Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Presentation Zen

PowerPoints are not likely to go away anytime soon despite being too often boring, badly designed, and trite.

Garr Reynolds tries to do something about this in his book "Presentation Zen" (right). He compares the presentation styles (left) of people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and provides pointers on how to improve presentations through better design.

Just because PowerPoint has made it easy for the untrained to use powerful presentation graphics tools does not mean that we should continue to use these tools without learning a few basic principles of good design. Since we now have the tools at our disposal, presentation design should be part of everyone's education in schools. Whether it be PowerPoint presentations or traditional posterboard presentations for the science fair, students should know basic visual communication skills with type, images, and graphics to improve the clarity and creativity of our visual communication.

Click on the heading above to see the Presentation Zen website.

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