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: 

11 Apr

Use Your Own Textures for Slide Backgrounds

Dirt image by M.Maslowska (Typeface: 28 Days Later)

A quick way to create a unique slide background is by simply using a great texture. By definition a texture is “The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance” (Dictionary.com)

Textures just like photos can convey the message and they work particularly well in situations where the art direction of a presentation is more abstract.

18 Feb

Use Clip Art to Make Custom Icons for Your Presentation 2.0

Few months ago I did a blog post on using clip art to create custom icons and to date this has been one of my most visited posts.

Bruce Gabrielle, the author of Speaking PowerPoint actually wrote the tip into his book and recently created a short video tutorial for it. So if you rather follow the steps on screen here is the short video:

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.”

13 Dec

Vintage Presentation Inspiration: IBM 1975

This morning I got a nice little surprise while browsing Google Reader Play. A vintage presentation by IBM from 1975 explaining their revolutionary technology at that time.
After some digging I found additional images and perhaps the original post on Square America

Since it’s 1975 these slides clearly pre-date PowerPoint.  They actually look more like the presentation revolution that is happening today versus what’s been going on with PowerPoint presentations in most conference rooms in the last 10 years.  The slides are well designed with a bold color scheme and focus on a single message per slide.  It’s simple and clever.

Here is a small sample of the slides for your presentation inspiration.

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

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