Wednesday, 25 May 2011

PowerPoint Slide Design Lesson #4

Your slides are not an all-you-can-eat buffet!

This is a replica of a genuine slide from a recent talk I attended.  The knowledge of the presenter was fantastic, the delivery okay - the presenter closed his eyes when he faced the audience - but the slides....

Each slide was a visual feast -in the style of an "all you can cram onto your plate" buffet, and our eyes definitely overate!

There were too many clashing elements: large uneven boxes with harsh black lines, a mishmash of fonts and tiny, irrelevant images.  And just how many synonyms do you need for Scholarship and Wisdom?

To my mind, all the slide needed to have on it was this.

Then you narrate around the elements, guiding your audience through the cycle.  The presenter clearly knew his stuff, so why he put so much on the slides, I may never know.

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