Category Archives: design

Why the Right Color Can Make or Break Your Presentation

Slide colors are important because color affects our mood, which in turn can affect whether or not your audience will agree with you. I was reminded of this important point when I stumbled across this image of the funeral procession of North … Continue reading

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The #1 Best Advice for Choosing PowerPoint Fonts

In my workshops, I’m often asked which is the best font to use on PowerPoint slides. The short answer is to choose a font the way you would a business outfit: use a font that’s readable, reflects your personality and … Continue reading

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How to Print White Lines – PowerPoint video tip #13

So you’ve created a great-looking slide. But it may not look the same when they are printed as handouts. PowerPoint especially has troube with white lines, like table borders and shape borders. But here’s a workaround so your handouts look … Continue reading

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Finally! A Printable Character Map of the Wingdings Fonts

When you need an icon or symbol, like a lightning bolt or checkmark, it’s sometimes hard to navigate the different Wingdings and Webdings fonts. So I created this handy printable cheat sheet for an at-a-glance view of all available symbols. Click here … Continue reading

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A Handy Trick – PowerPoint Line Breaks

Skilled typographers go nuts when they see poor line breaks in text. Do you know when to add a manual line break? It will make your slides look more professional. I’m working on my slides for my Sept 28 webinar “Storytelling Secrets for … Continue reading

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Boring Text Slide? Use Font Size to Make it Pop!

Ever have a slide like this, showing your audience some important statistic? Do you wish you could make this slide design pop more? Here’s an idea inspired by Before & After magazine. Like the car ads pitching 0% financing, blow that number up to command the slide. Then add the text … Continue reading

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Great Design is about Taking Away, Not Adding

An important lesson for slide designers is this: great-looking design is more about TAKING AWAY unnecessary elements than ADDING more decorative elements. Here’s design great John McWade, author of How to Design Cool Stuff, showing why less is more. The key takeaways for me … Continue reading

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