Design Tip of the Day


Our design tip of the day is brought to you by my online class.  I am grading visual presentations, and I see fonts running rampant all over these slideshows.

Garr Reynolds says, “Fonts communicate subtle messages in and of themselves, which is why you should choose fonts deliberately. Use the same font set throughout your entire slide presentation, and use no more than two complementary fonts (e.g., Arial and Arial Bold)” (Source).  Similarly, Nancy Duarte believes that each font has a personality and we should use one or, at the most, two fonts in a visual presentation (Source).

Use font wisely.  Don’t use 14 fonts in one slideshow (or on one slide as seen above).  Yes, is a fun website, but you don’t have to use all your new downloads in one day in one slideshow.  Since each font has its own personality, save that font for the right time and slideshow so that it can shine.  Remember that Garr Reynolds and Nancy Duarte say that two fonts per slideshow is a general rule of thumb.

Also, remember that you’re creating your Keynote or PowerPoint on your computer where you downloaded the font file.  If you take your slideshow to another computer, the downloaded font will not be there.  Along with your Keynote file, make certain to transport the .TTF font file so you can do a quick install on the computer you’re using to present with.

Thank you to the following fonts (in order of appearance): Happy Killeraaaiight!Taco BoxHeartbreakerAll Over AgainAlbaAdventureGoodMorningAfternoonWaltographCheriTop SecretSwamp WitchSamurai; and Scriptina.