge in a way we just don’t get, and maybe they are doing the world a favour by concealing some hideous foot fungus (which is a kindness we should all appreciate).

A beautiful presentation with a weak narrative has a similar effect. No-one has suffered unduly, some have become distracted or suspicious and nothing has been achieved.

Presentations that choose style over substance fail because style is subjective – it does not communicate to everyone in the same way.

Prezi is a case in point, its ability to pan and zoom like a sci-fi blockbuster is brilliant if it’s used intelligently. Discriminate use is not only detrimental to effective communication, there’s a very real risk of nausea. Yet there are people (roller coaster enthusiasts and base jumpers for example) who can’t get enough of it.

Ignoring content is a two pronged fork waiting quietly to be stepped on, and it cares nought for any protection provided by the combination of socks and sandals.

Firstly there is the content of your presentation, the stuff that actually fills your slides, and then there is the content of your delivery, not just the words but also the tools you use to get your message across.

Two problems with two simple solutions – Presentation Optimisation and Blended Presenting as long as you get these two things right you can wear whatever you like….

On the 10th (Working) Day of Christmas, Eyeful Does Prezi

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Simon<

Regular readers will know how manically busy the last 12 months have been…  We’ve opened up new international offices, we’ve taken on a bunch of new (and very talented) people and we’ve got on stage to share our vision of Presentation Optimisation more times than we care to think.

We’ve also got into some fantastic debates with the great and good of the presentation community.  We’ve shared a beer with Mr PowerPoint at Microsoft, debated the best way of presenting on the iPad with SlideShark…and challenged the very nice people at Prezi on some of their “zoom-centric” design thinking.  All have been thought provoking and prompted new ideas and approaches back home in Eyeful Towers.

So, in the spirit of the season, we take pleasure in unveiling our latest Prezi presentation.  In common with most Prezi presentations, it zooms, it flies around and, on a big screen, could bring on a touch of nausea…BUT it also has a story structure and message, an element normally missing in the examples we see day in, day out.

To view it in all it’s glory on the Prezi site, click below:

Enjoy!

 

The Mr PPT Interview Part Three – Will PowerPoint And The iPad Ever Kiss And Make Up?

Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Justine<

In the concluding part of our interview with Shawn Villaron from Microsoft, we talk to him about the future of PowerPoint and the impact that innovations like Prezi are making in the presentation world.

Then, without fear for personal safety, Simon broaches the iPad issue issue and, to his credit, Shawn shares some of the current Microsoft thinking in terms of iPad action…

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Listen to Part One – What Mr PPT loves about Office 2013 – here.

Listen to Part Two – Is ‘Death by PowerPoint’ covered by CSR? – here.

From the Serious to the Sublime – Tales from the Presentation Summit 2012 – Part Two

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by Justine<

In this second installment from the wilds of Arizona, Simon manages to chat about sector innovations and gross silliness in the same podcast (as his is want)!

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The pre-party pool - all evidence of anything happening after this time appears to have fallen fowl of a mid Atlantic spam filter!

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From The Studio – A Designer’s View of Prezi

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by Simon<

We’ve been pretty forthright in our views on Prezi over the past few months.

We’ve recorded Podcasts on the subject as well as discussing it’s pros and cons at length with customers all over the World. Much of our discussion has been around how effective (and, more often than not, ineffective) Prezi is as a visual storytelling tool.

But what of the designer’s role? What is it like to work with as a design tool? How does it compare to the ubiquitous PowerPoint and Keynote?

In an effort to redress the balance, we asked Dan, our most senior designer, to give it the once over and give us his feedback. As we hoped, he was candid. Very candid…

Many people jumped on Prezi because it could do something PowerPoint couldn’t do. However what people forget in their hurry to jump the PowerPoint ship is that PowerPoint does many many things Prezi can’t do.

Even Prezi are beginning to recognise this as they have now introduced fade animations – an important admission that PowerPoint isn’t all evil and that man cannot live by zoom and pan alone.

In my opinion, the biggest thing Prezi has going against it is the first pan or zoom kicks in as soon as you fire it up.  As a result, the entire audience immediately labels it “oh, a Prezi” which could turn off elements of your audience if they have something against it.

I really think Microsoft missed a trick in not incorporating a similar zoom ability into PowerPoint 2013 – Prezi has been around long enough now to show there is a need for this style of moving around information. The ‘Grow/shrink’ emphasis animation in PowerPoint kills everything with its pixellation, no matter whether it’s a vector or rasterized graphic.

What’s it like to work with?

Prezi is limited by not being able to generate elements of the presentation WITHIN the software. Basically everything needs to be imported.

Vector graphics can be imported by saving them as a pdf, but once inside Prezi we have no ability to change fill colour, stroke etc. The very limited amount of shapes one can generate inside Prezi is further limited by the restrictive colour palette and lack of access to gradient fills etc.

Content generation is something that has come on a very long way within PowerPoint. Sure, many people STILL greatly overuse drop shadows and bevel edges, but the results when used effectively, along with 3D controls and Combine Shapes feature make PowerPoint very powerful.

In conclusion…

Prezi is great for displaying certain types of information or telling a certain type of story BUT they should be conceptually built from the ground up to work in this format. Ultimately they need to have a reason to be a Prezi and not a PowerPoint. Shoehorning every type of presentation into this format is as wrong as say using the Bounce animation with shotgun sound on every slide of your PowerPoint presentation!

If Prezi did more, it would be harder to pigeonhole it as ‘that one trick pony’.

But here lies the risk of losing their differentiation or bloating the software with too many bulky, distracting options… So on reflection, maybe its best that Prezi stays roughly as it is and the responsibility is put with the presenter as to when and when not to take it out of the tool box and put it to use.

Thanks Dan!

Presenting with Prezi (Part 2) – The Expert’s Opinion

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by Justine<

Ever keen to poke a stick into something until we know all about it, Simon continues our Prezi exposé.

Using his impressive powers of skill and judgement, Simon embarks on a training course and then shares his thoughts with the World.

Is Prezi the best thing since sliced bread, or just a way of inducing sea sickness without leaving your desk?

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Presenting with Prezi (Part 1) – The Lowdown

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Justine<

There has been a lot of internet chatter recently regarding Prezi. It seems to have inspired a love / hate relationship with everyone it has come in contact with.

So what is all the fuss about?

We sent our intrepid MD Simon Morton to find out more. In part 1 of his musings on Prezi, Simon gives us the lowdown on what it is,  what it does and how it could be used by the business presenter.

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More in depth thoughts will follow in part 2.