• 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.
• Choose graphics wisely – if
possible, they should convey an
idea at a glance. Leave adequate
“white space” and try to balance
Sources for graphics:
• Research Medical Library databases that contain images along with
• MD Anderson’s Medical Graphics & Photography resource (may require
• Google Advanced Image Search – limit results to “usage rights – free
to use or share: http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search
• 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
with a few
• PowerPoint is also useful for creating large posters. MD
Anderson has several templates for use by faculty, staff,
Follow the same design principles for
PowerPoint posters that you would for
• Use graphics wisely and try to
balance them with digestible chunks
• Leave plenty of white space
• Use easy-to-read fonts
• Follow your institution’s “branding”
requirements if applicable
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
A particular slide catching your eye?
Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.