Title of Presentation Presenter Name1, Coauthor Name2, Coauthor Name1,2, and Coauthor Name2 1 Affiliation One2 Affiliation Two
Outline • Slide Format • Title Slide • Font Size • Presentation Guidelines • Presentation Flow • Text Slides • Graphs and Diagrams • Saving • Uploading
Slide Format Requirements • Slides must be sized for Letter Paper(8.5 in x 11 in), with 0.5 in margins. • Slides should not be sized for A4 Paper. • Slides should not be sized for 35 mm Slides. • Slide orientation must be Landscape (horizontal).
Slide Format Rules • Corporate and institutional logos are not permitted, except on the title slide. • Corporate and institutional backgrounds and borders are not permitted. • Backgrounds must be white. • Text, lines, and shape outlines must be dark. • Text fonts must be appropriate for screen display. • Recommended font: Trebuchet MS • Reasonable alternatives include: Arial and Verdana.
Title Slide Requirements • Title slide must include: • title of presentation, • names and affiliations of all authors, and • full name of presenter. • Full name of presenter must be underlined. • Superscripts may be used to indicate individual author affiliations.
Font Size Rules • Title font size must be ≥ 32 pt. • Primary text font size must be ≥ 28 pt. • Secondary text font size must be ≥ 24 pt. • All other text font size should be ≥ 24 pt, unless a smaller font is absolutely necessary. • Font sizes (including labels on diagrams & graphs) must always be ≥ 20 pt.
Guidelines for Effective Presentations • Keep concepts as simple as possible. • Limit each slide to one main idea. • Use several simple diagrams rather than one complex diagram. • Use equations only if concepts cannot be clearly explained without equations. • Use duplicate copies of slides that will be used more than once during the presentation. • Do not plan to go back to a slide during the presentation. • Rehearse the presentation aloud, preferably in front of a group of colleagues.
Presentation Flow • Title Slide • Outline Slide (outline of the presentation, not the paper) • Introduction, Motivation, Problems or Challenges • Details of Work • Comparison of Results with Previously Reported Work • Conclusion Slide • Backup Slide(s) (for potential use during question & answer period)
Text Slides • Use short phrases, not long sentences. • Slides with lots of words are hard for the audience to assimilate. • Minimize the number of words on text slides. Unless necessary: • Use no more than 30 words per slide, and • Use no more than 6 lines of text per slide.
Graphs and Diagrams • Simple line drawings are often best. • Make all lines sufficiently thick. • Dotted, dashed, and other specialty lines should be very bold and thick. • Fonts within graphs and diagrams should be ≥ 24 pt. • Often, graphs imported from other applications (ex: Matlab) have small fonts & thin lines. • Adjust settings of the applications to increase font size and line thickness, or • Import data and produce graphs using PowerPoint.
Example of Bad Figure Thin Lines, Small Fonts
Saving your File • Embed TrueType fonts in your file • Click on “File”, “Save As”, “Tools”, “Embed True Type Fonts”, or • Click on “File”, “Save As”, and check “Embed True Type” • Save your file with the name pattern • XSpP.pptx (PowerPoint) or XSpP.pdf (PDF) • X: Symposium, Technology (T) or Circuits (C) • S: Session number • P: Paper number • Examples: • T2p4.pptx (Technology Symposium, Session 2, Paper 4) • C2p4.pptx (Circuits Symposium, Session 2, Paper 4)
Uploading your Presentation • Bring an electronic copy of your presentation to the VLSI Symposia using either • USB Thumb Drive, or • CD ROM. • Upload your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room at least one day prior to your session. • Review your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room to verify that the presentation displays properly using VLSI Symposia computers.