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Friday
Oct082010

Korean Prezi theme launched in teamwork with local community 

It all started with a Facebook message. The sender was Jihoon Roh, a Prezi author from Seoul, Korea. He asked if we had plans to create a Prezi theme that works with Korean fonts. It turned out that he voluntarily represents a fast growing Prezi community in Korea and, besides using Prezi, he also teaches others about our zooming space. Soon we got to know to an amazingly active Korean community on Facebook and their Prezi support forum. We will release a Korean Prezi theme for Hangul Day (October 9).

To celebrate the release, we have asked Jihoon to talk about his community and our cooperation.


How did you get to know Prezi?

After reading Jeff Jarvis' book What Would Google Do, I subscribed to his blog. Once he posted his new journalism project using Prezi. It was my first time seeing Prezi. It was a bang! Soon I tried out Prezi and realized that it's not just for presentations, it’s also a creativity tool. From text to images and video, the way of expression is more visual. Also, info-graphics are becoming a more important issue at both work and school. Ideas are contagious and I believe ideas shown with Prezi can change the world.

You became the engine of the Korean Prezi community. What motivated you to do this and how did you start?

Unfortunately, Korean people don’t often use foreign web services because of language barriers. Twitter and Facebook use just got more excessive with smart phones spreading in the country. I couldn't wait to see my fellow Koreans to start happy zooming! That’s why I made a Facebook page to introduce and share Prezi, and conducted the pezKor open seminars. When I conducted the 3rd open seminar I requested a greeting video from Adam, co-founder of Prezi. Adam did it, and his greeting video filled the audience with new zeal.
Now I have a diverse audience: one of my seminar attendees use Prezi as a mental healing tool for kids. She is the head of an occupational therapy center. Many professional coaches asked me how they can use Prezi for their lectures. One speaker of the 3rd open seminar did a great singing and dancing performance with Prezi. I met all of them online, through the Facebook page, Twitter and then at the pezKor open seminar. These meetings gave me lots of inspiration. Today Facebook stats show that interest has risen after every open seminar. And it’s just the beginning.

You have reached out and soon we started to work on the Korean Prezi theme. How was our cooperation from your viewpoint?

First I’ve checked out a topic on the Prezi community forum where users asked for a Korean Prezi theme. I thought we needed someone who takes responsibility for the project. So I decided to contact Prezi through Facebook. I liked cooperating with you guys! When I sent an email to Prezi in the morning, I got answer from you guys by the evening. Time difference between the west and the east just helped us.

How will the community benefit from the Korean Prezi theme?

Many Korean people have difficulties in expressing themselves with good English. That’s why they hesitate to pour their stunning ideas into Prezi. Thanks to the Korean Prezi style, students are also able to develop their creativity in Prezi. Furthermore, many countries in Southeast Asia teach Korean as a second language at schools. I’m sure the Korean Prezi style will help global users too.

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Reader Comments (23)

대단하시네요!! 감사할 따름입니다 :)

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdongsoo

Thank you so much. Here is the fist work with Korean Prezi theme. The colors of Korean Prezi theme indicates the Korean national flag. I hope the global prezi user who use the Latin alphabet will like the colors & style too. Happy Zooming!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter@JihoonRoh

Thank you so much. Here is the fist work with Korean Prezi theme. http://bit.ly/b7Lgxy
The colors of Korean Prezi theme indicates the Korean national flag. I hope the global prezi user who use the Latin alphabet will like the colors & style too. Happy Zooming!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter@JihoonRoh

It's a big present for Hangul Day. I have been waiting for this. I also want to be a good member who expresses a lot of themes on prezi.

Thank you!!

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAhrang Yee

I've been teaching English here for over a year, and I started using Prezi in my classes about 2 months ago. Now with the Korean font set, I can do even more. And hopefully, my students will be more interested in it now that they can also use it. Thanks a million!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Teacher

Congrats prezi for coming up with the Korean Style! I think prezi is a revolutionary presentation programme that should be available for people and nation of all language.

As much as I applaud the effort of Prezi, I would like to point out that there has yet to be a solution for the simplified chinese style. There is a large untap pool of potential user for Prezi in Mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia who are dying to use Prezi. I sincerely hope that Prezi is working on the style and come up with a solution soon. Thanks!

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheow Boon Seng

How do I enable Korean? I don't see anywhere to change the font to a Korean one.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrhsi

This is such an extremely good news!!!

I've been using Prezi for the presentaion session on my business,,,

Since my customers are Korean, I have put the pictures of Korean letters(pdf made by Microsoft Word) instead of writing directly on Prezi.

Nowthat you guys worked hard on the application of Korean words to Prezi,
I won't have to do that anymore!!!!

Thanks!!! Happy Zooming~ ^^

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJun Lee

I started using Prezi in my business classes at Solbridge located in Daejeon, South Korea for more than a year now after I heard Umair Haque's BRITE presentation. Our students love it, and I love it, too.

One of the skills that most of our business school recruiters are looking for is “excellent presentation skills”: to be spontaneous, know the material and the message, and deliver it with "an eye contact" with the audience. PPT encouraged my students to read everything on the slide, whether or not the audience was really getting it, and they thought that they were doing a good job. Prezi presentations, not only keep the audience awake, it forces the students to be more contemporaneous, more in direct touch with their audience, and think in a non-linear fashion. And it saves a lot of item in answering a specific question by zooming out and zooming in instead of flipping through the slides.Kudos to Prezi team.

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlp Malazgirt

Thanks a lot!!!!!

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSungji

I don't see anyway to use the Korean prezi theme. How do I use it ?? I don't see any info on how to use it.

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I kind of encourage to lead spanish prezi... but how=??.. I already used it in mexico, belize, el salvador and Nicaragua (also will use it in Costa Rica in few days...)
So.... many of the people who attend my presentations got excited about prezi.... but in spanish should be better... porque en español la vida es más sabRRosaaaa!...
Saludos!

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Rivas

Hi, thanks for the feedback! It wuld be great to start sharing thoughts about what would you need. Can you drop me an email to zoltan.radnai_at_prezi_dot_com?

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoli Radnai

Hi, you can find the Korean theme in your editor under the Colors menu.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoli Radnai

Just select the Korean theme from the "colors" menu in the editor.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoli Radnai

Thank u!buy I still don't know where to get start the Korean vision...

January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJun Yi

Prezi's Korean theme is now available from the Colors bubble of the editor menu.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoli Radnai

[...] brought to life with the help of Jihoon Roh (upper left). He’s the guy that helped us to get our first Korean font set. Prezi lecturer Do-won Lee (upper right) wrote another book for the Korean market which introduces [...]

[...] was brought to life with the help of Jihoon Roh (upper left). He’s the guy that helped us to get our first Korean font set. Prezi lecturer Do-won Lee (upper right) wrote another book for the Korean market which introduces [...]

March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAsia is zooming!

I'm trying to use the Korean fonts, but it doesn't do anything. I am clicking for Korean fonts, but it just says "downloading fonts" and then nothing happens. I'm trying to find a tutorial option to let me know exactly what to do, but there's no information. I know how to find the Korean fonts (under the colors section), but from there, I don't know what to do. Please help me! I need to make a presentation for my Korean language class.

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December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHan Seung Su

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