Conversation with Mike Parkinson & Tom Howell (Episode 42)

This episode enjoy an amazing conversation with Tom Howell of Synapsis Creative, Mike Parkinson of Billion Dollar Graphics, Nolan Haims of Nolan Haims Creative and Troy Chollar of TLC Creative Services. Recorded at the 2017 Presentation Summit, our conversation covers a range of topics from design projects to studio policies to if our University degree applies to our career!

Presenter Notes (Episode 41)

Presenter Notes: what are they, are they needed, what is the best way to create them, where is the best place to create them? So many questions for such a useful presentation tool. Yes, there are less helpful ways of creating, formatting and using Presenter Notes. No, there is no perfect way to create, format or use Presenter Notes. Troy, Nolan and Sandy share their notes about using Presenter Notes.

Mistakes We Have Made (Episode 40)

Life, and being a professional, is a matter of learning from experiences – and sometimes those experiences are mistakes. Join in on a design studio conversation full of business mistakes seen, been a part of, or possibly created.

The Presenters Gather at the 2017 Presentation Summit Conference! (Episode 39)

We brought our portable podcast-in-a-box to 2017 Presentation Summit conference. This great conference is focused on the Presentation Industry and gave us the opportunity record this special episode with over a dozen presentation experts gathered around a table for a rambling conversation about presentation design trends, PowerPoint hacks, and more!

Alternatives to PowerPoint (Episode 38)

To “PowerPoint” is a verb in both corporate and education circles, which speaks to the dominance of Microsoft PowerPoint in the presentation industry – and that is not a bad thing as Microsoft continues to evolve the software. But there are other options in use, all with high points and advantages. Troy, Sandy and Nolan spend this episode reviewing the ones they know are out there and use for projects.

Do You know About The Presentation Guild?! (Episode 36)

Join Troy, Sandy and Echo as they talk about the Presentation Guild; its history, offerings, and special side conversation about how the Presentation Summit started as well as how the Presentation Guild and Presentation Summit are very separate entities.

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.

Just Talking About Animation (Episode 33)

Join Troy, Sandy and Nolan for a conversation about PowerPoint animation; likes, dislikes, uses, wishes, tips & tricks to adding animation to presentation projects.

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.

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.

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.

What Else Do You Use PowerPoint For? (Episode 29)

What Else Do You Use PowerPoint For? Show Notes – Episode #29 Summary PowerPoint is an amazingly versatile application. The core focus of the application is on presentation slides, but it is used for so…

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.

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.

Archiving Projects (Episode 24)

A client from 1, 2, or 8 years ago asks for a few revisions to that incredible presentation you developed for them years ago. But they no longer have the files – do you? Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about their studio processes for archiving project files, what they let clients know are done with project files, and some of their project archiving best practices.

Typography & Typesetting in PowerPoint (Episode 23)

Typography principles are half of the design equation, and should apply to developing slides, but often does not. This time Troy, Sandy and Nolan weigh in on many geeky typography and text topics. Typography, as defined on Wikipedia, is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed – a great description for how should be treated when added to slides!