The Consequences of Good Presentation Design
Show Notes – Episode #76
- Consequences: by definition “a result or effect of an action”. Presentation design has consequences. Everyone knows the “death by PowerPoint” mantra – which is really not about PowerPoint, but about bad information flow in any program or printed material – and it is a consequence of bad presentation design. Nolan, Sandy and myself formulated this conversation into 3 vantage points; Designer to Client, Designer to Designer, and of course, Client to Audience. So let’s talk about the consequences of GOOD design!
- Good design conveys a message better/faster/more memorably
- Clients may not always know the impact of good design when they have it. But when someone does not have good design, I hope they know what they are missing.
- PowerPoint is all about the ability to repurpose design as full slides, or elements within a slide – as editable content. Good design is good for a client as they can repurpose it easily!
- Consistent design styling is better for seamless hand off to other designers.
- A good PowerPoint template is a part of good design, and when handing off a presentation to another designer, having a true PowerPoint template is definitely noted as a good – or bad – consequence.
- Note: many times the “other” designer is yourself when a project is revisited later.
- A good presentation has a logical flow of story. The client message is clear, they win business, we (the designer) gets repeat business – everyone wins!
- The client hands off the design to a presentation expert and they get to focus on their real job (assuming the presenter is not a graphic designer) and focus on the presentation message – another win for everyone!
- With good presentation design, everyone wins; clients, other designers, and the audience.
Resources from this Episode:
- Data Visualization Society
- Microsoft 3D Model Content Guidelines – online overview
- Microsoft 3D Model Content Guidelines – direct download of PowerPoint document
- Microsoft MVP Summit
- Microsoft Script Lab Office add-in
- Windows 10 Snip Tool
- IconJar.io (the Windows alternative is Nucleo)
- USB multi-adaptor charging cable
- Microsoft Surface headphones
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