Ppt Design Tips

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Ppt Design Tips

  1. 1. Design Tips for PowerPoint <ul><li>1 st –– Backgrounds – Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Best fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Bullets –– 6 is max </li></ul><ul><li>Content is king! </li></ul><ul><li>Words on a slide –– 25 or less </li></ul><ul><li>Images –– key </li></ul><ul><li>Content and layout provided by Professor Keri Stephens </li></ul>
  2. 2. A picture is worth a thousand words PowerPoint more visual than written
  3. 3. PowerPoint rules Templates & c o lor sch emes
  4. 4. <ul><li>Match the mood </li></ul><ul><li>Look professional </li></ul>Pick a good template <ul><li>Don’t get the blues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>medium blues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>navy blue OK </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Bluesy templates – yikes! Blue diagonal Soaring Lock & key Azure
  6. 6. Bright on dark Dark on bright GOOD GOOD GOOD EVIL EVIL EVIL Use high contrast colors
  7. 7. Why high-contrast? <ul><li>Your PC screen is hi-res </li></ul><ul><ul><li>everything looks great </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>don’t trust it! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>big displays “wash out” colors </li></ul><ul><li>always TEST on final equipment </li></ul><ul><li>alter template’s defaults as needed </li></ul>
  8. 8. See for yourself <ul><li>Which line is easier to read? </li></ul><ul><li>Which line is easier to read? </li></ul>Which line is easier to read? Which line is easier to read?
  9. 9. Be font savvy <ul><li>Serif bad </li></ul><ul><li>Times New Roman </li></ul><ul><li>New York </li></ul><ul><li>Courier </li></ul><ul><li>Sans serif good </li></ul><ul><li>Arial </li></ul><ul><li>Arial Black </li></ul><ul><li>Futura </li></ul><ul><li>Tahoma </li></ul>
  10. 10. Which is easier to read? Once upon a time there lived a yellow bear named Pooh. He had a cat named Tigger and a law degree from Texas Tech. He was allergic to chocolate. Once upon a time there lived a yellow bear named Pooh. He had a cat named Tigger and a law degree from Texas Tech. He was allergic to chocolate. Less visual complexity Stronger lines
  11. 11. Don’t waste bullets <ul><li>use </li></ul><ul><li>no </li></ul><ul><li>more </li></ul><ul><li>than </li></ul><ul><li>6 </li></ul><ul><li>in a list </li></ul>
  12. 12. Observe the limit <ul><li>25 </li></ul>words per slide max More looks busy
  13. 13. Avoid death by cheese… <ul><li>Weird sound effects </li></ul><ul><li>Most transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Flying text </li></ul><ul><li>Strange animations </li></ul><ul><li>Bad clip-art </li></ul>
  14. 14. Clip-art Hall of Shame
  15. 15. Content is King! <ul><li>Single phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Short lists </li></ul><ul><li>Questions for students </li></ul><ul><li>Quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>

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