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Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
The art and science of creating great presentations
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:
Translate ideas into informative graphics
Sketch and diagram effectively
Create slides an audience can process
Utilize presentation technology to your advantage
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!
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.
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.
HOW’D THEY DO THAT?
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.