Current Trends in Presentation Design

infographic-elements-set-vector-design-elements-flat-style-business-presentation-booklet-web-site-projects-other-46241793Trending designs for presentation use come and go. How do we know which ones will stick and stay? But before that, what are the presentation designs trending today?

  1. Infographics – one that clarifies and explains; easy to understand and concise. If you do infographics, make sure you do them well. Otherwise, make do without and just make your presentation simple.
  2. Flat Design – this design is new and considered modern. Because it’s “flat”, it is easier to make. You can combine making these with realistic designs in order to have a more interesting presentation.
  3. Photographs – when photos are used, text is usually minimal or even non-existent. This makes the audience turn their attention to what the speaker is saying and the photo helps them visualize the presenter’s ideas.
  4. Visual Metaphors – these are used to help audience understand difficult concepts.

With these things in mind, which presentation design do you think will last?

Find out more about this by heading to this link: Presentation design trends

How to Customize Colors in PowerPoint

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In order to come up with better presentations, it is important to make sure that the colors you choose for your layout are not messy and you work on this on the slide master of your PowerPoint.

It is actually very easy to fix the colors and it can save you more time when you do the rest of your presentation. However, typically, default colors are used on the slide masters which are more often than not, not the colors the presentation is actually using so what you do is you change the colors manually and that takes up so much time.

So here is what you do:

In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, click the Design tab and choose Colors. In PowerPoint 2013, click the View tab, then click Slide Master and then choose Colors.

At the bottom of the list, choose Customize Colors. If you aren’t particular about your colors — you don’t have exact specifications, you can choose one of the options on the list that is similar to what you want and then choose Customize Colors.

For the complete instructions on this, please head to:   Customize the colors in your slide master

The Importance of Presentation Design

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you’re an entrepreneur selling expensive products, your presentations should also match the level of luxury your products offer. Otherwise, there’d be a disconnect and instead of attracting more customers to buy your products, it might just do the opposite. It’s kind of like branding where your brand should permeate in every part of your business, including presentations.

If you’ve been doing presentations, check to see if the quality of your presentations match the quality of products you offer. if you think they do not, then it may be time to get a designer to help you with your presentations. Doing so will show that you care about how you would project your business to the public.

In the blog post, Your presentation deserves the same respect as your website and brochures!, the author describes her experience at an internet marketing conference she attended where she critiqued the slides used during a sales presentation. Read the article learn about her insights.

 

 

Apply Design Principles to Your Presentation

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Below are four design principles you need to consider when making a beautiful presentation:

1. Balance – Whether it’s symmetrical or asymmetrical balance, the elements on both sides of the design should be in equilibrium.

2. Emphasis – By using the color, size or placement of an object in your design, you can make it stand out to catch the attention of your audience.

3. Unity – Make sure that your deck has a consistent look and feel and the elements must always feel like they were placed with purpose.

4. Movement – By using curved lines, the eye of the audience will be encouraged to move sequentially, thus, instilling a sense of motion.

To know more on how to apply these design principles, please head to this link: The 4 Basic Principles of Presentation Design

Expert Tips on Presentation Design

aster-flowers-art-design-26968847We all need help when it comes to presentation design. It’s a good thing then that there are experts out there who can show us the way how. Below are just few of the links to expert tips that presenters can use to make their presentations better.

  1. A good read, “Speaking PowerPoint: The New Language of Business” – by Bruce. R. Gabrielle
  2. And you can’t miss getting hands on this one, read & keep “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” – by Carmine Gallo
  3. Indulge yourself in this video to learn more and more, watch “Instructional Design Essentials: Storyboarding” by – Daniel Brigham at Lynda.com
  4. For effective slide design, read “Slidology” – by Nancy Duarte

For more tips on how you can better design your presentations, please head to: 20 Best Things on Internet to Help You Become a Presentation Design Hero

How to Change the Slide Master Design of an Existing Presentation

powerpoint-tips-apply-a-master-4-300x113 (2)Do you have an existing PowerPoint presentation that you want to change in terms of its design, particularly its Slide Master design? Well, you can actually apply a Slide Master design to an existing presentation.

You just do these two steps first:

  1. Choose View tab, Slide Master.
  2. In the left-hand pane, scroll up to the first, larger thumbnail.

There’s a wrong way of doing this and a better way of applying a Slide Master to a presentation. It is basically about creating a theme file so you can then easily apply your design and not fret about copying over your original presentation.

To know more about how to do this, please head to: Apply a slide master to a presentation

 

10 Design Styles for Your Presentation

design-18043858There are many design styles out there that you can choose from. Below is just an overview of ten design styles according to Connie Malamed, an an instructional designer and author:

  1. Minimalist
  2. Retro
  3. Skeuomorphic
  4. Flat
  5. Metro
  6. Infographic
  7. Big photography
  8. Mix & match typography
  9. Handmade
  10. Grunge

It is important to know these styles so you can try to find yours and use what’s appropriate for your presentations. To know more about this, please head to: What’s your design style?

How to Reorder Objects in PowerPoint 2013

organize-puzzle-shows-arranging-organizing-27851570When you build a design on PowerPoint, you can keep adding objects to it. Even if it’s a complex design you’re making, it just means that you get to include a lot of objects in it. So how do you do this? One way is to reorder your objects. It could be time consuming if you don’t know how to but you can also use a shorter way. In PowerPoint 2013, they have this new feature!

Just follow these steps:

  1. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select, Selection Pane to display the Selection task pane on the right.
  2. Either select an object on a slide or select it in the Selection pane.
  3. Drag it upward to move it forward. Drag it downward to move it backward

To learn better, watch the video on this post: Reorder objects in the Selection pane in PowerPoint 2013