09 Jul

Color: Dark v Light Presentation Backgrounds

When creating a presentation your entire palette will depend on the background color you choose.  There are several factors to consider when selecting a background color or a background photo.  Nancy Duarte’s book Slide:ology gives a really nice overview on color theory but I felt like a an important component on choosing a light or dark background was left out.

What is the lighting set up of the venue where the presentation is going to be viewed and what equipment is used to view the presentation.

Have you ever tried watching a dark movie during the day, when the TV room is full of light? If there is a light bulb going off in your head right now, you know where I’m going with this.  The reason movies look so great in TV theaters or at night, is because the viewing area is completely dark.  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, the answer is that you will see your own reflection in the screen and the blacks will look washed out.

08 Jul

Color: Resources

Every [good] presentation consultant you come across will tell you to begin your presentation development process on paper, never start creating slides as you think up ideas.  This same methodology should apply to developing a style for your presentation.

I begin with color, because color is the first component of design you need to think about before starting work.  Color sets the mood, reinforces messages and adds an aesthetic appeal to any design project.

I’ve seen too many presentations that  have poorly thought out color schemes.  With the right tools and practice anyone can develop a nice color palette.  We are trained to make decisions on color every day when dressing or decorating our homes.  Why stop when it comes to presentations?




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