On October 23rd, 2014, we updated our
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sans serif fonts like arial, helvetica, and calibri are more readable
sans serif fonts are easier to read even from a distance
avoid serif fonts like times new roman – their ‘serifs’ can be a distraction
use serif fonts only for headers
ideal font sizes are between 25 and 45 point
avoid all caps – they are hardest to read
to highlight a point, either box it, or ‘bold’ it
don’t use more than 2 fonts on a slide. bold and regular are counted as two fonts.
colour light colours on dark backgrounds might be easier to read, but cause reader fatigue sooner. try and limit this combination to headers dark colours on lighter backgrounds (high contrasts) are the kindest on the reader. use this combination for body text
if you must use colour, use combinations that lie opposite on the colour wheel. e.g. yellow on blue and vice versa
colours too close on the colour wheel strain the eye e.g red on orange, orange on yellow
try not to use red and green as up to 10% of your audience might be colour blind and can’t distinguish between the two
try to use darker colours on lighter backgrounds to avoid reader fatigue
use colour to call out sections, emphasize a point and for headers
light grey, pale yellow, pale blue and white make for the most effective background colours
avoid using light green, light blue, yellow and pink for text. they are associated with playfulness.
blue is hardest for the eye to see. avoid blue for thin lines, small shapes and text. blue is best used as a background.
too many contrasting colours on a slide causes fatigue
a slide should ideally not have more than 2 titles
follow the 6 x 6 rule for least distraction from your speech
6 points to a slide
6 words to each point
anymore and your audience spends more time reading and less time listening to you
when reading the eye follows a ‘z’ pattern
justify all text left
make the header relevant, keep the most important points at the top and bottom
the brain processes images better when on the left