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Yes, PowerPoint Frustrates Us (Episode 34)

First, Nolan makes a big announcement! Then, Troy, Sandy and Nolan discuss "Frustration: [fra'-str-ay-shun], the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something." That is the official definition of Frustration, and it definitely describes the feelings presentation designers experience, often on a daily basis, when working in PowerPoint. Yes, even our favorite presentation software frustrates us, and this afternoon Troy, Nolan and Sandy are just venting a little. Read More
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How To Be A Good Design Client (Episode 32)

Being a good client to your designer has many benefits. Because design projects are not all about the client. They are also not all about the designer. Design projects to be successful require both client and designer interaction to create the final deliverable. A successful project requires both the client and designer to create the final deliverable. Today's conversation is about an often unspoken topic that hopefully designers, and design clients, find valuable. Read More
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What Makes a Real PowerPoint Template Real (Episode 31)

PowerPoint templates are a real thing, not a collection of slides. A real template is an aide to everyone by establishing styling options, consistency parameters, and presets to make design time faster. Troy, Nolan, Sandy have an in-depth conversation about what makes a template a template, with plenty of tips and best practices, and why a real template has tremendous value. Read More
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Windows 10 Fluent Design and the Future of Presentation Design (Episode 30)

Microsoft has just started releasing its next update to the Windows Operating System, called "The Creators Update". Looking at the details available, the new aesthetic styling system, labelled "The Fluent Design System" has some exciting ideas that will hopefully carry over into the presentation design world. It is called the "Microsoft" Fluent Design System, which implies it will not be limited to the Operating System, but the new styling and aesthetics will carry over into every app and feature. Read More
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Typography, Part 2 (Episode 26)

Welcome to Round 2 of our discussion on typography, how it applies to layout, design, and professional presentation PowerPoint slides. For this episode Nolan and Troy are joined by are joined by the very talented graphic design lead, and co-founder of TLC Creative Services, Inc., Lori Chollar. Read More
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What is the Page Size of 16×9? (Episode 25)

For print design, if a client says they need a letter size piece or a client in Europe says the project needs to be A1, we know exactly the dimensions. With PowerPoint, the page size is not always clear or consistent. Part of the issue is that aspect ratio does not equate to a physical dimension and another part is that PowerPoint has updated page sizes and has confusing options. In today's episode, Troy, Nolan, and Sandy talk in-depth about page size options for presentation projects. Read More