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  • 1. PowerPoint Basics: Tips and Design Principles
  • 2. • Remember to use graphics and special effects sparingly. This is not an effective PowerPoint slide! • Choose fonts and colors that are easy on the eyes. Avoid light- colored text, and consider using sans serif instead of serif fonts. • Do not place too much text on any one slide. Keep plenty of “white space” on each slide. No! Yes!
  • 3. • Choose graphics wisely – if possible, they should convey an idea at a glance. Leave adequate “white space” and try to balance the page. Sources for graphics: • Research Medical Library databases that contain images along with articles: http://www3.mdanderson.org/library/databases/images.html • MD Anderson’s Medical Graphics & Photography resource (may require login): https://dcpwpcumulus.mdanderson.edu/guests/ • Google Advanced Image Search – limit results to “usage rights – free to use or share: http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search
  • 4. • Remember that this isn’t your grandparents’ PowerPoint! There are all kinds of shapes, charts, and “SmartArt” that you can find under the “Insert” menu and easily customize. Customize Me… with a few points and clicks! 0 2 4 6
  • 5. • PowerPoint is also useful for creating large posters. MD Anderson has several templates for use by faculty, staff, and students: http://inside.mdanderson.org/departments/medical- graphics/scientific-posters-slide-presentations.html
  • 6. Follow the same design principles for PowerPoint posters that you would for slideshows: • Use graphics wisely and try to balance them with digestible chunks of information • Leave plenty of white space • Use easy-to-read fonts • Follow your institution’s “branding” requirements if applicable
  • 7. Don’t forget to include citations on your PowerPoint slideshow or poster. Depending on where you got the information, citations may be needed for: • Paraphrased bullet points • Data in charts or graphs • Illustrations or photos if the creator is identified

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