Working with PowerPoint Nancy Edwards Director: Faculty & Course Development FGCU
An example of PowerPoint “gone wrong”! PowerPoint Example
Design Principles <ul><li>Basic Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing Layout designs </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment </li></ul...
Basic Design Principles Alignment Proximity Repetition Contrast
Basic Design Principles: Alignment <ul><li>Needs to be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>“ Center” alignment is very weak and s...
Basic Design Principles: Proximity <ul><li>Information is connected </li></ul><ul><li>Layout makes sense.  (Not looking al...
Basic Design Principles: Repetition <ul><li>Elements are repeated for consistency: </li></ul><ul><li>Font </li></ul><ul><l...
Basic Design Principles: Contrast Contrast creates focus: and animations = <ul><li>BUT:  Too many contrasts; i.e. differen...
Basic Design Principles: Contrast Confusion
Layout Designs: Color If you are projecting in a classroom, using a dark background with light text will be easier to read.
Layout Designs: Color If you are creating a project to be viewed on a computer, choose a lighter background with dark text.
BACKGROUNDS Be careful when choosing a background.
BACKGROUNDS It will be difficult to read the text on top of it if it is too busy or elaborate or the wrong color.
BACKGROUNDS It will be difficult to read the text on top of it if it is too busy or elaborate or the wrong color.
BACKGROUNDS Animated backgrounds can get very ANNOYING  as well as   DISTRACATING
Layout Design: Graphics Graphics can emphasize your information, but should not be another distraction.
Layout Design: Graphics Special effects can also be very distracting, so use them with caution.
Alignment A large, centered graphic leaves little room for text!
Alignment: Graphics <ul><li>Keep the graphic over to one side </li></ul><ul><li>This leaves more room for text </li></ul><...
Bullets <ul><li>Avoid centering bullet points </li></ul><ul><li>It makes the text ragged </li></ul><ul><li>And harder to r...
Bullets <ul><li>If you LEFT JUSTIFY bullets.. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be easier to read. </li></ul><ul><li>And makes t...
Working with text BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE IT IS NOT VERY EASY TO READ.  SOME DO IT TO EMPHA...
Working with text EVEN WORSE IS USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AND CENTERING THE TEXT AT THE SAME TIME.  NOW IT IS REALLY DIFFI...
Working with text <ul><li>To emphasize a particular word or phrase, try  bolding  it instead. </li></ul><ul><li>Or you cou...
Choosing a Font <ul><li>Serif fonts look like this.  They are not as easily read when projected or on a computer screen.  ...
Choosing a Font <ul><li>Sans-serif fonts  look like this.  They are a better choice than a serif font.  Common sans-serif ...
Choosing a Font <ul><li>Sometimes we use a  serif font  for headings, and a sans-serif font for the body of the text. </li...
Choosing a Font <ul><li>What   you   want   to   avoid   is   the   “ ransom   note ”   appearance! </li></ul><ul><li>Whil...
Font size <ul><li>Font size needs to be large enough  to read; at least 14 pts. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is too small, it w...
Basic rule to follow so that you have a very good presentation <ul><li>One of the most common mistakes is to try to put to...
Transitions <ul><li>Using transitions between slides can make the presentation smoother. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep to one or ...
Keep it SIMPLE <ul><li>Short, bulleted points </li></ul><ul><li>Concise wording </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to read </li></ul><...
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  1. 1. Working with PowerPoint Nancy Edwards Director: Faculty & Course Development FGCU
  2. 2. An example of PowerPoint “gone wrong”! PowerPoint Example
  3. 3. Design Principles <ul><li>Basic Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing Layout designs </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Basic Design Principles Alignment Proximity Repetition Contrast
  5. 5. Basic Design Principles: Alignment <ul><li>Needs to be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>“ Center” alignment is very weak and should be reserved for contrast. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Basic Design Principles: Proximity <ul><li>Information is connected </li></ul><ul><li>Layout makes sense. (Not looking all over screen for information.) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Basic Design Principles: Repetition <ul><li>Elements are repeated for consistency: </li></ul><ul><li>Font </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Colors </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Basic Design Principles: Contrast Contrast creates focus: and animations = <ul><li>BUT: Too many contrasts; i.e. different c o l o r s , graphics , fonts </li></ul>
  9. 9. Basic Design Principles: Contrast Confusion
  10. 10. Layout Designs: Color If you are projecting in a classroom, using a dark background with light text will be easier to read.
  11. 11. Layout Designs: Color If you are creating a project to be viewed on a computer, choose a lighter background with dark text.
  12. 12. BACKGROUNDS Be careful when choosing a background.
  13. 13. BACKGROUNDS It will be difficult to read the text on top of it if it is too busy or elaborate or the wrong color.
  14. 14. BACKGROUNDS It will be difficult to read the text on top of it if it is too busy or elaborate or the wrong color.
  15. 15. BACKGROUNDS Animated backgrounds can get very ANNOYING as well as DISTRACATING
  16. 16. Layout Design: Graphics Graphics can emphasize your information, but should not be another distraction.
  17. 17. Layout Design: Graphics Special effects can also be very distracting, so use them with caution.
  18. 18. Alignment A large, centered graphic leaves little room for text!
  19. 19. Alignment: Graphics <ul><li>Keep the graphic over to one side </li></ul><ul><li>This leaves more room for text </li></ul><ul><li>The left placement leads the eyes to the text on the right. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Bullets <ul><li>Avoid centering bullet points </li></ul><ul><li>It makes the text ragged </li></ul><ul><li>And harder to read and follow with your eyes! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Bullets <ul><li>If you LEFT JUSTIFY bullets.. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be easier to read. </li></ul><ul><li>And makes the text look neater. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Working with text BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE IT IS NOT VERY EASY TO READ. SOME DO IT TO EMPHASIZE, BUT IF EVERYTHING IS EMPHASIZED, THEN NOTHING IS REALLY EMPHASIZED!
  23. 23. Working with text EVEN WORSE IS USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AND CENTERING THE TEXT AT THE SAME TIME. NOW IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT TO READ! THIS IS A COMMON MISTAKE AND IS OFTEN THE SIGN OF A “NEWBIE”.
  24. 24. Working with text <ul><li>To emphasize a particular word or phrase, try bolding it instead. </li></ul><ul><li>Or you could use a different color . </li></ul>
  25. 25. Choosing a Font <ul><li>Serif fonts look like this. They are not as easily read when projected or on a computer screen. Common serif fonts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Times New Roman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Garamond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courier </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Choosing a Font <ul><li>Sans-serif fonts look like this. They are a better choice than a serif font. Common sans-serif fonts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tahoma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comic Sans MS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verdana </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Choosing a Font <ul><li>Sometimes we use a serif font for headings, and a sans-serif font for the body of the text. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Choosing a Font <ul><li>What you want to avoid is the “ ransom note ” appearance! </li></ul><ul><li>While using different fonts can be good for emphasis, the rule of thumb is to use no more than 2 styles on the same page/screen. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Font size <ul><li>Font size needs to be large enough to read; at least 14 pts. </li></ul><ul><li>If it is too small, it will not be read. </li></ul><ul><li>Too large can be overwhelming! </li></ul>
  30. 30. Basic rule to follow so that you have a very good presentation <ul><li>One of the most common mistakes is to try to put too much information on the page so that the audience is distracted from the speaker, just as you are right now trying to read this. Your audience will be much more receptive to your spoken words. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Transitions <ul><li>Using transitions between slides can make the presentation smoother. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep to one or two; otherwise creates another distraction! </li></ul>
  32. 32. Keep it SIMPLE <ul><li>Short, bulleted points </li></ul><ul><li>Concise wording </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to read </li></ul><ul><li>No more than 6 to 7 lines per screen </li></ul>

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