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episode 91: What is the Presentation Designer Skill Set?

This episode, Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about being a presentation designer – which is different from being a web designer, a video editor, a motion graphics designer or a graphic designer. Presentation designers emerge from a collection of backgrounds and we talk about what skills a presentation designer today needs, and what skills they are expected to have.

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episode 81: Grids, Guides and Gutters

Grids and Guidelines are two hidden PowerPoint features that few know of, or use. Most do not know they originate from traditional print design and are very powerful design tools for slide design. Even if you cannot immediately recognize them, chances are that virtually every professionally designed print layout is making use of a grid in some way. Gutters are a standard print design element, adapted as “Safe View Area” for video projects, and often overlooked and not addressed in presentation design. Join Nolan, Sandy and Troy, as they get a bit design geeky and talk about how these three traditional design tools can be leveraged in presentation design.

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episode 58: Women Owned Presentation Businesses (with Sandra Johnson, Lori Chollar & Nancy Duarte)

After talking about studio projects and presentation industry news, Troy and Nolan head out the door while Sandra Johnson, Nancy Duarte, and Lori Chollar have an amazing time talking about being Women Owned Businesses in the design industry – a conversation not to miss!

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episode 53: Colorful Talk About Using Color in PowerPoint

Color is a major part of presentation design. How a presentation designer goes about using color, both for design and the technical how-to within PowerPoint, have a wide variety approaches. Troy, Nolan and Sandy talk about personal approaches, technical setup and how-to, and using color in presentations.

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episode 49: What Makes Presentation Slides Beautiful (with Mitch Grasso)

Beauty is subjective, as is slide design, all of which Troy, Nolan, Sandy and this week’s guest, Mitch Grasso, have strong opinions on. As founder of SlideRocket (acquired by VMware in 2011) and now Beautiful.ai (an online presentation design app that launched February 6, 2018), Mitch adds great insights into presentation design. Like TV shows that use a news headline for an episode storyline, we take Mitch’s new company name, and its mission, as our conversation topic and discuss what makes a beautiful presentation.

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episode 35: Software Productivity Tips, Hacks, and Cool Apps for the Busy Designer

Everyone has cool tips, apps and ways of doing things. It is part of what makes an experienced designer experienced. Join Troy, Sandy and Nolan as they have fun talking about what apps, hacks and cool tips they use as part of their daily routine.

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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 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 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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