An obvious way to use the picture is like this -- blow it up a bit and try to
But the person's face is looking out of the picture. And the rule of thirds
isn't being applied
Instead I took the slide background and made it black.
I blew up the pic as much as I could without it pixellating.
I then placed the man on the left hand side, looking into the slide.
The message: sometimes you don't need powerpoint or any visual aids.
This man obviously didn't see the need for them.
Sometimes the subject cries out to be in the centre, rather than on a "third"
This is a landscape I have.
The sun is not in the centre.
Why did the photographer choose this composition?
He wanted the horizon to bisect the photo, giving equal prominence to water and sky.
And s/he liked the sun's reﬂection on the water coming towards him/her.
This is the French word for "without". In this case, without serifs.
(pronounced SAIR riff.)
HVD Comic serif
And avoid Lucida Grand as well.
I like Optima -- its the default font used by Scrivener for the Mac, an unbelievably good application for writers. www.literatureandlatte.com . No, I don't get
any royalties from them.
Gill Sans Regular,
Gill Sans Light,
Gill Sans Bold,
Gill Sans Italic,
Gill Sans Light Italic,
Gill Sans Bold Italic
Gill Sans MT Condensed,
Gill Sans Ultra
Gill Sans Ultra Bold
These are the standard fonts that everybody sees.
They give your presentation the impression of Sameness.
Mac users should avoid Gill Sans for the same reason.
I often watch a TED talk and there's a slide with one word on it.
I know immediately it's a Mac and the speaker is using Keynote because the word is instantly recognisable as being in the Gill Sans font.
Says it all, doesn't it.
Except the 0% Arial looks a bit like 0% anal, doesn't it?
Leave space to breathe
Slides that don't have space to breathe start to look crowded
There's practically no information on this slide, and it's still really crowded
Leave space to breathe
Slides that don't have space to breathe start to look
I've moved the logo off the bottom and given everything else space to breathe.
The words should be a LOT bigger for a presentation, but you get the idea.
Use colour well
Know the colour wheel.
Blue and Yellow go well together.
The best is Black on a kind of Post-It Note Yellow or on white.
Avoid red for backgrounds or for type.
Avoid orange and blue, or red and green -- they are opposites on the colour wheel.
Use purple (move the blue reddinh towards purple) and yellow, or green and pink (move the red over towards pink and you can keep the green).
You can't beat black and white for my money, though.
Use dark grey
instead of black
This is because TVs in particular struggle with very very high contrasting colours like white white and black black. I've used the lightest of greys here for
the background and the darkest of greys for the text and there's no discernible difference.
The word "black" is actually in black here.
Another advantage of using very dark grey for a background is that the pictures stand out more, especially if they have white in them.
See slide Three (3) where the person's shirt stands out from the background because the shirt is white and the background isn't.
Don't be obvious. This is the ﬁrst slide. of COURSE it's the introduction!
Sunny with a chance
IT in the next five years
Unexpected. Witty. Makes the audience want to give the speaker a chance.
By contrast, even this slide -- which looked so revolutionary a few slides ago -- looks tame.
1. Don't pixellate
2. Don't distort
3. Rule of thirds
6. Line things up
Presentation skills training
TV training (with cameras)
Crisis communication plans
Slideshare.net erich viedge or Pepper Press
Linked In: Erich Viedge
Notice how the photo "pops out" of the frame.
Experiment with breaking the rules, now that you know some of them.
And read Robin Williams' Book -- it's excellent!
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.