PowerPoint Design Principles

What I’ve Been Reading:


A few months back, I gave a presentation on Moodle to the teachers in my school. In this post, I’m going to look back at that presentation and evaluate it using some of the guidelines Reynolds gives us in the two articles above.

Note to Self:
Insert link here to presentation.
Here’s a link to the presentation.
In fact, no, I’m going to embed it.
Nope, not working. Here’s a link to the presentation.

Don’t use templates.
This is one of the first tips he gives us.

But what does this mean? What exactly is a template? I did use a built-in style on this presentation – does that count as a template?

Well, after playing around with PowerPoint, I discovered that templates aren’t styles and styles aren’t templates.

It appears that templates are ready to go presentations – all you need to do is add the content and delete the slides you don’t need.

So, for the time being, my presentation’s in the clear.

Enjoying the Sunshine

Don’t make the text difficult to read.
Well, this is one guideline that I think my presentation follows pretty well.

I’m pretty sure it was back in university that I learnt about the importance of contrast in interface design – colour contrast is what I mean. And ever since then it’s been a design principle I think about when creating basically anything on the computer.

The contrast of the bright orange and white against the dark grey would have been one of the major reasons I chose this particular style.

Avoid three-dimensional charts.
My presentation doesn’t have any three-dimensional charts. In fact, it doesn’t have any pictures at all. None. Just text. I’m wondering what Reynolds’ take on this would be?

I have a feeling that good presentations, just like good blog posts, should always have a couple of images to break up the text.

But what if you can’t find any good images? Is a presentation with no images better than a presentation with poor images?

Anyway, it’s something to remember for next time.

Use declarative sentences at the top of each slide.
This is something I definitely didn’t do.

The fourth slide in the presentation has the title “Facts and Figures” (not the most creative title I know) and deals with the usage statistics of Moodle.

A more appropriate title for the slide might have been something like “49,952 schools and companies are using Moodle.”

Again, something to remember for next time.

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