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This slide show takes the user on a quest to create better presentations. It is inspired by the era of classic rpgs and 8-bit gaming. All art work was designed (yes, even the pixel art) and arranged in Keynote 09.
Hello traveller, you seem restless. I sense that youare on a journey to find enlightenment. If prowess inpresentation is what you seek, you came to the rightplace.Would you like me to tell you about presentations? Yes No
Very well then. First you need to clear your mind.What is it that you seek? Each presentation is notalike. Create a one-slide-fits-all solution Create visual aids for oral presentation
Indeed. The medium that you intend to use dictatesthe design process. Rules that apply to one settingneed not apply to the other.If you understand this basic premise you are readyto move on to the next level of presentation design.
Before you start thinking of slides, you need to knowwhere you want to go. What information you want toconvey to your audience.
BA StartSo come up with a structure to guide your audience tothat information. Make it a story, or a pattern thathelps them „get it“.
Chapter Three - PuttingInformation on Your Slides
Text is probably the ﬁrst thing people think of to puton a slide. That does not make it the best choice noris composing and designing text trivial. Writing andTypography are artforms in their own right. Best tokeep it simple then.When you are using text in a presentation youshould choose a font that is easy to read. Make sureit contrasts well with the background. Rememberthat it needs to be big enough to be read from afar.• Never ever this.
Text is probably the ﬁrst thing people think of to put on a slide. That does not make it the best choice nor is composing and designing text trivial. Writing and Typography are artforms in their own right. Best to keep it simple then. When you are using text in a presentation you should choose a font that is easy to read. Make sure it contrasts well with the background. Remember that it needs to be big enough to be read from afar.Use text sparingly! Your audience can only processone type of language input at a time. Whenever they •read Never ever this. they do not listen to you!
Photos! Make sure that you only use images thatspecifically add to the meaning of what you aresaying. If they are only remotely related, youraudience will marvel at them or ponder about theminstead of your message.
If you do think that your image is worth a thousandwords, let it shine. Pick the highest quality and haveit take up the whole screen.
Wow, must be Label Label important ScaleMake sure your data is easy to comprehend. Visualizeit as plainly as you can. When time is of the essence,you cannot afford to have your audience strugglewith irrelevant information.
Evil Adversary Mercy Skill Hate Resistant to: shock Weak spot: shoulderYou know, just like with those random battles. Goodthing you have learned how to react in a pinch.
Chapter Four - PuttingMeaning in Your Presentation
To have the meaning of your message carry over toyour audience, you need to put everything together,your speech and your visual cues.
BA StartUse a content scheme like a story or a recognizeablepattern to create coherence in your message. Thenstart designing slides to match your delivery.
BA Start C ontrast information that should stand out. R epeat design elements to establish coherence. A lign all visual content to add cohesiveness. P roximity of items that bundle information.Use a design scheme of fonts and colors to arrangethe visual cues on your slides in a meaningful way.
BA Start C ontrast information that should stand out. R epeat design elements to establish coherence. A lign all visual content to add cohesiveness. P roximity of items that bundle information.Use a little bling to wow your audience. But never letthe message that you took the effort to shine upyour presentation outshine the message of yourpresentation.
If you use the skills you learned in your quest so far,you should be ready to continue on your own now. Aslong as you remember that there is still much to learnyou will do fine. I have but one final word of advicefor you to remember when you design your slides...
Jakob Jochmann is exploring meaning in communication.He develops frameworks to streamline the transfer ofinformation. Apart from dabbling in semantics and the socialfacets of media he has a penchant for design andpresentations.Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @jochmannWeb: blog.jochmann.me