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New post with Prezi! Fixing up The Success Cycle

I had the honor of being asked by the amazing Prezi staff if I’d share some of the content form this blog with them.  So, after some thorough planning and some amazing back and forth with the staff, we worked together to create a post. You can check it out here: First amazing Prezi post […]

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Color selection

It’s always amazing to me how emotional color selection can be for some. I’ve had clients who have had break downs because of the wrong shade of orange (or some other favorite color). And I’ve heard clients have internal fights over their favorites. Personal preference is one way to go about these things, but I’m […]

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A checklist for editing your charts

The last step in presentation design should be to double check your work with one last round of editing.  Editing can be a daunting task, especially if you’re the only pair of eyes on a document (We all know how it feels like when you’ve been staring at the same document for so long that […]

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Chart Improvement Series: NSA PRISM slides

Normally we post one blog post a week.  Because of the timeliness, this week is different.  We have 2 posts from the same series today and today’s is a bit usual because it comes out of the news instead of SlideShare.  Yup, it’s the famous PRISM slides that The Guardian and The Washington Post leaked […]

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Chart Improvement Series: Targeting Customers 2×2

This is the third installment of our chart “fix-it” series, where we take a slide that is either off message or in need of some help and then improve it.  Last week we improved a data-chart and the week before that we improved a conceptual chart that was off message. This is something that happens […]

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Chart Improvement Series: Importance of Algo Components

Last week we started  a chart “fix-it” series where we take a chart in dire need of help and then fix it.  This is something that we do in our presentation workshops, to synthesize all of the design lessons from the day.  Our last chart fixed  a “Success Cycle” that wasn’t depicting it’s key message. […]

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Chart Improvement Series: Success Cycle

We at The Presentation School don’t think that PowerPoint is the problem, a lack of visual communications education is the problem.  In our workshops, a taxonomy and deeper methodology of creating charts is taught.  But in each workshop, there is a section where  the learnings of the day are synthesized through analyzing poorly communicated slides […]

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Travelling and presentation creation: tips for doing it successfully

For some of us, it’s sometimes unavoidable.  For others of us, it’s our most inspired environment for writing.  For others of us still, we’re so restless anyway, we might as well work.  What do I speak of?  Writing presentations while in transit on:  planes, trains, and (for the very advanced), automobiles. As straight forward as it may […]

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Non-Office Options: For when you don’t have PowerPoint

A recent house guest of mine was asked to do a Pecha Kucha while here in New York City.  She’s a surface-textile designer and doesn’t really use Microsoft Office products and doesn’t feel it’s worth the investment for the singular presentation.  She asked me what her options are, which had me thinking that others may […]

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Anatomy of a chart

When designing a presentation chart,  you should focus on clarity and credibility above all else.  In order to best explain what I mean by clarity and credibility, I’ve put this visual anatomy of a chart together.     Clarity: Hierarchy of titles is clear.  The overall message of the page (the top line that says […]

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