Posts Tagged ‘Animation’

8 Awesome Innovation Designs

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Matt<

It’s that time of year again, where the Eyeful design team proudly unleash their innovation projects to the world!

Over the past couple of months, every ounce of downtime they’ve had, has seen them get their heads down and work on their individual pieces ready for this moment.

The brief was to take a piece of audio from a movie, book, story or a poem and to create a visual version.

And boy have they delivered… prepare to be wowed and amazed at what can only be described as ‘visual masterpieces’.

All 8 are packaged up below for you to peruse, share and save for future inspiration.

Enjoy and don’t forget to vote for your favourite…

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Google, Loch Ness And Some Rather ‘Different’ PowerPoint Inspiration

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Matt<

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For years the Loch Ness Monster has been hunted by journalists and tourists alike, all eager to spot the mythical beast and get a great picture!

Well google has now taken it a whole heap further by sending their street cams to Scotland to map the entire loch.

You can literally head to google maps now and type in Loch Ness and instead of traveling around the roads of the loch, you can now drop onto the water itself and travel around on a boat – nice, if slightly pointless!

So if Nessy is real, the poor old dear doesn’t stand a chance of staying hidden now!

In all seriousness though it’s amazing how far people like to push technology and indeed the strange uses we find for things that weren’t actually created for that use.

For example, there’s the classic story of builders using their van engine to cook a bacon sandwich (not really advisable from a health & safety angle), right up to the ultra-modern testing of drones to deliver packages for Amazon.

We at Eyeful too, hold our hands up. We’ve done some pretty unusual things with PowerPoint over the years!

We’re all about pushing it to its absolute max and yes we create presentations so good you won’t believe they’ve been made with simple old PowerPoint, but this isn’t what I’m talking about.

There are actually some really useful things you can do in PowerPoint other than creating presentations.

On our designer’s innovation page you can find examples of both inspirational and slightly offbeat uses of PowerPoint.

We have some lovely animated videos, a Christmas gift picker and Jack has even created ‘Lil Phil’, a PowerPoint game!

For a bit of fun and an office round of Catchphrase, I created a PowerPoint soundboard of Roy Walker Catchphrase quotes and sound effects – which worked really well!

And we don’t stop there, that’s how we push PowerPoint at work, we also use it in some pretty weird ways at home too. For example I used it to design my decking project, whereas an anonymous colleague says he, “used PowerPoint for designing Valentine poems for previous girlfriends.” Who knew you could be romantic with PowerPoint?

Optimized-quiltpatternAnd finally, perhaps the best ‘odd’ use of PowerPoint, was by our designer Hannah, who has used it to design a patchwork quilt!

So if you ever need to create the layout of something, then PowerPoint can be a really handy tool to use, because it’s just so user friendly, you can re-size a slide into the same square or rectangle shape of a room or object and you alter the size and create a diagram to scale of whatever it is your creating.

Unfortunately, the easy to use nature of PowerPoint is also the reason there are so many poor presentations out there – and why PowerPoint gets such a bad rap.

If you’ve created any odd things with PowerPoint, perhaps you could share it with us? But, if the weirdest thing you’ve created is just your everyday slides, then my advice would be for you to go ahead and use PowerPoint as an unusual tool, design your decking, layout your lounge.

And when it comes to high stakes presentation creation, contact the experts who can create fantastically designed presentations – and lovely patchwork quilts.

Story Season – 6 Real Stories To Inspire Creativity

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Matt<

We know what it’s like… We’ve all been there sitting in front of either a blank PowerPoint screen, or worse still, spent hours crafting a presentation accompanied by a nagging thought – could it be better? Could it be clearer? Why are there so many damn bullet points?

Part of the problem is knowing what PowerPoint can do (and take my word for it PowerPoint is one of the most over abused, under-appreciated and downright powerful pieces of desktop publishing software available to every man and his cyber dog).

The truth is that PowerPoint is capable of soooo much. At Eyeful our designers are graphic experts – they know how to get the most out of PowerPoint (and when to use programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator to really enhance the slides they create).

But lest we forget, no matter how much time and effort we pump into a PowerPoint slide, it should never, ever be just about making it solely look good. Good visuals only work if they are there to support strong stories. In fact it all becomes a little ‘chicken and egg’ – the more planned and structured your story, the bigger the scope and opportunity for creativity in slide design. It’s a match made in heaven.

After some inspiration? Why not check out the series of customer stories from our Irish and Dutch offices and take a moment to view these from two perspectives:

Firstly the story – these videos exist to show potential customers what its like to work with Eyeful, what we do to help our customers and the difference our involvement makes.

Then from a visual point of view – the design perfectly supports the message (and, as if to prove a point, the only program used to create these videos was PowerPoint!).

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Inspired? We certainly hope so (and if it any point you need some help, you know where we are).

Story Season – What Is Your Favourite Customer Story?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by Matt<

In this week’s edition of Story Season we join the Eyeful team for the final time as they reveal their own favourite presentation that used story in a significant way.

In here we have some pretty interesting examples, ranging from a book tour presentation for “The Wisdom of Phsycopaths”, how a brewery used a time travel concept and a presentation that tells the story of Noah’s Ark in a very visual way…

And we’ve included clips of the actual presentations so you can really see how it’s possible to merge story and presentations together.

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We hope you enjoyed the video and found some motivation and ideas on how to take your next audience on a journey through your own presentation story.

If you need any help with authoring the perfect presentation story, then just get in touch.

You’ve Got To Have a Dream… (Part One)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by Matt<

Rarely do my nightmares actually come true (thank heavens) but a recent experience came closer than ever before.

Picture the scene…

Ten eager training delegates waiting to hear me unlock the magic of PowerPoint.The room is buzzing with excitement, these people are ready to drink from the cup of knowledge and learn how to create prodigious PowerPoint slides, lozenges that look slick, graphs that look great and animations that glide gracefully onto the slide…

And every single one of them is packing the mighty PowerPoint 2003!!!

Enough to bring any PowerPoint trainer out in a cold sweat.  The gulf between PowerPoint 2003 and 2010 is about the same as between a 1984 Ford Escort and a brand new Aston Martin!

In a nutshell it is functionality, ease of use and the fact that PowerPoint 2010 is a true design tool (some would say bells and whistles)  But as Presentation Designer, it’s these bells and whistles that save something extremely valuable – TIME.

This all got me thinking if PowerPoint 2010 is so much better than 2003, then what bells and whistles should the next instalment have that the current one doesn’t?

And now I am dreaming…

It’s PowerPoint 2013 and you won’t believe what I can do with it.

The animation pane now has a scrub bar. So that when you preview animation you can pause it!

Format animation paint… has a keyboard shortcut just like format paint…

Oh, and all the rubbish transitions been removed! Surely nobody in the 21st century is still using random bars? (If you are please call us immediately for help with your presentations).

They’ve added an animation tool called ‘Morph’ so you can morph shapes into other shapes.

Motion paths, no longer jump about like a rabbit on steroids – they go where you want them easily and quickly!

There’s an incessant ringing that is actually becoming annoying – why would they do that?!

Oh, it’s the alarm clock. Bugger…

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

Monday, February 6th, 2012 by Simon<

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 Simon<

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.

And the winner of the 2011 Christmas PowerPoint is…

Monday, December 19th, 2011 by Simon<

Every year, we ask our über talented designers to enter our Christmas Card Competition.

Regular readers may recall the festive fun and games from previous years.  Who could forget 2010’s blizzard of brilliance or 2009’s unadulterated jazz theme?  Over time, this annual contest has grown in ferocity and status…2011’s winning entry was always going to have to be a cracker (excuse the pun)!

So with no further delay, we take great pleasure in unveiling this year’s winner courtesy of Nacho (two wins on the trot…he’s going for the hatrick in 2012).  A sizeable cheque is wending it’s way to The Red Cross on your behalf – wonderful stuff, Nacho!

I guess just leaves me, on behalf of the entire Eyeful team across the globe, to wish you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas break and a successful 2012.

Thanks for making 2011 our best year yet…we can’t wait to get started on 2012!

We Love “The Onion”

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by Simon<

You’ve got to love “The Onion“, the news source with it’s tongue firmly in it’s satirical cheek…

From the frankly shocking “Project Manager leaves suicide PowerPoint” report from back in 2005 to the more recent “Wow Factor Added to Corporate Presentation” scandal, they’ve always raised a smile here at Eyeful Towers.

So imagine our excitement when they combined both PowerPoint AND Infographics:

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Amidst the outbreak of wry smiling and knowing nods, it raises an important point.

We’ve ranted on about the overuse of wild animation in the past (this Toy Story 3 inspired entry is well worth a read) and implore users of PowerPoint, Keynote and especially Prezi to approach with caution.

That said, I’m off to work on the double-ripple dissolve transition.

Nice idea, chaps…

Repurposing PowerPoint – We May Have Mentioned This Once Or Twice…

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 by Simon<

If you’re a regular reader of the Eyeful Blog, you’ll be aware that we get very animated (excuse the pun) when it comes to getting the most out of your PowerPoint.

Panic not! 

This is not some clumsy, heavy-handed way of selling our wares.  If you’re a regular here, you’ll know all about the wonders of Presentation Optimisation, the glowing testimonials of our ever-growing customer base and the magic we can weave with the most basic of presentations.  Let’s not get into that now…

Nope – we’re talking about Repurposing PowerPoint.  Taking the hard work you’ve put into creating your masterpiece in PowerPoint and repackaging it for other mediums. 

From PowerPoint to Podcast…to video…to interactive PDF…and finally to web presentation.  The choice is yours.

To help explain how this works and the options available to you, we thought we’d repurpose one of our own presentations originally developed for a RIBA conference. 

It’s a case study in it’s own right…