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!

Our Favorite Animations (Episode 22)

PowerPoint has lots of great features for adding motion to static content through animations and transitions. Overall PowerPoint presentations are known for animation, and knowing that animation is used by everyone from elementary age students to professional designers says a lot about the functional design of PowerPoint as an animation application. Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about good use of animation, some favorite animation effects, and what they see for the future of PowerPoint’s animation capabilities.

Video and PowerPoint (Episode 21)

First was words, then images, now video. Presentation design has changed and today our hosts Troy, Nolan, and Sandy talk about using video in PowerPoint – tips and tricks for video in PowerPoint – using PowerPoint as the video creation app – from technical to design, this is a great conversation covering a lot of topics all about video and PowerPoint.

Holiday Edition (Episode 20)

This is the year-end episode of The Presentation Podcast for 2016 and our hosts fill the hour with holiday related conversation on presentation design, some gift ideas, and plenty of holiday cheer!

Data Viz and Presentations (Episode 19)

Today Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about the big topic of Data Visualization, or Data Viz, which has countless ways of displaying data on slides. Every presentation designer is using Data Viz techniques, without necessarily knowing it, or calling it that. Although all three approach Data Viz in different ways, they all have the same goal, to clearly communicate number information in presentations.

Conversations At The 2016 Microsoft MVP Summit (Episode 18)

This episode of The Presentation Podcast is a wonderful group conversation Troy, Nolan and Sandy had with many of the North America PowerPoint MVPs while attending the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Conference at Microsoft’s corporate campus in Redmond, WA.

Live From The Presentation Summit! (Episode 17)

Troy, Nolan, and Sandy were featured presenters at the 2016 Presentation Summit in Las Vegas, NV and managed to secure a presentation slot for this special live audience recording of The Presentation Podcast! The podcast hosts were joined by conference director Rick Altman and a room full of presentation design experts!

Pitch Decks (Episode 16)

Join Troy, Nolan and Sandy as they talk all about Pitch decks. Pitch Decks are a specialized sales presentation, and they discuss who uses them, who designs them, what is unique about their content, and how each of us approaches a Pitch Deck project.

Financial Slides (Episode 15)

This time on The Presentation Podcast, Nolan and Troy are joined by Dave Paradi for a conversation about best practices for slide design in Financial Presentations. Have you struggled with getting all of the numbers on a slide, or stared at a slide that had too much financial data and tried to find the numbers that relate to the presenter’s message? Listen in for tips on ways to design these slides and to hear lots of great ideas about what to do with data heavy slides (or any presentation with lots of data).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.