Creating Effective Presentation


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Some tips to help create the right visual impact with presentations.

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Creating Effective Presentation

  1. 1. creating effective presentations divya vijay ramamurthi
  2. 2. contents <ul><li>templates </li></ul><ul><li>fonts </li></ul><ul><li>colours </li></ul><ul><li>composition </li></ul>
  3. 3. templates <ul><li>keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>too many design elements are a distraction </li></ul><ul><li>if unsure, start without a template and add design elements/colour at the end </li></ul>
  4. 4. fonts <ul><li>sans serif fonts like arial, helvetica, and calibri are more readable </li></ul><ul><li>sans serif fonts are easier to read even from a distance </li></ul><ul><li>avoid serif fonts like times new roman – their ‘serifs’ can be a distraction </li></ul><ul><li>use serif fonts only for headers </li></ul>
  5. 5. fonts <ul><li>ideal font sizes are between 25 and 45 point </li></ul><ul><li>avoid all caps – they are hardest to read </li></ul><ul><li>to highlight a point, either box it, or ‘bold’ it </li></ul><ul><li>don’t use more than 2 fonts on a slide. bold and regular are counted as two fonts. </li></ul>
  6. 6. colour light colours on dark backgrounds might be easier to read, but cause reader fatigue sooner. try and limit this combination to headers dark colours on lighter backgrounds (high contrasts) are the kindest on the reader. use this combination for body text
  7. 7. colour <ul><li>if you must use colour, use combinations that lie opposite on the colour wheel. e.g. yellow on blue and vice versa </li></ul><ul><li>colours too close on the colour wheel strain the eye e.g red on orange, orange on yellow </li></ul><ul><li>try not to use red and green as up to 10% of your audience might be colour blind and can’t distinguish between the two </li></ul><ul><li>try to use darker colours on lighter backgrounds to avoid reader fatigue </li></ul>
  8. 8. colour <ul><li>use colour to call out sections, emphasize a point and for headers </li></ul><ul><li>light grey, pale yellow, pale blue and white make for the most effective background colours </li></ul><ul><li>avoid using light green, light blue, yellow and pink for text. they are associated with playfulness. </li></ul><ul><li>blue is hardest for the eye to see. avoid blue for thin lines, small shapes and text. blue is best used as a background. </li></ul><ul><li>too many contrasting colours on a slide causes fatigue </li></ul>
  9. 9. composition <ul><li>a slide should ideally not have more than 2 titles </li></ul><ul><li>follow the 6 x 6 rule for least distraction from your speech </li></ul><ul><li>6 points to a slide </li></ul><ul><li>6 words to each point </li></ul><ul><li>limit punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>anymore and your audience spends more time reading and less time listening to you </li></ul>
  10. 10. composition <ul><li>when reading the eye follows a ‘z’ pattern </li></ul><ul><li>justify all text left </li></ul><ul><li>make the header relevant, keep the most important points at the top and bottom </li></ul><ul><li>the brain processes images better when on the left </li></ul><ul><li>use solid colours for pie-charts and bargraphs </li></ul>