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Best Practices for Creating Slide Decks

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Designing slide decks for online courses and presentations.

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Best Practices for Creating Slide Decks

  1. 1. BEST PRACTICES FOR DESIGNING SLIDE DECKS
  2. 2. LAYOUT & DESIGN TIPS
  3. 3. Use wide screen slides More space! (16:9)
  4. 4. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read. Don’t include your whole presentation on one slide. Your audience didn’t come to read.
  5. 5. Planning the presentation • Start with the takeaway • What do you want your audience to remember, feel, or ACT upon? • Then focus on • WHO is your audience • Talk to someone in your audience for feedback • WHY do they care • Your challenge: How to get them to care • STORIES • " We all love stories. We're born for them. Stories affirm who we are. We all want affirmations that our lives have meaning. And nothing does a greater affirmation than when we connect through stories.” - Andrew Stanton • Make your message stick • simplicity • unexpectedness • concreteness • credibility • emotion
  6. 6. Planning the presentation • Start with the takeaway • What do you want your audience to remember, feel, or ACT upon? • Then focus on • WHO is your audience • Talk to someone in your audience for feedback • WHY do they care • Your challenge: How to get them to care • STORIES • " We all love stories. We're born for them. Stories affirm who we are. We all want affirmations that our lives have meaning. And nothing does a greater affirmation than when we connect through stories.” - Andrew Stanton • Make your message stick • simplicity • unexpectedness • concreteness • credibility • emotion No….
  7. 7. WHY?
  8. 8. It’s too much information to take in
  9. 9. INSTEAD…
  10. 10. document slide Try to stick to one idea per slide
  11. 11. If including multiple points on one slide, keep bullets limited in length and quantity • Point one • Point two • Point three
  12. 12. If your slide is starting to get long…
  13. 13. break it up into multiple slides. If your slide is starting to get long…
  14. 14. COPY & PASTE supporting points into a new slide
  15. 15. LIKE THIS! COPY & PASTE supporting points into a new slide
  16. 16. So your audience stays with you LIKE THIS! COPY & PASTE supporting points into a new slide
  17. 17. As long as the essential information is included, it doesn’t matter how long you slide deck is
  18. 18. Use white space
  19. 19. It calls attention to the important points you’re making Use white space
  20. 20. Your slide design DOES NOT NEED to be fancy
  21. 21. Simplicity is best.
  22. 22. Use a consistent color palette
  23. 23. TYPOGRAPHY TIPS
  24. 24. Don’t use more than 1 or 2 fonts
  25. 25. Easy to read typefaces… Serif Sans serifOR
  26. 26. Decorative ScriptOR Not as easy to read…
  27. 27. Vary font weights
  28. 28. Vary font weights and sizes
  29. 29. Vary font weights to emphasize key takeaways and sizes
  30. 30. Make sure text is large enough to read ESPECIALLY FOR SMALLER SCREENS
  31. 31. Recommended font sizes* Header text - 90pt Body text - 70pt
  32. 32. Recommended font sizes* *Think of these as a baseline. Adjust sizes as needed to fit your content! Header text - 90pt Body text - 70pt
  33. 33. IMAGE TIPS
  34. 34. Images can be full size…
  35. 35. or only part of the slide.
  36. 36. Always make sure the text is readable on full screen images.
  37. 37. Always make sure the text is readable on full screen images. Here are a few ways to do that…
  38. 38. ONE
  39. 39. Choose an image with plenty of white space
  40. 40. TWO
  41. 41. Add the text on top of a solid colored shape
  42. 42. THREE
  43. 43. 1. Add a colored rectangle on top of the image Reduce the opacity of the rectangle so the image peeks through, but the text is legible 2.
  44. 44. FIND GREAT PHOTOS AT unsplash.com pexels.com
  45. 45. do this! CAN you
  46. 46. You DO NOT need to be a designer to implement these tips!
  47. 47. TO MAKE YOUR SLIDE DECKS, USE PowerPoint Keynote Google Slides
  48. 48. OR
  49. 49. FIND PRE-MADE, EDITABLE TEMPLATES AT creativemarket.com canva.com
  50. 50. HAVE FUN!

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