An Adventure in how we may make better designed slides and considerations. Written for the "Speak Like Smacc" workshop at #dasSMACC (www.smacc.net.au) for educators and those in healthcare.
Many thanks to cc zero sources most of which I have referenced during this presentation.
What is wrong with so many of the slides we see at work/lectures?
Some of ours include:
- Too much detail and text
- Unclear graphics and pictures
- Inappropriate transitions and animations
- Unnecessary or distracting information
- Poor colour, text and graphic choices
- People who do not care about their slides
- Crutch slides
How do we think about doing things differently?
An Alphabetical Adventure in ideas about slide design
Affordance: The possibility of an action on an object or environment. In designing slides, and the process of designing slides, think about how you can make your slides easy to use, intuitive for yourself.
Bold: Don’t be afraid to go big and bold with texts and images for slide design. Screen real estate is free, so are extra slides.
Colour: Utilise colour to help enhance key words and messages. A tip is to utilise colours from pictures you are already using in your slides. You can do this using the “colour picker” function.
Canva colour selector – create a colour scheme with Hex codes from pictures
Coolors.co – create a palatte and mix and match all with the help of a space bar
Adobe colour picker – for the more precise demands – pick a colour and get the RGB and Hex codes you need
Detail: An eye for detail is important – in design this includes having high quality graphics which are not pixelated.
Some of my favourite treasure troves of creative commons (Free use) pictures:
New old stock
Engage: Engage emotions – use pictures to enhance your ideas and grab attention
Focus: Use vectors/lines drawn by the eye to find points of focus. You can use the rule of thirds to help you. You can also use space – both white and dark to create contrast and to draw attention.
Graphs: Ask yourselves which graphs are key. Where possible simplify content.
Hygge: A danish concept of a ‘cosy’ / accessible / comfortable lifestyle (there are even books devoted to hygge!)
Incubate: It’s a good idea to make your slides, give some time, look again. Also having other people review your slides is helpful.
Juxtapose: Contrast concepts and ideas to understand better.
Knowledge: Just like an iceberg – the content and your knowledge behind the slides s