Giving Your Presentations Zing!


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Giving Your Presentations Zing!

  1. zing noun 2 a : an enjoyably exciting or stimulating quality : ZEST Merriam–Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition
  2. Design
  3. Focal Point What the eye sees first The central theme or message of the visual
  4. Contrast The difference between two or more elements Make it look the same or completely different Similarities cause conflict
  5. Contrast by Size Big vs. Little
  6. Contrast by Weight Thick vs. Thin Black Bold Semibold Regular Light
  7. Contrast by Structure Serif Script Book Antiqua Brush Script Garamond Edwardian Script Times New Roman Garamond Italic Sans Serif Decorative Arial Bauhaus 93 Gill Sans Curlz Myriad Pro SF Collegiate
  8. Contrast by Form ALL-CAPS vs. lowercase Roman vs. oblique Roman vs. italic
  9. Contrast by Orientation V E Horizontal R Vertical T I d C le g n A A L
  10. Contrast by Orientation Tall Flat This is tall This is flat text because it is oriented horizontally text because and a long, flat plain. it is oriented vertically and forms a column.
  11. Contrast by Color / Special Effects Cool vs. warm Light vs. dark Textures and special effects With vs. without
  12. Don’t Contrast by Alignment 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
  13. Repetition Repeating an element, style, point, image, theme, or design Unifies a presentation Maintains a consistency throughout
  14. Hierarchy/Relevance Organizing and segmenting the structure of the content Keeping relevant information together Separating irrelevant or indirectly connected information
  15. Alignment Arranging elements to very few vertical or horizontal rules Very clean; removes clutter Defines and maintains hierarchy
  16. Simplicity Giving only important information Especially with technical data (charts, graphs, etc.) Refraining from too many effects KISS
  17. Eye Flow What the eye sees first and where it goes from there Arrange things “chronologically” Timing influences flow Gives information one bite at a time Keeps the audience from reading all the points before
  18. White Space “Rest areas” for the eyes Powerful yet most-neglected tool Absence suggests cramming and poor planning No white space makes for irritating reading
  19. Balance Maintaining a proportional visual “weight” of design elements Balance doesn’t mean symmetry Prevents monotony
  20. Eye Candy / Special Effects What catches and keeps the eye Gives zing to any presentation Holds the eye in anticipation for what’s next Often ignored; often overused
  21. Psychology Knowing mental and physical reactions Hardest to learn; takes time and experience Subliminal relevance Things don’t have to be big Color influences psychology
  22. Knowledgeable Recognition Once you know about it, you’ll see it People often remember by association