1. Twitter

We’re extra thankful for Twitter this holiday season because it serves as the most effective social media platform to get our messages across to our audience. We’re especially grateful for our presentation design community in the Twitterverse, by whom we are continually inspired and motivated.

2. SlideRocket

We kind of feel like we’ve grown up with SlideRocket over the past few years, and we’re super excited about how popular the presentation platform has become. We love using it as a presentation tool, and we’ve had more and more clients who feel the same. SlideRocket is always creating fun, interesting things (check out their Christmas card template) and we’re grateful for having the chance to collaborate with them on numerous occasions this year.

3. Evernote

To put it bluntly: we fell in love with Evernote this year; so much so that we dedicated an entire series of blog posts on it. It’s one of those applications that’s a huge value add to really anyone and everyone. Trust us on this one.

4. Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is like the Apple of at-home presentation design. It’s beautiful, sleek and easy to use, and we love how it brings the essential principles of presentation design to life. We were honored to write a guest blog post for them earlier this year, and we’re excited to watch the Seattle-based company grow in the years to come.

5. Tumblr

Tumblr is another one of those resources we’re constantly talking up here at Ethos3. We’re unabashedly grateful for the platform because it provides us a constant stream of design inspiration, and it allows us to cultivate a collection of everything inspirational, so when we’re feeling apathetic, bored or uninspired, we can head over to our Tumblr for a quick jumpstart.

6. SlideShare

We can’t say enough good things about SlideShare. We’re grateful that such a robust and active community exists for presenters to share their presentations with the world, and we’re thankful that SlideShare does its part to foster and nurture the best practices regarding presentation design. In the second half of this year, we began a series called Presentation Design Analysis where we analyze SlideShare decks for strengths and weaknesses, and we’re happy to report that the posts have been well received and beneficial to our audience.

7. Photoshop CS6

Our designers were stoked to try out the new Photoshop from Adobe Creative Suites, and they weren’t disappointed. On the contrary, they had rave reviews for the 6th edition, citing that it’s built more for designers than photographers, who seemed to be the program’s focus in the past. They added a slew of features that had been frequently requested by designers for years–– one of which was the ability to make dotted lines, a feature that one of our designers had been wishing for since the beginning.

8. East Nashville

We made a big move this summer from our office near downtown in Cummins Station to our new digs in East Nashville, and we’re super thankful for our new space. Case in point: Our old office was on the basement floor with no windows, and our new office is an old house full of character and luckily, lots of windows! The new space and location has inspired us and sparked our creativity.

9. You!

Last but certainly not least, we want to thank you, our readers. Thank you for reading our blog, and thank you for all of your retweets, mentions, conversation and support. We wouldn’t be where we are today with you, and we’re excited for what’s to come in 2013.


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