22 Oct

New Apple Keynote 6.0 Mavericks Release, Top 5 Features

Much to my personal delight Apple has finally revamped it’s presentation app Keynote! During yesterdays Keynote address, Apple’s Senior VP Eddy Cue announced a complete redesign of iWork apps for desktop including the beloved presentation design app Keynote. Apple’s presentation software has been overdue for a major update and I will be as bold as say that some of the new features are game changers when it comes to presentation design and development.

Up until now when compared to Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote lacked in master slide and consistency control when it came to producing presentation documents.

Having created quite a few RFP documents for clients using Keynote in the past few months I started to develop a deeper appreciation for PowerPoint and the control it offers on large scale multi page documents. Typically inDesign makes more sense for these types of files but inDesign’s reliance on use of designers for edits make it a less than fluid choice for fast production and collaboration.

Here is a roundup of my TOP 5 features introduced in the new version of OSx Mavericks Keynote 6.0 release: 

13 Jan

Don’t Force Your PowerPoint Template

Don’t be military with your templates. Design your slide around the content, NOT the template.

08 Jan

“PowerPoint Presentations are a New way to Conduct Information”

A great article this morning by PR-Canada on the state of a slide presentations turning into new media.

They  focus primarily on PowerPoint software for creating presentations, but I think it’s safe to say that all slide presentations, whether they are created in PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi or SlideRocket should be developed carefully with a companies brand in mind.

It’s nice to see articles such as these as they solidify my choice to do graphic design work almost exclusively for slide presentations.  Slides provide a great deal of information about a company in addition to the content they provide. They silently reveal a companies commitment to quality and any incorrectly designed information could be gravely misinterpreted causing potential damages.

Some great quotes that perfectly sum up the story:

“the PowerPoint can be considered a core portfolio of the professional and does carry information about the working methods of the company”
“From the moment the information leaves the company through the Internet, it becomes impossible to control who can see it and which way the client can interpret what they see. A PowerPoint presentation poorly designed can be a sign of sloppiness.”
“take care of your PowerPoint presentation the same manner as [you] take care of your logo.”

23 Jul

Use a Creative Brief in Presentation Development, Maximize the Design Potential

I’ve done some freelance work recently that reminded me how incredibly crucial it is to develop a presentation palette and style guide prior to beginning work. Spending this extra effort beforehand can be a life saver especially when creating corporate or litigation presentations that often have changing deadlines and last minute edits, not to mention teams of people working on several sets of slides for one matter. If multiple people are working on the same project I don’t see how this step can be skipped and still preserve fluidity and aesthetic appeal of the presentation.

Designers are not mind readers, and if your team has a specific divide of creative (ideas) and design (translating ideas into graphics) then you need to make sure the designers have necessary information to do their jobs well. Also if you often bring in freelancers to help out with overflow, don’t expect them to naturally jump in on a project and just create meaningful graphics out of thin air.
In order to resolve some of the issues facing us in presentation design we need to more widely adopt one crucial element that has helped the ad agency world in the creative process… the creative brief.

12 Jul

Learning styles and presentations: A case for words on slides

Many people will argue that bullet point slides in presentations are bad… don’t worry you will not get a contradicting answer from me, when people see words they are conditioned to read them, which means it will take away focus from the presenter. BUT… although a small BUT there is one coming from me.
Some of the books and blogs suggest eliminating words from slides all together and instead, simply present the message with a picture.

Well here is where I see a problem.

My case for words on slides.

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