Presentation software is one of the few tools used by professionals that require them to think visually on a daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. Slide:ology fills that void.
With Slide:ology, you’ll learn to:
The most successful TED speakers spread brilliant ideas following the timeless principles in this invaluable book. It’s a safe bet we’ll be sending this book to all future presenters just as soon as they confirm!
Tom Rielly, TED Conferences
Published 2008 by O'Reilly
The audience didn’t come to see you, they came to see what you can do for them. If you fill out this audience persona slide, it will give you insights into how to present in a way that will resonate with your audience.
Click here to see how you can create wonderful concepts if you step away from the computer. Avoid going straight to stock photo web sites. This concept was developed and then photos were shot with a digital camera.
Download this PowerPoint file to deconstruct all the layers used to create the lighting effects on this slide
Well typeset text can animate in an engaging way. The way the type was set drove the animation concept. Watch how the text integrates as animates.
Each set of text was built in Illustrator. This way, we could quickly experiment with different type treatments to find the perfect balance of contrast and hierarchy.
Once one treatment was settled on, it was easy to convert the text to outlines (Type > Create Outlines), converting the text into Illustrator shapes. We then selected the converted group of text in Illustrator, copied it, and pasted it into PowerPoint using the “paste special” feature (Edit > Paste Special).
Using this feature allows you to paste into PowerPoint as a specific file format. To create the effect we wanted, we chose to paste as an enhanced metafile. This allowed us to break the text “picture” using the Ungroup tool in PowerPoint, turning the letters into editable shapes that could then be individually animated.
A similar effect can be acheived without leaving PowerPoint. Create individual letters as text fields or Word Art. Then they can be individually animated.
This entire sequence tells a story of how the IT team (dressed as a guard in this case) helps protect the company using security software for early detection.
Because this presentation has embedded video, it was developed in Keynote which can handle higher quality video than PowerPoint.
Animation should tell a story or can even simulate a small movie clip. This flip-book style animation was created by taking a series of photos and animating them in PowerPoint.
These schematics show the use of two animations to convey a message. When the two effects are played together they create a new meaning.
Instead of snapping from slide to slide, pan through a scene. This gives a larger sense of space and connects the scenes together. It makes the content feel united together.
You can also pan across a shape or path to create an element of surprise.
Familiar metaphors can help the audience grasp how your product or strategy works.
A clever use of animation is to control the movement of cast members as they enter and exit your story.
Watch Sky deliver her quick-paced style at ComiCon 2007. This was her first presentation on the tour and by the end of the tour she was delivering over 200 slides in 8 minutes
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