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Good Design Techniques

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Keys to Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations

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Good Design Techniques

  1. 1. Good Design Techniques<br />Keys to Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations<br />Presentation by Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu | drjasonrhode.com<br />
  2. 2. What PowerPoint Should Be<br />Spoken word speaks to audience’s left brain<br />Slideshow speaks emotionally to audience’s right brain<br />Slides should illustrate speech<br />Slides should not replace hand-outs<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />
  3. 3. Purpose of PowerPoint<br />Take advantage most people learn best visually<br />Help us:<br />Add interest to presentation<br />Stay organized<br />Persuade our audience<br />Easy to use<br />Also easy to misuse<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />
  4. 4. Effective PowerPoint Slides<br />Start with content first, not design<br />Use design templates<br />Standardize position, colors and styles<br />Include only necessary information<br />Limit the information to essentials<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />
  5. 5. Design Tips<br />Content should be self-evident<br />Use colors that contrast<br />Be consistent<br />Effects<br />Transitions<br />Animation<br />Too many slides can bore your audience<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />
  6. 6. Text Guidelines<br />Generally no more than 5 words per line<br />Generally no more than 5 lines per slide<br />(5 +/- 2 Rule!)<br />Fancy fonts can be hard to read<br />Words in all capital letters are hard to read<br />Avoid abbreviations and acronyms<br />Limit punctuation marks<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />
  7. 7. Clip Art and Graphics<br />Should balance the slide<br />Should enhance and complement text<br />Should not overwhelm<br />No more than two graphics per slide<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />
  8. 8. Discussion<br />What additional tips can you think of?<br />What annoys you about use of PowerPoint?<br />Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jason.rhode@cuchicago.edu<br />

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