Make PowerPoint Look Good! (...because friends don't let friends use bad design)

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Make PowerPoint Look Good! (...because friends don't let friends use bad design) Slide 2 Agenda Design Guidelines Resources For More Information... Slide 3 Agenda Please feel free to interrupt me at any time. This session is for YOU, not me. Slide 4 The Bottom Line Slide 5 What is the purpose of your presentation? Slide 6 The Bottom Line What is the purpose of your presentation? Don't do anything that detracts from that. Slide 7 The Bottom Line What is the purpose of your presentation? Don't do anything that detracts from that. That's it. Slide 8 Too Many Words! A common mistake among presenters is the assumption that a multimedia presentation can be treated the same as a report. The problem is that reports are meant to be read by one individual at a time, while most multimedia presentations are given to a larger audience while the presenter stand in front of them and talks. The purpose of a PowerPoint in that case should be to reinforce, rather than usurp, the role of the speaker. The audience should be looking to the presenter for information first, with only the key points or relevant visual aids being shown on the screen. Unfortunately, PowerPoint has the nifty feature of shrinking the text to make it fit, no matter how much you write. This means amateur PowerPointers decide to write until they run out of room, but don't really run out of room. The result is something like what you see before you now text that is too small to read for all but the front row of the audience. This can be confusing, annoying, or at best, the audience will ignore the text completely. But if the audience is ignoring your text, then why did you bother to write it in the first place? Slide 9 6x6x6 Rule Slide 10 Not really evil. Slide 11 6x6x6 Rule Not really evil. 6 lines of text/slide. Slide 12 6x6x6 Rule Not really evil. 6 lines of text/slide. 6 words/line. Slide 13 6x6x6 Rule Not really evil. 6 lines of text/slide. 6 words/line. 6 seconds to understand. Slide 14 Too Many Colors! Slide 15 Can you read this? Slide 16 Too Many Colors! Can you read this? Does it hurt your eyes? Slide 17 Too Many Colors! Can you read this? Does it hurt your eyes? Are you uncomfortable? Slide 18 Color Scream Scheme Slide 19 Pick a color scheme with high contrast. Slide 20 Color Scream Scheme Pick a color scheme with high contrast. Keep those colors for the whole thing. Slide 21 Animations & Sounds Slide 22 This is my college roommate. Slide 23 Animations & Sounds This is my college roommate. This is also an in-joke. Slide 24 Animations & Sounds This is my college roommate. This is also an in-joke. I think it's funny. Slide 25 Animations & Sounds This is my college roommate. This is also an in-joke. I think it's funny. But it shouldn't be here. Slide 26 Transitions Slide 27 Transitions spice up a presentation. Slide 28 Transitions Transitions spice up a presentation. PowerPoint provides a wide variety of them. Slide 29 Transitions Transitions spice up a presentation. PowerPoint provides a wide variety of them. There's a strong temptation to use all of them. Slide 30 FlamingText.com http://flamingtext.com/ Slide 31 Flickr.com/creativecommons http://flickr.com/creativecommons Slide 32 PresentationZen.com http://presentationzen.com/ Slide 33 Sources http://slideshare.net/tosime/how-to-get-your- slides-noticed http://slideshare.net/tosime/how-to-get-your- slides-noticed http://www.presentationzen.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabu- chan/57991648/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabu- chan/57991648/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominicsayers/237 591638/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominicsayers/237 591638/in/photostream