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What’s On the Bookshelf? (Episode 14)

Books, whether traditional print or digital, provide entertainment, education, ideas and more. Troy, Nolan and Sandy gathered many of their favorite books that they have read over the years of being professional designers for their own book club discussion focused on presentations, design, business and random inspiration. Read More
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Where Do You Get Your Images For Presentations? (Episode 13)

Visual Communication is how we summarize the core offering of TLC Creative Services. For us, that encompasses anything that is seen: words, photos, iconography, video, on slides, print pieces, billboards, trade show large format displays, webpages and HTML email campaigns. Today, we decided to jump into the murky waters of images - what images are legal to use, what are our favorite resources for images, and what are some design tips for using images in a presentation. Read More
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Agency Work (Episode 12)

Nolan, Troy and Sandy talk about the world of presentations and how it intersects with creative agencies - both in terms of agencies creating presentations in-house for their own purposes and selling presentation design to clients. Read More
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What is the Best Font Size? (Episode 11)

Listing what size font to use is a classic presentation 'rule' that is never really agreed upon or followed when it is set. This episode we talk about our guidelines for font size, including when to follow a font size rule, why a font size specification is difficult to turn into a rule and some tips for what everyone should consider with font sizes and presentation design. Read More
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Adobe Techniques in PowerPoint (Episode 10)

In the beginning - of digital presentation design - all apps were extremely limited in their editing capabilities. But things have improved and it is amazing what can be designed direct inside PowerPoint. For this podcast episode, Troy, Nolan and Sandra talk about how they accomplish many "Adobe design techniques" directly inside PowerPoint. Read More
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This is Where I Design (Episode 9)

The 4th of July weekend is the height of summer, at least here in the States, and this time everyone has a bit more relaxed episode to go with the mellow summer attitude. Troy, Sandy and Nolan are talking about their design studios, typical work schedule, novelties they have gathered for inspiration and of course presentation design. You are invited into their studios for a chat and tour! Read More
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Faster & Better Design with PowerPoint Add-ins (Episode 8)

PowerPoint desktop has always had the ability to run 3rd party add-ins to expand its tool set and capabilities. Nolan, Troy and Sandy talk about what add-ins they have installed, real-world examples of when they are used, and tips & tricks for better and faster presentation design Read More
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Do Bullets Kill An Audience? (Episode 7)

Do bullet points can kill an audience? In Episode #7 we discuss the problem that the misuse of presentation software can cause and more importantly, what our audiences can do to overcome this deadly pitfall. Read More
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Print-only Presentations (Episode 6)

PowerPoint was initially created to replace overhead transparencies and 35mm slides; that's why we still call each page a slide. PowerPoint is also used as a layout and desktop publishing tool. PowerPoint can, and should, be used as a tool for creating documents and print-only presentations that will never be projected. Read More
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Oh, Font (Episode 5)

Oh font! Microsoft standard fonts, Adobe Creative Cloud Type Kit, Google Web Fonts, custom fonts from websites - what is a presentation to use? Will a font work on a Mac, Windows, iOS, or Web app presentation? What are the advantages, and pitfalls, of using custom fonts. Are Microsoft Office fonts safe to use, can you use Mac OS fonts everywhere? Troy, Nolan and Sandra have a great discussion on best practices for font use in presentations. Read More