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episode 32: How To Be A Good Design Client

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.

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episode 31: What Makes a Real PowerPoint Template Real

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.

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episode 30: Windows 10 Fluent Design and the Future of Presentation Design

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.

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episode 29: What Else Do You Use PowerPoint For?

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 much more, so Troy, Nolan, and Sandy are sharing their top 10 things uses PowerPoint for – outside of presentation…

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episode 28: Deposit, Terms and $ for Presentation Design

Deposit, Terms and $ for Presentation Design  Show Notes – Episode #28 Summary When a new design project comes in, the project billing amount and process needs to be defined. Is there a deposit? What are the payment terms? All very important considerations on the business side of design and the topic of discussion for…

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episode 27: When Do You Say No to a Project?

When Do You Say No to a Project? Show Notes – Episode #27 Summary It is easy to say “Yes” in most situations, it is polite and everyone likes to hear it. But, in the real world, it is sometimes better to say “No” to a project – for many reasons. Nolan, Sandy and Troy…

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episode 26: Typography, Part 2

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.

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episode 25: What is the Page Size of 16×9?

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.

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episode 24: Archiving Projects

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.

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episode 23: Typography & Typesetting in PowerPoint

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!

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