Presentations are meant to be visual affairs, yet all too often we end up looking at a series a slideshows with nothing but big blobs of text on them. And that’s just sad. But if the presenters at Visual.ly’s latest event have their way — and we know they will! — that won’t be the case for much longer. Visual.ly and Prezi recently co-hosted a meetup, Visual Innovation in Presentations, at Prezi’s office in San Francisco, where three distinguished experts in the field shared insights and provoked thoughtful conversation with presentations on… well, presentations. Peter Arvai, the CEO of Prezi, walked us through the history of innovation in presentations — beginning with the magic lantern invented in Europe in the 17th century, all the way through today, when is Prezi dramatically improving the ease of creation and visual appeal of presentations with its product. Part 1: Part 2: Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, a Lecturer of Creativity & Innovation at Stanford d.school, talked about the way different visual elements can change the way we perceive events, touched on the effect of a physical space on the way people collaborate, and left us with a piece of advice on creating presentations with Prezi, but one that could be ultimately applied to pretty much any creative process: “With Prezi, you start with a big blank canvas, and that can be daunting,” she said. “So, as you start exploring this new territory… just relax. You’ll soon find your own (Prezi) way.” Part 1: Part 2: And last but not least, Visual.ly CTO Glenn Reid showed us how, even as we innovate (or dream of innovating) the visual presentation space, we are still constrained by the way we view presentations: in different preset-sized rectangles. Part 1: Part 2: Our sincere thanks to Prezi for hosting the event at their office!