I love this infographic’s use of shapes. With lots of empty space and a clean, elegant style, the reader can easily understand the meaning of the data visualization.
For the past six months, I’ve been writing articles for the Full Sail University blog and student/instructor platform: Connect. ”Why You Need A Visual Resume: Part One” ran last week, and I’d love to share the follow up with you today:
A strong visual presentation displays unity through the repetition of multiple elements such as text, images, shapes. A color palette is also important to the unity of a Keynote or PowerPoint because the color palette shows a cohesive relationship between slides. Sometimes, slide designers feel creatively challenged when it comes to color. How can I create an effective color palette? What colors go well together? Do these colors go well with my content? A few important websites can help us answer these questions.
Design Seeds is my favorite color palette website. An image is the starting point, and from that image, a palette of colors is created. A slide designer can use a palette from Design Seeds in his or her Keynote presentations.
I’ve created an example of something you might see on Design Seeds:
On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, my students are learning how to design more effective slideshows. I love this brand new deck by Slide Comet, and many of these lessons are essential for my students:
What I liked most about the deck was the clear, thorough explanation of the five different approaches: the Takahashi method; the Kawasaki method; the Lessig method; the Godin method; and the Jobs method. I am dying to redesign my “visual design” lessons to include more types of visual design with my students so that they can select the slideshow they need to create based upon their audience; their purpose; and their content. In August when Fall classes begin, I plan to incorporate the Slide Comet deck into my lectures so that students have a more clear sense of their options.
Which slide design method do you use most often? Do you change your approach depending upon your audience, or do you stick to one method no matter what type of speech you are delivering?
The summer term begins tomorrow evening… and that means the end of reading for pleasure. My new 20 pound textbook arrived in the mail earlier this week, and after browsing the first few chapters, I know I’m going to have to spend the next twelve weeks forcing myself to read. Don’t you hate it when the fun is sucked out of reading?
Fortunately, blogs and websites give me short and sweet nuggets of information to carry with me throughout the week! This week, I was happy to read about the new Duarte brand story as well as another important “stop boring your audience” reminder from Garr Reynolds…
Diandra Macias explains the Duarte brand story in “New Building, New Brand,” explaining that the idea for a whole new look came when the company moved into a new building. Macias talks us through the process of how the logo was redesigned explaining color, font, and style, and she shares a 13-second video featuring the old and then new look.
“No excuse for boring an audience: Advice on giving technical presentations” by Garr Reynolds highlights the importance of an engaging message. Reynolds highlights five books that focus on technical presentations specifically, and he points out an article from 1985 written by Jay H. Lehr. ”Let There Be Stoning!” is a terrific examination of public speaking and presentation, and a free copy is available online here.
Last, but not least, is Joshua Johnson’s “10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck.” The article contains advice to help the novice slide designer create a more effective Keynote or PowerPoint. My favorite advice was Tip #5: Watch Your Readability! I’ve always wanted a more concrete way to tie in “shapes,” and “skinny bar”/”fat bar” will help me teach this to my students more effectively.
What great articles have you been reading this week?
For the past six months, I’ve been writing articles for the Full Sail University blog and student/instructor platform: Connect. ”Why You Need A Visual Resume: Part One” debuted today, and I’d love to share it with you:
Please click here to read my article on the Full Sail University blog.
Chiara Ojeda’s “Simple Design” series debuted on Slideshare earlier this year, and she is breaking down each piece on her blog. Read the introduction and first post of the simple design series here.
The “I” in simple is all about simplicity and displaying one idea per slide. To read Chiara’s second blog post in the Simple Design series, please click here.
Have you made the decision to join the presentation revolution? How do you work to design simple slides?
Have you seen Brad Frost’s “Death To Bullshit” yet?! It’s incredibly interesting but also beautifully designed. Check out the startling statistics on slides 8, 22, and 38-39.
What did you find the most interesting about Frost’s Slideshare presentation?
Earlier this week, I Tweeted about an infographic by MeganJett called “Burbs Going Bust.” Arthur Delaney’s “Poverty Stalks The Suburbs” is an article that can help frame the infographic. Not only is the information incredibly interesting, but the design is gorgeous.
Check out more of MeganJett’s work here.