Slide Presentation Guidelines

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  • Slide Presentation Guidelines

    1. 1. Slide Presentation Guidelines
    2. 2. Slide Presentation: Guidelines for the use of fonts, colors, and graphics Dept of Computer Applications Vidya Academy of science & Technology Thalakkottukara, Thrissur – 680 501
    3. 3. Slide Presentation: Guidelines for the use of fonts, colors, and graphics A publication of Dept of Computer Applications Vidya Academy of science & Technology Thalakkottukara, Thrissur – 680 501 2008
    4. 4. <ul><li>Outline </li></ul><ul><li>A badly designed slide </li></ul><ul><li>Textual content </li></ul><ul><li>Text : Font </li></ul><ul><li>Text : Capitals, italics </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Colours </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs and charts </li></ul><ul><li>Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Use of bullets </li></ul><ul><li>Animation </li></ul><ul><li>Number of slides </li></ul><ul><li>Effective presentation </li></ul>
    5. 5. Study the next slide
    6. 6. <ul><li>Emk1 knockdown inhibits lumen formation in MDCK cells: </li></ul><ul><li>RT-PCR: EMK1 is effectively knocked down in MDCK cells 24 hours after transfection with P-SUPER (control) or P-SUPER-siEMK1 plasmid; knockdown confirmed on the right with antibodies to EMK1. </li></ul><ul><li>Collagen overlay assay: cells cultured 24 h on collagen I before being overlaid with additional collagen on the apical surface, analyzed 24 h later. Note the lack of lumen in EMK1-KO cultures. </li></ul><ul><li>Ca switch: control or EMK1-KO cells were plated in low Ca medium 24 h upon transfection with pSUPER or pSUPER-KO. After 12 h, cultures were switched to normal medium for 24 h. Transmission EM of cells sectioned perpendicular to the substratum shows lack of microvilli in EMK1-KO cells. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Major errors <ul><li>Poor choice of font style and font size </li></ul><ul><li>Poor choice of colours </li></ul><ul><li>(background and text) </li></ul><ul><li>Too much data </li></ul><ul><li>Too many lines of text </li></ul><ul><li>No obvious conclusion . </li></ul>
    8. 8. Textual content <ul><li>Make text short and to the point </li></ul><ul><li>Include only key words and phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight key points </li></ul>Make text short
    9. 9. Content layout <ul><li>Consistency in </li></ul><ul><li>Positions of headings, subheadings, logos </li></ul><ul><li>Size of margins </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts: styles, sizes, colors </li></ul><ul><li>Lines, boxes, borders, open space </li></ul>Consistency
    10. 10. Font styles <ul><li>Readable font style </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended : Arial, Tahoma, Verdana </li></ul><ul><li>Use a common font throughout </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Title size : 40 point </li></ul><ul><li>Bullet point : 32 point </li></ul><ul><li>Content text :24 point </li></ul><ul><li>This font size is not recommended for content. </li></ul>Font size The larger, the better
    12. 12. <ul><li>Don’t Sacrifice Readability for Style </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Sacrifice Readability for Style </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Sacrifice Readability for Style </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Sacrifice Readability for Style </li></ul>Don’t !
    13. 13. Use of capitals <ul><li>DO NOT USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes text hard to read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conceals acronyms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denies their use for EMPHASIS </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Use of italics <ul><li>Use italics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for “ quotes ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to highlight thoughts or ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for book, journal, or magazine titles </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Use a template <ul><li>Use a set font and color scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Different styles are disconcerting to the audience . </li></ul>
    16. 16. Use the same background on all slides See the next slide…
    17. 17. <ul><li>Don’t use multiple backgrounds in your presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Changing the style is distracting </li></ul>Don’t!
    18. 18. Colours : Avoid this Lots of people can’t read this – and even if they could, it makes your eyes hurt.
    19. 19. Colours : Avoid these <ul><ul><li>Green on Blue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purple on Blue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orange on Green </li></ul></ul>
    20. 21. This is a good mix of colors. Readable! Background C o l o r s This is a bad mix of colors. Low contrast. Unreadable! This is a good mix of colors. Readable! This is a bad mix of colors. Avoid bright colors on white. Unreadable!
    21. 22. Graphs and Charts Make sure the audience can read them!
    22. 23. Avoid using graphs that are difficult to read. 8 Graphics and Charts Don’t !
    23. 24. Good graph
    24. 25. Charts and graphs Don’t
    25. 26. Charts and graphs 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 North America Europe Australia Mode A Mode B Mode C Do !
    26. 27. Tables Place on a separate slide 4/19 Fri 109 NICMOS restarted, Ne-loop control continues 4/22 Mon 112 Change to mounting cup control 4/23 Tue 134 Return to Ne control, Filter wheel test begins 4/24 Wed 155 Increase control temperature to allow for +2 K variations 4/25 Thur 165 Begin darks every 3 rd orbit 4/26 Fri 174 DQE test visit 1; Control temp +0.5 K
    27. 28. Illustrations <ul><li>Use only when needed </li></ul><ul><li>Should relate to the message and </li></ul><ul><li>help make a point </li></ul>
    28. 29. Limit each slide to one idea <ul><li>Use Bullet Points to cover </li></ul><ul><li>components of each idea </li></ul>
    29. 30. Bullets <ul><li>Keep each bullet to 1 line, 2 at the most </li></ul><ul><li>Limit the number of bullets in a slide to 5 </li></ul>
    30. 31. Points to remember <ul><li>Keep bullet points brief </li></ul><ul><li>Use the same background for each slide </li></ul><ul><li>Use dark slides with light colored text in large hall events </li></ul>
    31. 32. Avoid the “All Word” slide Another thing to avoid is the use of a large block paragraph to introduce your information. Please use short, bulleted statements and avoid typing out your whole presentation on to the slides. Also, it is difficult for some to listen and read a large amount of text at the same time. Don’t
    32. 33. <ul><li>To make a slide stand out </li></ul><ul><li>change </li></ul><ul><li>the font, </li></ul><ul><li>the background, or </li></ul><ul><li>add animation. </li></ul>Attention Grabber
    33. 34. Limit animation <ul><li>Use the same type of animation throughout the entire presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Using more than one type can be very distracting </li></ul>
    34. 35. Do not use too many slides!
    35. 36. Tips for effective presentation
    36. 37. Effective presentation <ul><li>Do not read your slides </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use too many gimmicks (videos) </li></ul><ul><li>Do not pace up and down but also don’t stand rigid! </li></ul><ul><li>Do not wave your pointer all over the slide </li></ul><ul><li>Do not talk to the screen </li></ul>
    37. 38. <ul><li>Do face the audience and make eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Do show enthusiasm and vary the tone of your voice </li></ul><ul><li>Do practice beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>Do ask your friends for feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Do RELAX and ENJOY your presentation! </li></ul>Effective presentation (contd.)
    38. 39. Thank You

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