How to make half decentgraphics for Powerpoint. By Colin Burrows
TODAYS TOPICS• General Strategy• Organizing Text• Photos• Composition• Colour• Transitions• Final Thoughts
Rule Number One.DON’T BE BORING.
YOUR AUDIENCE IS
They are designed to appealto the broadest possible audience. They don’t have character.They don’t have YOUR character.
Make it about you.Your audience wants to see youdeliver the content.
Make it about you.If all that mattered was the contentyou could have sent an email.
You have to make a decision: Is this a presentation or Is this a handout
You shouldn’t be printing things anyway.
NOBODY WANTS TO WATCH YOU READ Unless you’re this guy.
NOBODY WANTS TO WATCH YOU READ …or unless you wrote the Harry Potter books. …or unless you just look really good while reading.
These areyour notes.
Keep It Simple, Stupid.
* People have troubleremembering more than 7 things.
• Avoid• Bullets
Bullet points tell people you don’t care enoughto write complete sentences
Remember that decision?
for presentations for handouts A presenter can: Bullet points • Elaborate may seem cryptic • Explain outside the context • Add detail of a presentation. You’d better write something that can stand on its own.
Control the flow. Useanimations
orControl multiple the flow. slides to Use slowthings down animations
Its okay to use lots of slides.
Lots andlots of slides.
If you have to put a whole bunch of text onone slide then please please please take thetime to organize it into manageable bits ofinformation that people can easily digest
If you have to puta whole bunch of texton one slidethen please please pleasetake the time to organize itinto manageable bitsof informationthat peoplecan easily digest
You can depend on Arial.There’s nothing worsethan formatting yourwhole slide show withsome cool font andhaving it go all screwyon you .
You can depend on Arial.There’s nothing worse thanformatting your whole slide showwith some cool font and having it goall screwy on you .
Using Black on White,despite your most well thought out minimalist intentions, just makes you look lazy.
Maybe try using a little colour.
And then keep changing it to keep people awake.
センターイメージtranslation: ‘center images’
Re-colour busy photosso they don’t distract from your text
Pictures withwhite backgrounds work the best. Find a way to connect the pictures with the text
Use Large Photos
You don’t wantphotos thatlook like this. ….or like this.
Use Good Quality Free Photos* Requires you to set up an account, but its free.
You can use if you arent profiting of your presentation. like me, I’m a student, I’m not making any money off of this. None, I swear.
1000 words are worth more than a bad photo.
Its Half time(Let people know where you are in the presentation)
TODAYS TOPICS• General Strategy• Organizing Text• Photos We are here.• Composition• Colour• Transitions• Final Thoughts
Composition1 Guide people through the slide. 23 4 Left to right. Top to bottom.
Single Focal Point - Bansky
Double PaneThis space talks about that space
Title this text is 2/3 the size of the title.
Black & White Monochrome
Cool Colours Warm Colours
Complimentary Split Complimentary Colours Colours
Transitions are not toys.Use them when changing your dialoguefrom one point to another…
…or when changing the looks of your slide (they call them transitions for a reason)
FinalThoughtsGive people hope.Let them knowthis presentationisnt going tolast forever.
For Best ResultsStart your Powerpoint in Wordthen add graphics once you know what to say
Dont put moviesin your Powerpoint.You arent asinterestingas a movieand you don’t wantto follow that.They never reallywork any way.
There are no rules, just think critically
Be Audience Appropriate
Compare how it looks against other thingsyou think look good
try to make somethingyour mom will understand.If your mom understands it,then it makes sense.
If you can be funny then be funny.If you cant be funny then be yourself.Unless you’re boring. (see rule number one)