How to create presentations that won’t make your audience’s eyes bleed or confuse their brains Powerpoint Design Principles
General principles • The goal is to make it EASY TO READ. • Resist the urge to make it fancy. • Fancy = hard to read • Use white space between element. Don’t try to fill up every inch of the page. • Design for the back of the room (Your whole audience deserves to see your work).
Color • Use high-contrast colors (colors that stand out against each other). • Examples: • black/white • dark blue/light yellow • Know your projector! • Some colors will be different on a projector.
Text (45) • All text on this page shows font sizes: (32) • Use large font sizes for titles. • Use smaller font sizes for captions or body text. (minimum of 16 in most fonts) • Depending on the font name, the letters may be a different size, even if the number is the same.
Graphics (pictures, maps, etc…) • Use borders, white space, or contrasting backgrounds to make graphics stand out. • Include a caption for any graphics. This is a caption. Above is a pretty picture. Captions should use small font sizes.
Transitions & animations • Use subtle transitions and animations. • Keep animations on the same slide the same or very similar • Wow your audience with your ideas, not fancy tricks that distract or disguise your lack of them.
What not to do • This presentation is an example of good design. • See the next slide for an example of what NOT to do.
THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BAD DESIGN. IF I WAS ANY BUSIER, I WOULD HAVE A HEART ATTACK! This is totally FANCY AND AWESOME!!! I LOVE TO MAKE MY TEACHER’S EYES BLEED!!! I TOTALLY WRITE TOO MUCH IN A SMALL SPACE SO IT IS IMPSSIBLE TO READ AND I KEP GOING UNTIL IT IS SO SMALL THAT I NEED A SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE JUST TO SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING ACTUALLY THERE. I MAKE IT MY MISSION IN LIFE TO INCLUDE SO MUCH JUNK THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ACTUALLY READ ANY OF IT WITHOUT BECOMING AN EAGLE-HUMAN MUTANT CROSS_BREED AND INVESTING HEAVILY IN BINOCULARS AND LASER EYE SURGERY.