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Design Tips for PowerPoint. 1 st –– Backgrounds – Templates Best fonts Bullets –– 6 is max Content is king! Words on a slide –– 25 or less Images –– key Content and layout provided by Professor Keri Stephens. A picture is worth a thousand words. PowerPoint more visual than written.

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design tips for powerpoint
Design Tips for PowerPoint
  • 1st –– Backgrounds – Templates
  • Best fonts
  • Bullets –– 6 is max
  • Content is king!
  • Words on a slide –– 25 or less
  • Images –– key

Content and layout provided by Professor Keri Stephens

slide2

A picture isworth athousand words

PowerPoint morevisual

than written

slide3

PowerPoint rules

Templates &

colorschemes

pick a good template
Pick a good template
  • Match the mood
  • Look professional
  • Don’t get the blues
    • medium blues
    • navy blue OK
bluesy templates yikes
Bluesy templates – yikes!

Azure

Bluediagonal

Lock & key

Soaring

slide6

Use high contrast colors

GOOD

GOOD

GOOD

Brightondark

Darkonbright

EVIL

EVIL

EVIL

why high contrast
Why high-contrast?
  • Your PC screen is hi-res
    • everything looks great
    • don’t trust it!
  • big displays “wash out” colors
  • always TEST on final equipment
  • alter template’s defaults as needed
see for yourself
See for yourself
  • Which line is easier to read?
  • Which line is easier to read?

Which line is easier to read?

Which line is easier to read?

be font savvy
Serifbad

Times New Roman

New York

Courier

Sans serifgood

Arial

Arial Black

Futura

Tahoma

Be font savvy
which is easier to read
Which is easier to read?

Lessvisualcomplexity

Strongerlines

Once upon a time there lived a yellow bear

named Pooh. He had a cat named Tigger and

a law degree from Texas Tech. He was

allergic to chocolate.

Once upon a time there lived a yellow bear

named Pooh. He had a cat named Tigger and

a law degree from Texas Tech. He was

allergic to chocolate.

don t waste bullets
Don’t waste bullets
  • use
  • no
  • more
  • than
  • 6
  • in a list
observe the limit
Observe the limit

25

More

looksbusy

words per slidemax

avoid death by cheese
Weird sound effects

Most transitions

Flying text

Strange animations

Bad clip-art

Avoid death by cheese…
content is king
Single phrases

Short lists

Quotes

Photographs

Video

Content is King!
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