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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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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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Metaphors Series Revisited: Innovation

Last June, we had a series of posts brainstorming possible visuals for metaphors, including: growth, balance, and leadership.  In this post, I’ve put together a list of possible images for another theme that I’ve seen in dozens of presentations:  innovation. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of innovation is: 1.  The introduction of something new 2. […]

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Metaphors series: Balanced/Unbalanced

As noted in my last post, I love metaphors and am a huge fan of using them to presentations.  I am not, however a huge fan of the same metaphors being used over and over again.  In the last post, I brainstormed alternatives to a tree being used for growth.  Today, I’d like to conquer […]

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Metaphors Series: Growth

A great way to jazz up your presentation and make it resonate more with your audience is with metaphors.   In case it’s been a while since you’ve been in literature class, the definition of a metaphor, according to Wikipedia is:  a literary figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some […]

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Language for discussing images

When working with clients, we sometimes butt-heads when speaking about images.  Not because we have different taste, but because we have a different language when talking about images.  We are frequently talking about the same image and agreeing, but because of our different language we don’t see that.  To help you avoid future arguments with […]

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Implications of SOPA and PIPA passing on presentation designers

You’re probably thinking, wow Presentation School, you’re a day late!   We disagree, these bills will not be debated until February so this issue is still alive and well. If you can, you really truly should use legal images and videos in your presentations when you can (more on why here:  Why Legal Images are […]

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Why legal images are good

Many people don’t think much about sourcing images for their presentations.  Typically what happens is they go to Google, type in what they’re looking for, see their search results and grab any ole image that comes up in their search results.  That’s fine for small internal meetings where you are just trying to explain your […]

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