Presentation Zen
Inpsired by Garr Reynolds

Presented by Cynthia Chandler
cchandler@nu.edu

Original Slides by Nick Dvorac...
The strength of
presentations

Use to
focus

& direct
attention
The strength of
presentations
1
what

•One idea
per slide
•Don’t dilute
your message
or

Put as little as
you can on
each slide!
Nicholas Negroponte
Being digital

Atoms

Bits

Slides, overheads

.htm, .ppt, .jpg

Costly
Costly to copy
Costly to move
...
Everything has the
same emphasis
Can’t tell what’s
important
Title

• Point
• Point
• point
Don’t
tell me!
Use
diagrams
models
maps
Appleburg
Winneburg

Oshburg
Pictures
Cool!
Charts
The
Basics
The idea is sequencing
Presentation problems

• Reading
• Making
others read
• Showing off

• Pontificating
• Hiding
• Title, point,
point, point
Presentation problems

• Reading
• Making
others read
• Showing off

• Pontificating
• Hiding
• Title, point,
point, point
Presentation problems

Reading
Presentation problems

Making others
read
Presentation problems

Showing off
The idea is sequencing

… not animation
Don’t let your
presentation
compete with
your message
• Movement effects are
attention getting
• if used sparingly

• The default effect is
Fly from left
Motion sickness
• Caused by difference between
• visual field
• inner ear perception
• Motion soon becomes repetitive
• No...
• Save flashy transitions and
emphasis
effects for

• Gives pacing and dynamics to
your presentations
• Stay low key
Dissolv Smooth and subtle
e
Wipe Revealing!
Presentations
with
PowerPoint
Background
issues
Background issues

Contrast

Use light objects on
a dark backgound
Background issues

Contrast

Or dark objects on a
light backgound
Low contrast is difficult to read
Even with strongly contrasting
colors
Low contrast is difficult to read
Even with strong...
(Darker than background)
What looks good on your monitor
(Lighter than background)
May not look good projected

High contr...
Type
issues
Type issues
Legibility

• Bigger type is easier to read
• If you need to use smaller
type, you probably have to
much on th...
Type issues
Legibility
Type issues
Legibility
Normal upper and lower case is
easier to read than ALL CAPITALS
Type issues
Legibility
Normal upper and lower case is
always easier to read than ALL
CAPITALS
Type issues
Legibility
Normal upper and lower case is
always easier to read than ALL
CAPITALS
Use bold, italics, size, col...
Type issues
Legibility

Legibility
LEGIBILITY

• Upper and lower
case words form
unique shapes
• All upper case
words are ...
Type issues
Legibility

Legibility
LEGIBILITY

All upper case
takes up more
room
without adding
legibility
Type issues
Mixing type styles

Combine normal, bold, italic,
bold italic within a typeface
freely
Use to define function
...
Type issues
Align

Group

Power

Layer

The power of

computer
graphics is at
your fingertips
Less is more
Appleburg
Winneburg

Oshburg
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Intro to PPT with Presentation Zen

  1. 1. Presentation Zen Inpsired by Garr Reynolds Presented by Cynthia Chandler cchandler@nu.edu Original Slides by Nick Dvoracek
  2. 2. The strength of presentations Use to focus & direct attention
  3. 3. The strength of presentations 1 what •One idea per slide •Don’t dilute your message
  4. 4. or Put as little as you can on each slide!
  5. 5. Nicholas Negroponte Being digital Atoms Bits Slides, overheads .htm, .ppt, .jpg Costly Costly to copy Costly to move Cheap -D or Ctrl-D You’ve got mail!
  6. 6. Everything has the same emphasis Can’t tell what’s important
  7. 7. Title • Point • Point • point
  8. 8. Don’t tell me!
  9. 9. Use diagrams
  10. 10. models
  11. 11. maps Appleburg Winneburg Oshburg
  12. 12. Pictures Cool!
  13. 13. Charts
  14. 14. The Basics
  15. 15. The idea is sequencing
  16. 16. Presentation problems • Reading • Making others read • Showing off • Pontificating • Hiding • Title, point, point, point
  17. 17. Presentation problems • Reading • Making others read • Showing off • Pontificating • Hiding • Title, point, point, point
  18. 18. Presentation problems Reading
  19. 19. Presentation problems Making others read
  20. 20. Presentation problems Showing off
  21. 21. The idea is sequencing … not animation
  22. 22. Don’t let your presentation compete with your message
  23. 23. • Movement effects are attention getting • if used sparingly • The default effect is Fly from left
  24. 24. Motion sickness • Caused by difference between • visual field • inner ear perception • Motion soon becomes repetitive • Nobody notices anymore • Until someone throws up
  25. 25. • Save flashy transitions and emphasis effects for • Gives pacing and dynamics to your presentations
  26. 26. • Stay low key Dissolv Smooth and subtle e Wipe Revealing!
  27. 27. Presentations with PowerPoint
  28. 28. Background issues
  29. 29. Background issues Contrast Use light objects on a dark backgound
  30. 30. Background issues Contrast Or dark objects on a light backgound
  31. 31. Low contrast is difficult to read Even with strongly contrasting colors Low contrast is difficult to read Even with strongly contrasting colors
  32. 32. (Darker than background) What looks good on your monitor (Lighter than background) May not look good projected High contrast has more impact!
  33. 33. Type issues
  34. 34. Type issues Legibility • Bigger type is easier to read • If you need to use smaller type, you probably have to much on the slide. • 36 pt minimum for all text. • 24 pt. minimum for graphics
  35. 35. Type issues Legibility
  36. 36. Type issues Legibility Normal upper and lower case is easier to read than ALL CAPITALS
  37. 37. Type issues Legibility Normal upper and lower case is always easier to read than ALL CAPITALS
  38. 38. Type issues Legibility Normal upper and lower case is always easier to read than ALL CAPITALS Use bold, italics, size, colors for emphasis
  39. 39. Type issues Legibility Legibility LEGIBILITY • Upper and lower case words form unique shapes • All upper case words are all rectangles
  40. 40. Type issues Legibility Legibility LEGIBILITY All upper case takes up more room without adding legibility
  41. 41. Type issues Mixing type styles Combine normal, bold, italic, bold italic within a typeface freely Use to define function For emphasis Never underline
  42. 42. Type issues
  43. 43. Align Group Power Layer The power of computer graphics is at your fingertips
  44. 44. Less is more Appleburg Winneburg Oshburg

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