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Some guidelines for making your presentation diagrams more understandable, efficient and visually pleasant.

Some guidelines for making your presentation diagrams more understandable, efficient and visually pleasant.

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    How to make Awesome Diagrams for your slides How to make Awesome Diagrams for your slides Presentation Transcript

    • How To Make AwesomeDiagrams u r F o r yo slides
    • MeEnrique García CotaI do software at Splendeo@otikik
    • © http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrimperial/121370739/ Disclaimer● Im not a designer.● Ive just done lots of diagrams in presentations.● These guidelines work for me.● “Right” and “Wrong” are used in that context. Dont take them personally.
    • 1. Lines © http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinysam/4988273864/
    • Never use 0pt line width Wrong Right Visible from the far end of the room
    • Have consistent line width Wrong 0.06 0.32 0.10 Right 0.06 0.06 0.32 Maybe two very different widths; not more
    • Use only one line ending Wrong Right People at the far end wont see the difference
    • Use one dashed style Wrong Right Guess
    • Arrows instead of lines vs. When? See example on next slide
    • Use connectors, not straight lines With lines With connectors
    • Shapes instead of lines (sometimes) Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 vs. Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 They look better on simple workflows
    • Colors instead of outlines (sometimes) vs. Useful to reduce the number of colors
    • 2. Shapes © http://www.flickr.com/photos/alessandropinna/1423128740/
    • Use a grid Wrong Right
    • Align when possible Wrong Right
    • Size means Importance Wrong Right Not Very Not VeryImportant Important Important Important
    • Size means Hierarchy Wrong Right Face FaceEyes Nose Mouth Eyes Nose Mouth
    • Size means Relative Size Wrong RightElephant Duck Elephant Duck
    • Size doesnt mean “long name” Wrong A Long Name Right A B* A A ...* Long Name Long Name Long Name
    • Different Shape = Different Type OK Better ? ?Yes No Yes No
    • Maximum number types: 4
    • If you need more, use images OK BetterA B C Warning! Finding appropriate images takes time
    • Transparencies, Shadows & Gradients Dont They take a lot of time to get right, and most projectors wont show them anyway
    • © http://www.flickr.com/photos/24241587@N05/5184820807/ 3. Nesting
    • One nesting level per slide Wrong Unique slide
    • One nesting level per slide Right Slide 1
    • One nesting level per slide Right Slide 2
    • One nesting level per slide Right Slide 3
    • One nesting level per slide Right Slide 4? Is this level really needed?
    • But, wont adding slides increase the presentation complexity?Yes, it will.But less than nested shapes.
    • Complexity → → ting Nes Sli d es → 1 slide / 1 nesting level
    • If you need everything in one place You are not making a presentation Consider other formats
    • © http://www.flickr.com/photos/yetti/8743214/ 4. Color
    • Color count Fill + Text + Lines - Background Fill = Green + Red = 2 Hi Text = White = 1 Lines = Black = 1 Background = White = -1Bye! 2+1+1–1=3
    • Color count should be ≤ 3
    • The magic of combinatoryIm only using threestill but here colors combi-can make many nations
    • When in doubt, use Primary colors Red Yellow Green Blue #c5000b #ffd320 #008000 #0084d1 In LibreOffice: Chart 11, Chart 3, Green, Chart12 These are awesome for diagrams
    • Color is great for Stress or Status Wrong Right OK OK Alert OK OK Alert Alert Alert OK OK Alert Alert OK OK OK Alert OK OK Alert Alert OK
    • Color is not great for lines Wrong Right More easily seen from far away
    • Use bright background colors Wrong Right Some projectors dont handle dark slides well
    • Dont use pale colors in foreground Wrong Right Gray 10% Gray >20% To projectors, any pale color = white
    • Printing: Black and WhiteOK OK Alert OK OK AlertAlert OK OK Alert OK OKOK Alert OK OK Alert OK Black and White = information loss
    • Printing: Graceful DegradationOK OK Alert Alert OK OK Alert AlertAlertAlert OK OK Alert Alert OK OKOK Alert Alert OK OK Alert Alert OK Use contrast and borders to compensate
    • 5. ext © http://www.flickr.com/photos/rahulchhiber/5177233766/
    • First and foremost: Are you anoptometrist?
    • us feel like this. Then dont make©http://www.flickr.com/photos/sveinhal/2182773789/
    • Smallest font size:20px Otherwise its impossibly difficult to read from far away
    • Only one font Wronga a a a Righta a a a
    • Exception: Typographic diagrams Nice Yuck
    • Bigger shape ⇒ Bigger or equal text Wrong Right Letters LettersA A Otherwise text size contradicts shape size
    • Italics: Dont bother Wrong Right a a No one will notice the difference
    • Bold: Dont mix itWrong Right a aa a a a Again, the difference is hard to notice
    • a hard to re d, n te of esp is ec iall Oblique text when y Use horizontal text up font. sid l al d e ow sm n and with a© http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/1156232979/
    • That was it!© Enrique García Cota
    • GoNow And Make Some Awesome Diagrams!
    • Now Go Make Some Awesome Diagrams!
    • © Enrique García Cota Thank you!