Prezi Interface Considerations

I had some opportunity to develop high concept Prezis with various clients in recent months. In doing so I learned a lot about how far you can push the technology and in what scenarios the software plays to its strengths.1

Mind you that Prezi works best as an interface for content you prepare with authoring tools outside of Prezi. If you have a means to create vector graphics in a flash file format, you can enjoy intricate layering and zooming effects to navigate your material.2 As this brief introduction may show you, there are ways to overcome Prezi’s technical limitations for both presenting, and—even more relevant in my opinion—exploring information.

Prezi, much like other authoring tools, still suffers from a lack of widely recognized best practices and commendable design principles. Here’s to hoping I may provide a bit of useful input to their fashioning. More information is in the Prezi itself, and some files for download can be found at my lab.


  1. This is not going to be a post about critiquing a product, even though there is ample opportunity to do so with Prezi. Some of its idiosyncracies are baffling, to say the least, and the kind of design decisions Prezi forces upon its users are a tough pill to swallow at times. But hey, I made it work and so can you. ↩︎

  2. I fully intend to post some tutorials about how to create the right flash files for Prezi in the future. The one tool that makes it possible, other than flash itself, is pdf2swf↩︎

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