Presentation Matters

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Keynote Pro templates

December 13th, 2009 · Apple Keynote, Designer worth noting

I normally stay away from templates for PowerPoint and Keynote but Keynote Pro has some gorgeous pre-made templates if you need inspiration for an important presentation. I have bought a few of these and particularly like the “OM 08” template for Apple Keynote. You can use the blue or green version, but both are very clean designs (although the font is a bit thin for me so I changed to Myriad Pro in the master slides).

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Another example of bad “corporate” slides

December 5th, 2009 · Bad design, Bad PowerPoint

I came across a presentation today while browsing the web and I had to capture a couple of the slides as examples of poor slide design. I have disguised the origin of the slides and removed the company logo which appeared at the bottom of each slide.

These are really grim because they are totally overloaded with text, which is too small. They also use bad clip art that has nothing to do with the actual content of the slide.

Also, the font is Times New Roman which must be about the worst font to use in a presentation.

It drives home the point that bullet points should be banned from PowerPoint slides!

Another ex of bad slides

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Bad cheesy clip art

November 20th, 2009 · Bad design, Bad PowerPoint, Images

I found this in my collection (no, it’s not mine, but it is a colleague’s but he won’t be reading this so I’m safe). He has used a Spongebob figure in a scientific presentation. In my view this fails because (1) the clipart is very low resolution so looks very amateur and (2) because it’s redundant. You don’t need a picture of Spongebob to understand the concept of a sponge.

So in my view this slide is spoiled by the irrelevant and “humorous” (not) cartoon. It’s a bad slide anyway – the artwork could have been vastly improved with a little effort.

If in doubt, when it comes to clipart – DON’T!

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Send me your best slides!

November 18th, 2009 · Great design, PowerPoint

Loads of people are reading the blog but few comments are coming in, so in order to try to get some interaction going, why not send me a couple of examples of your slides. Send me examples of slides that you think are either really good or particularly bad. If you present regularly, why not share your tips and techniques and help us all to design great slides?

I will post these in a gallery if you are happy to share your designs.

Email me JPEGs, PowerPoint, Keynote or any format you wish.



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Using iPhone 3GS as presentation remote

November 12th, 2009 · Apple Keynote, iPhone presenter apps

I gave a couple of talks today and decided to try the app Pointer instead of my usual remote. I was using my MacBook Pro with my presentation in Keynote. However this app does not work only with Keynote – it is a great remote for PowerPoint, too. [Read more →]

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Found another great presentation blog

November 12th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Lee Potts runs a great blog called Breaking Murphy’s Law (whatever can go wrong will go wrong) [Read more →]

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Presentation error:
Don’t use other peoples’ slides!

November 11th, 2009 · PowerPoint, Things to avoid, Uncategorized

I took a short cut today and used some data supplied by a colleague. [Read more →]

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What makes a presentation memorable?

November 5th, 2009 · Uncategorized

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Steve Jobs’ presentation secrets

November 4th, 2009 · Communication, Steve Jobs

I have just been sent a link to a video discussing Steve Jobs’ presentation style. The Business Week article also includes some general tips for all of us, in terms of how to make our presentations more interesting. [Read more →]

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Color picker for PowerPoint (Windows)

November 2nd, 2009 · Good PowerPoint design, PowerPoint, PowerPoint add-in

It seems that the Windows version of PowerPoint doesn’t have the eyedropper/color picker thing that the Mac version has. [Read more →]

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