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Clean Up Your Mess

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Slides from my talk at ResearchED Scotland on Saturday 28 September.

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Clean Up Your Mess

  1. 1. Hello Dollar you look nice
  2. 2. Clean Up Your Mess ResearchEd Scotland
  3. 3. Clean Up Your Mess Influences Mistakes So what? Clean Up
  4. 4. Influences
  5. 5. Terry and Gerry
  6. 6. Massimo Vignelli The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.
  7. 7. Mistakes
  8. 8. Clutter
  9. 9. What should I focus on?
  10. 10. By now you have started to read the text to yourself and as a result of this, will pay little to no attention to what I am actually saying. Worse still, if all I do is start to read this out you’ll be getting bored and will want to move on. By this stage you’ve finished reading it, and will now fidget, check your phone etc. Despite the fact that we all know this to be the case, we still persist with text-heavy slides that are read out to the audience.
  11. 11. Now imagine what it’s like for a poor reader.
  12. 12. Slow Animations Really Really Really Bug your audience.
  13. 13. Just because you can use an animation does not mean that you have to.
  14. 14. So What?
  15. 15. Dieter Rams There is no longer room for irrelevant things. We have no longer got the resources. Irrelevance is out.
  16. 16. This is the first line. This is the second. This is the third.
  17. 17. Waste of time Distracts pupils Adds to cognitive load
  18. 18. Clean Up
  19. 19. You
  20. 20. don’t
  21. 21. need
  22. 22. everything
  23. 23. on
  24. 24. the
  25. 25. one
  26. 26. slide.
  27. 27. Images can have more impact.
  28. 28. The right image can have even more impact.
  29. 29. We can even determine where the audience will look.
  30. 30. https://tinyurl.com/y2cbsvop
  31. 31. Tips
  32. 32. purple blue green yellow red red purple green yellow blue blue yellow green red purple yellow blue green red purple
  33. 33. purple blue green yellow red red purple green yellow blue blue yellow green red purple yellow blue green red purple
  34. 34. https://www.tacpro.com.au/tactile-colour-contrast
  35. 35. Alignment
  36. 36. First By now you have started to read the text to yourself and as a result of this, will pay little to no attention to what I am actually saying. Second Worse still, if all I do is start to read this out you’ll be getting bored and will want to move on. By this stage you’ve finished reading it, and will now fidget, check your phone etc. Third Despite the fact that we all know this to be the case, we still persist with text-heavy slides that are read out to the audience.
  37. 37. First By now you have started to read the text to yourself and as a result of this, will pay little to no attention to what I am actually saying. Second Worse still, if all I do is start to read this out you’ll be getting bored and will want to move on. By this stage you’ve finished reading it, and will now fidget, check your phone etc.
  38. 38. Third Despite the fact that we all know this to be the case, we still persist with text-heavy slides that are read out to the audience.
  39. 39. Content
  40. 40. Slide text gets read. It’s boring. You do it anyway. Stop it.
  41. 41. Be more Gerry Be less Terry
  42. 42. Gayle Gorman added: “The reason for saying thank you could be for a number of reasons, from helping your child settle in, last year’s class teacher, helping you though a difficult time or for helping you when you were struggling. But it is important that we take time to recognise the hard work of teachers across Scotland and I would encourage people to get involved in this campaign to let teachers know just how much they are appreciated.” https://education.gov.scot/news-and-events/news/thank-a-teacher-campaign-launched-in-scotland
  43. 43. Fonts
  44. 44. I. BuryEm Funeral Services
  45. 45. Bozo! Children’s Party Clown for Hire
  46. 46. 30 pt minimum
  47. 47. 80 pt
  48. 48. 140 pt
  49. 49. Change the s p a c i n g for effect
  50. 50. FLICK
  51. 51. It’s not more readable.
  52. 52. No thanks for visiting COMIC SANS Time to leave it behind
  53. 53. Use a grid.
  54. 54. Help?
  55. 55. visualmess.com
  56. 56. @bobbylack
  57. 57. Fight against the ugliness.
  58. 58. Thank you.
  59. 59. @robfmac robfmac.com

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