10 Things Prezi Does Better

Dimmed lights, bullet points, and a distant voice … wake me up when it is over. Haven’t we all been there? We have all seen dozens of slideshows about this topic or that. They were very impressive when they first came out but have become common place, losing much of their effectiveness. Well, there is a new kid on the block offering us a breath of fresh air.

Too many slideshow presentations look bad and lack dynamism. The audience needs something to keep their attention. Spinning letter animation, arrows, and slide transitions don’t cut it.

Software packages, like PowerPoint, give a lot of tools to a lot of people. Almost anyone can make a slideshow with them … and almost everyone does. We end up watching a lot of lack lustre presentations as a result.

The Prezi Advantage

Prezi is an online software solution with an innovate approach. Here are 10 ways Prezi can help you make better looking presentations:

  1. Limited Typographical Styling

    There are 3 type classes per presentation. The 3 choices include a header, sub header, and copy text. It forces non designers to adopt a proven hierarchal design strategy. Any change to a type class is universally applied throughout the presentation for consistency and ease of use.

  2. Bye-bye Lousy Animation

    Slideshow animations are almost always unnecessary and distracting. The temptation to use them is gone with Prezi.

  3. Flexible Format

    It’s often difficult to fit content on a slide without compromising design. In Prezi, one fits the space to the content, not the content to the space. This means that I no longer have to try to squeeze spreadsheets into the slide or try to think of something else to say because the slide looks empty. Yea!

  4. Video Aesthetic

    A Prezi presentation does not travel from slide to slide. It pans and zooms creating an animation or video-like effect.

  5. Flexible Presentation Flow

    The presentation’s flow can be easily altered during presentations. This allows you to respond to the audience and is especially useful in Q&A. It is as simple as panning and zooming to the content you wish to show. The predetermined order can be resumed at any time.

  6. Remote Presentations in Real-time

    One can set up an online presentation and can control what the audience sees, assign the control to someone else, or let the audience view it as they please. Prezis are often seen online but can be downloaded for offline use.

  7. Online Collaboration in Real-time

    This functionality is much like the remote presentations except that the participants can edit the Prezi.

  8. An Open Canvas

    Making a Prezi is like displaying content on a canvas. This makes it easier to make a presentation unique and memorable.

  9. Overview & Emphasis

    Giving an overview and then focusing on a portion of the content is easy with Prezi. Doing this in a slideshow often requires duplicating and modifying a slide several times. No changes are necessary in a Prezi. Simply zoom in or out.

  10. Import a Slideshow

    Obviously, you would not need this feature in a slideshow editor but it makes converting old presentations to Prezis a lot simpler. One can also import images, videos, PDFs, and more.

What is your favourite Prezi feature?

How I was Pushed into Web Design

It started when a young woman visited my church. She had known about us for a while, but had never entered our doors because she could not find out anything about us online.

I knew something had to be done so that her story would not be the experience of others.

The Dilemma

I approached the church leadership about a website and they asked ask me to do it. I was not expecting that answer. I had to ask myself, “Do I believe in this enough to learn how to make a website?”

I had learned a bit of html in high school but it had long been forgotten. I figured I could brush up on it and be well on my way. I was very wrong.

I was interested in graphic design and had been for years. I designed decks and shirts for a skateboard company I had stared. I was comfortable with design but translating it into code was a different story.

I spent many months teaching myself web development. Finally, fghweb.ca was created.

The Direction

I was hooked. My research had shown me the need for good web design so I started looking for ways to apply my new skill set. The opportunity was given to me by the owner of Buen Día Canada. He had secured a grant from Canadian Heritage to make a series of short documentary videos about Hispanic Canadians. I had zero qualifications – but figured I could learn quickly enough. I enrolled in Film Production at UNB and hit the ground running. It turned out that the videos were part of a web design and development project for the New Brunswick Latino Association. He kept me on after the videos were completed and let me work on the website.

I continued to work for Buen Día Canada for a year in customer relations. I spent a significant portion of my time working under the direction of their senior designer on web projects. I moved from there to an investment bank where I became an intelligence agent who did a fair share of office administration. My employer soon had me designing presentations and promotional documents for our clients.

The Discovery

I am thankful that that first web project was put in my lap. It was a starting point in developing my passion for web design and online promotion.

Why did you get into your line of business?

15 Free & Useful Design Resources

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The online community of designers and web developers have been a huge help to me and continue to be. There are so many resources to turn to. When I was first learning how to build a website I was referred to w3schools.com by a friend. What a blessing that site has been to me. A List Apart, Kuler, and 99designs are great resources as well.

I have started to compile a list of these resources on Pinterest. I would encourage you to check it out. I am not going to try to include all the forums which I have turned to so often. It is sufficient to say that forums are a great resource and that I am thankful for them. Here is the list to date:

  1. 24ways.org
  2. underconsideration.com/speakup
  3. www.webmonkey.com
  4. 99designs.com/designer-blog
  5. w3schools.com
  6. siteinspire.com
  7. colorschemedesigner.com
  8. css3.info
  9. alistapart.com
  10. html5doctor.com
  11. new.myfonts.com
  12. kuler.adobe.com
  13. thinkvitamin.com
  14. thegridsystem.org
  15. davidfstewart.ca/create

What are some more resources we can add to the list?