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Example “Good Slides” for a CHI Paper Presentation. Joshua B. Gross, Penn State | [email protected] Straightforward Overview. Purpose/value statement Principles of a good slide presentation Example good slides Conclusion - good slides are a good start to a good presentation

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Example “Good Slides” for a CHI Paper Presentation

Joshua B. Gross, Penn State | [email protected]


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Straightforward Overview

  • Purpose/value statement

  • Principles of a good slide presentation

  • Example good slides

  • Conclusion - good slides are a good start to a good presentation

  • Acknowledgements


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Statement of Purpose/Value

  • A good presentation starts with a statement of the value of the work

    • Why should people care?

    • Why should they hear your talk?

    • What contribution have you made?

  • This information is probably in your abstract, but should be distilled for the slide


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Presenting Background Work

  • Don’t try to present all the background

    • Just one or two really crucial elements

    • The CHI audience is broad, so briefly describe

    • Examples follow

  • Participatory Design

    • The theory and practice of involving users at some or all stages of design

  • Semiotics

    • A theory of how systems of symbols (like a language) communicate ideas


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Citing Prior Work

  • It may be beneficial to cite prior work

    • It should be important and relevant

  • Use this style (Simon, H. A., 1975)

  • Often, this is used to give your audience a perspective

    • “Participatory design (Nardi, B. A., 1993)”

      is not the same as

    • “Participatory design (Bodker, S., 2000)”


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Visual Design

  • The pre-packaged Powerpoint slides are ugly.

  • A plain background is not ugly.

  • If you aren’t a graphic designer, don’t try to be :-)

  • Simple, Consistent, and Legible.



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Presenting Data

  • Use simple charts/graphs, with (ideally) one main point per chart/graph

    • Don’t try to jam too much data in your graph

  • Labels x and y axis, and units

  • Use a title that clearly explains the idea you are trying to get across



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Graphs and Charts, Part 2 and Gamma in the Morning

  • Don’t just accept defaults from Excel

    • Colors (including background) may need to be changed

    • Axis dimensions and scale can be changed

  • Make sure text is big enough

  • Move legend to where it is most useful

  • Make sure colors & background are visible on a projection display


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Acronyms and Gamma in the Morning

  • Acronyms are dangerous

    • Example: ERP

    • Does it mean Enterprise Resources Planner

      • Large-scale corporate planning software

    • Or does it mean Event-Related Potential

      • Reactions measure via electroencephalograph

  • Always spell out acronyms at first use

    • E.g. Event-Related Potential (ERP)

    • One safe exception - HCI!


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Slang and Colloquialisms and Gamma in the Morning

  • Avoid slang and colloquialisms if at all possible

    • CHI is an English-language conference

    • 2 billion people speak English

    • Lots of dialect and regionality

  • Make your message clear to people who speak English as a second language

    • Or third, or fourth…


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Future Work and Gamma in the Morning

  • You may want to talk about future work

    • Work you intend to do

    • Work you may have already done

  • It’s been up to six months since you submitted your paper

    • What direction is the work taking

    • What do you see as the major next hurdle or accomplishment


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Summary and Acknowledgements and Gamma in the Morning

  • Summarize your major contributions

    • Good slides are the basis of a good talk

    • Assume a broad audience at CHI

    • Make sure your content is readable

    • Stop on your summary slide - this is useful for your audience

  • Acknowledgements

    • Funding

    • People

  • Include your contact information


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Answering Questions and Gamma in the Morning

  • An advanced tip is to have a few slides ready for questions you anticipate

    • You won’t always have one for each question asked, and you may not use them, but they can be handy

  • This is a useful place to put additional/supporting data, references, etc.


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