Resources for Prezi Workshop

I’m presenting a workshop on using Prezi tomorrow.  The agenda includes

  • What is Prezi, and what are its pros and cons?
  • Best practices, including how and when to zoom, pan, or rotate
  • Evaluating a topic’s structure to determine whether it’s best suited to Prezi, PowerPoint, a text document, or another medium
  • Individual experimentation with Prezi
  • Tips and tricks for efficient use

Some of the resources I’ll use are linked here.  I’ll update the list after the workshop with additional resources, as determined by the conversation and interests of participants.

Workshop Examples

Prezi Tutorials

Information Design in General

  • PRISM scandal cheekily reinterpreted as a visual design problem, including before-and-after slide redesign
  • Dan Meyer explains “Kicking Out the Cliche” in classroom presentations.  “Very little that’s worth saying can be disintegrated into staccato bullet points. If I ever found myself tending towards bullet points in any presentation, I’d start massaging them into an essay-style handout.”  Wash it down with this description of how to create great handouts.
  • Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, by Garr Reynolds, shows techniques that non-professionals can use to dramatically increase the impact of presentation visuals.  Advocates creating handouts instead of putting text on slides.
  • Garr Reynolds (of Presentation Zen fame) explains how to eliminate anything that is not essential to visually communicating your point.
  • David McCandless’s TED talk on The Beauty of Data Visualization shows dramatic examples of how the visual aspects of information design can change our relationship to information

Information Design in Prezi

8 comments

  1. these are great thanks!! I use prezi all the time, but it’s hard to find that balance between providing organization with zooming and making people feel unsettled. These resources help!

    BTW have you ever used Prezi to keep track of class discussions? I’ve used it that way and find it to be fantastic….you can plop ideas down anywhere as they come up in discussion, even organize ideas in real-time…

    • Glad that helped, Luke. Love your blog post about “neurons are a bunch of idiots!” I’ll have to go back and read thoroughly when I have some time.

  2. The PRISM redesign example is a poor one, as the “after” presentation has way too low contrast and will be unreadable in most projection contexts. You can use that critique when talking about the hazards of too “arty” a design.

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