10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.1

by on 3rd September 2010 with 236 Comments


Powerpoint has produced more bad design in its day that perhaps any other digital tool in history with the possible exception of Microsoft paint.

In this post we’re going to address the epidemic of bad presentation design with ten super practical tips for designer better looking and more professional presentations. Along the way we’ll see a number of awesome slide designs from Note & Point along with some custom examples built by yours truly. Let’s get started!

Also be sure to check out 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.2!

Not a Designer?

Most of the content on this site is targeted specifically towards professional designers and developers, or at the very least those interested in getting started in this field. This post however, is for everyone that has ever created a presentation. Whether you’re a student, the leader of a self-help group, or a corporate executive pulling in six figures, the second you open up Powerpoint or Keynote, you become a designer whether you like it or not.

You’ve chosen a visual tool to communicate and should therefore take the time to learn a thing or two about visual communications. One of the major reasons for this, especially for people in the professional business world, is that your colleagues will subconsciously make judgements about you based on the visual appeal of your presentation.

Follow the ten tips below and see if you don’t start getting comments about your awesome presentation design skills. Just watch out, if your co-workers notice you getting good at it they’re likely to start asking for to help with theirs!

#1 Don’t Use a Built-In Theme

To illustrate this idea I opened up Powerpoint, grabbed an actual default theme at random and threw some type on it. This workflow is nearly identical to that of countless presentation designers and the result is a typical presentation slide that I’ve seen countless times throughout college and my career.


Here’s a design secret, this slide sucks; as do many of the default themes you’ll find in Powerpoint. Granted, they’ve definitely improved the offering in recent years and Keynote (Apple’s presentation software) has some awesome templates, but you shouldn’t view these as the go-to method but rather a last resort if you need to create a presentation in record time.

The point here is that something custom makes a much stronger statement. Your colleagues know and use the templates in Powerpoint and they’ll recognize immediately that you didn’t put any work into the aesthetics of the slides.

I know for non-designers leaving behind templates may seem a bit radical, but you can do it! Just be sure to read the other tips below before striking out on your own. Otherwise you might end up with something much worse that even the Microsoft designers could come up with (and that’s saying something).

#2 Use Quality Photography

Photography is one of the single best ways to make your presentation look awesome. It’s also one of the single best ways to make it lame. The “business people on white background” look is nice, but it’s overdone and tends to look a bit stock art-ish or flat out cliche.

Further, just because a picture is on a white background doesn’t mean it’s a good photo. Stop using ugly or awkward photography just to have something to put on the slide. Remember that no photo is better than a bad photo.


As an example, compare the slide above with the one below. See the difference? The image in the slide below is unique, attractive, and void of cliches. Don’t get stuck in a pattern of using cheesy stock art when you can nab free high quality photos that make a much stronger visual statement.


Finding Free Photos

Where are these amazing photos you say? For starters, check out Stock XCHNG, a free stock photography website with tons of content (good and bad). Also, did you know you can run a Flickr Search using only creative commons licensed content? These photos are free to use and many only require attribution, which can come in the form of a simple slide thrown in at the end of your presentation with a link to the photo sources.


As an example, the photo above is from Lauren Tucker, and is a Flickr Creative Commons item.

#3 Solid Colors Rock

You don’t always need a fancy photo or crazy custom background to make a presentation look professional. Using a strong palette of solid colors can make for an awesome presentation.


The slide above is a perfect example of using very plain design and little effort to create something that actually looks really nice. Whether you’re a designer or not, you could make this right?

The key here is to be very cautious about your color choice. Something too bright bright and fun will blow the audience’s eyes out. Also make sure to use plenty of contrast in your secondary color. A crash course in color theory will go a long way.

If you need help building color palettes, check out the free tools below.


Kuler is the quintessential online color tool. Choose from thousands of awesome pre-built color schemes or generate your own with advanced but user-friendly tools.



Piknik is one of the most basic color tools on the planet and definitely one of my favorites. Simply move your mouse around to change the color, scroll to change the luminosity and click to copy the values to your clipboard.

I use this daily when building websites to get a feel for what a color will look like when it covers the whole screen, which makes it perfect for presentation slides as well.



0to255 is another one of my favorites and is an amazing tool for finding variations of a color. This makes it perfect for hovers and borders in web design but it can also be great for finding an accent color for typography or other elements in a presentation.


#4 Typography Speaks Volumes

Non-designers frequently stress out about finding the proper typeface for a presentation, and for good reason. The right font can me make or break your presentation. Typography is a major art form in the design world and it can really set the stage for what you want to say.


Remember that typefaces can communicate a mood, a point in time, or any number of other factors. Instead of browsing your font list and looking for “something cool,” instead think about the message you want to convey.

Consider the fonts below as an example of how typography can communicate just by virtue of its design. Old style serif fonts tend to fee formal and professional while sans-serif fonts feel modern and clean.


The biggest mistake that people make with fonts in presentations is assuming that the first three font styles listed above are boring. This causes them to jump to something like the font on the bottom because it feels more unique and interesting.

If you’re not a professional designer, remember that the first three styles above aren’t boring, they’re safe. They’re great looking typefaces that have been professionally designed to make you look good and that’s exactly what they do.

Never be afraid of standard-looking fonts. Using them can help ensure that your design remains inside the realm of clean and professional and away from cluttered and ugly. Notice how the slide below uses relatively “boring” fonts but varies the size and weight to add visual interest and create something that is ultimately quite non-boring.


The Trick to Using Fun Fonts

Now, to take that frown off your face I will say that you don’t have to avoid cool fonts 100% of the time. There is a time and a place to throw in something fun, just know that you should use these types of fonts wisely and springily.


As the image above illustrates, one great trick for using crazy fonts is to only implement them in a headline while leaving the rest of the text plain. When you have too much of a complicated font or start mixing complex styles, what you get is an impossible to read mess. Above we’ve left most of our messaging in a typeface that you can actually read while still bringing plenty of awesomeness to the page with the headline.

#5 Watch Your Readability

While we’re on the subject of typography, you should always be aware of how readable the type is in your presentations. Sometimes the amazing photography tip from #2 will leave you in a situation like the one below.


Here we have a really captivating image, but it’s wreaking havoc on the readability of our text. Even if we make the text bold and try different color variations, it still comes up short. This can be immensely frustrating to new designers.

The solution however is quite simple: use tip #3 (solid colors rock). By creating a simple color bar behind the text we increase the readability by leaps and bounds and still maintain a stylish looking slide.


This is an extremely common tactic carried out in a number of different ways. Check out the examples below for some inspiration.

Skinny Bar


Fat Bar


Paper Scraps


Hey Where Are Tips 6-10!?

This topic quickly got out of hand so I decided to break it up into two posts. Check back next week for the next five awesome tips for better presentation design!

In the mean time, this gives you a chance to get featured in part 2! Leave a comment below with a link to a presentation that you’ve built if I like it enough I’ll include it as an example.

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Comments & Discussion


  • http://www.standupandspeakto.us Richard Glover

    Great post! I particularly like the design-centered focus of this post. I think it illuminates why design is really important, namely, that the job of good design is to enhance the quality of communication.

    Delivering a presentation is all about providing effective and engaging communication, and well-designed slides help enhance your message without distracting from your meaning. I’m looking forward to part 2.

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  • Nic da Costa

    Awesome post! Great stuff, thanks! Always nice to have a refresher of small details and hints like thee as often one tends to forget the basics and how they can be applied to something so simple as creating a presentation!

    Definitely looking forward to part two!!

  • http://devius.net/ricardo Ricardo Graça

    This is an excellent post not only for presentations, but for graphical design in general. I’m not a designer, but an architect, although I have a soft spot for design theory, so I really loved these tips, especially #3 :) In architecture, most of the time, it doesn’t matter how expensive or elaborate the building materials are, but much more how you use them and combine them.

  • Jason C Levine

    Great post for anyone including students that want a stand out presentation. Nice touch to push that A to an A+.

    One note: A great looking presentation can be ruined by the difference of color and contrast between your monitor and the projector. Always check how the projector displays color and the lighting conditions of the room.

  • http://www.torbalscales.com ddeja

    I liked everything that was included here. It’s realy important to show people how to make good presentation.

    However let’s don’t forget that presentation must be backed up with the strong speaker.

    Also design must cover the topic, the chapters and the general idea of the presentation. Mabey there should be some points on that in the next post.


  • http://tutorialbd.com/ Tuto

    Two years ago I had to make a power point presentation for a company. I was hired. they want me to work as they want and For this reason the design was not so good .
    Now there is many new features in new power point.

    Do you give additional idea on the screen size? (For example the presentation for Projector in different size)

  • http://webwno.com.mx Ruben

    Excellent post, i really liked what you said about fonts

  • http://www.stankruslicky.com Stan Kruslicky

    these suggestions will be so good for my presentations this year.

    my portfolio..http://www.stankruslicky.com

  • Christophe B.

    Excellent post.

    One quick question; what are the three first fonts in #4?


  • http://www.click.pt Marco Silva

    Great post!
    Really neat advices.


  • http://www.designshack.co.uk Joshua Johnson

    @Cristophe, great question:
    1. Garamond (Pro)
    2. Helvetica
    3. Museo (free Rockwell alternative from FontSquirrel.com)
    4. Comic Sans (never ever ever ever use it)

  • Brooklyn H

    Awesome post!

    A tip about content that my communication design prof gave us: never put exactly what you’re saying on your slides.

    Your audience can read your slides faster than you can talk, so they’ll whiz ahead and then get bored as you read off word for word. Some good things to include on slides are quotes that reinforce your point, elaborations, definitions, or numbers/dates that are hard to follow in speech.

  • http://www.ntbaba.com/blog/ 南通SEO

    very good!

  • http://www.websolpk.com imran khan

    Great Great!!! very nice show!

    lol @ never never use comic sans =D

  • http://faithofacenturion.blogspot.com Jboy Gonzales SJ

    Now I will say goodbye to my boring presentations. Thanks for the tip. Sometimes a priest like me should jazz up even the presentations at worship. Thanks a million, and in my life, will do pray for you and for the many things you do to help people like me.

  • http://www.valid-markup.com A. Hussain Ansari

    Really Nice!! Thanks

  • http://blog.rochelledancel.com Rochelle Dancel

    This is a very useful post.

    However, one of the things that is frequently overlooked is the machine on which the Powerpoint will be given. I was once sent a presentation that looked gorgeous on my Mac which contained a bunch of custom fonts. I emailed it into the office where one of the managers opened it on their work-standard PC laptop and font substitution occurred during the presentation – the end result was shocking.

    Also, be mindful of your filesize and prep images accordingly. I’m a big fan of big photo backgrounds – nice, simple, evocative; however, I have to put my hands up to sometimes forgetting to resize print quality photos and then wondering why the 8 gig presentation isn’t making it into the recipient’s inbox!

  • http://anafxfz.com Ana

    Wow! Awesome post. I’ll make sure to tweet about this.

    I particularly loved tip #4 about typography. Those are my thoughts exactly. I recently wrote a blog post where I say that fonts transfer their personality to the slides, in many cases, it’s the best way to customize your presentation. That’s what happened when I designed Guy Kawasaki’s “Enchantment” slides (he has his own custom made fonts). You can read the blog post I wrote about that project here: http://cursorgaze.com/?p=791

    Link to some of Guy’s slides in my portfolio: http://bit.ly/9gzIZD

    Also, tip #5 (readability) reminded me of Bill Gates’ TED presentation. Most people thought it was an awesome preso and that he improved a lot from all those bad slides he had in the past. To me, some of his slides were just really hard to read! (Nancy Duarte, from Duarte Design wrote a blog post about Bill gates’s presentation here: http://bit.ly/dqYBMQ).

    Thanks for this great post! Looking forward to part 2. :)

  • Denise G.

    Excellent post. I’m looking forward for the second part. Thanks!

  • http://www.miromedia.co.uk Andrew Male

    Great post!
    I like the simple but effective design pointers that make the difference between a professional, slick presentation and an obviously used a template one.

    Just using an appropriate font face can change the feel dramatically.

  • http://www.yvuadesigns.com/ Yuva Designs

    Excellent Post.

  • http://blog.whiking.se Whiking

    I really like the post, perhaps a tip or a tutorial using Prezi would be a nice followup.

    In an effort to stop using powerpoint at all =)

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  • http://www.maiconweb.com Maicon Sobczak

    The points presented are vital for a professional presentation. Very good to create a checklist.

  • http://www.kaidesign.ca Andrew

    This article ROCKS!!!!

    One question…..is there a set of fonts that are highly recommended for PowerPoint??

    Just in case if we use fancy fonts but it turns out when we transfer the file to another computer and all the fonts got messed up since other computer doesn’t have the same fonts?

  • http://www.IDrawStuffAllDay.com Robin

    I love doing presentations! (Well, Keynote more than PowerPoint, anyway.) But I think more than the way a slide looks — and I say this as a designer — what it says makes all the difference. The last thing you want to do is put all of your information on the slide and then turn your back to your audience and read it aloud to them, which is what I see all too often. Even the best-looking presentation will suck if you do that.

    @Rochelle, when I do up a presentation that will be given on a computer other than my own, just to be sure I will also send a QuickTime version of it. You can save it so that it progresses automatically or when you click to advance, as you would normally, and any computer that has iTunes on it also has Quicktime. That will solve any font issues.

    Below is a link to a Keynote presentation I saved as a QuickTime movie and uploaded to YouTube:


  • http://mobilemarketingchat.com Holly @mobienthusiast

    I’ve been looking for information on color schemes, and your link to basic color theory was very helpful. Thank you.

    The whole article, actually, is very helpful and can apply to web design as well as presentations.

  • http://www.jadedickinson.com Jade @ No Longer 25

    Great post – I could really do with the advice! I like the way you have illustrated the points with great examples.I look forward to the next installment.

  • http://twitter.com/iMezied iMezied

    Great Post
    it’s deserve sharing :)

  • http://blog.elemedu.gr harryplusk

    The lady in “#2 Use Quality Photography” section scares me, too. But she’s kinda hot. Just saying…

  • http://www.presentacionesnegocio.com Javier

    Nice post. Lots of ideas and nice designs.
    Hope my material helps or inspires you for any comment. Sorry it is only in Spanish. I am a presentation coacher and teacher in Spain part-time. My main activity is about operations in IT.

  • Vee LIng

    Yup, just gotta love presentations that dont suck!


  • Pandora

    wow, good post :D here’s one of my first templates you can use as a bad example ^^



  • http://flickr.com/sopadecopo Alisson

    another good color scheme resource is http://www.colourlovers.com/

  • http://nokes.de Nico

    really good artikel. Thanks ;-)

  • http://www.effectworks.com/ Narayanan Hariharan

    Nice post Joshua! In fact we at Effect Works(http://www.effectworks.com/) had a similar post in queue to be posted next week (which now I will postpone for a while!).

    Check out our presentations at http://www.slideshare.net/effectworks

    If I have to give you one presentation that’s good, then do check out our presentation titled “Twitter Myths… and how to get rid of them” – http://www.slideshare.net/effectworks/twitter-myths-4830059/

  • http://games.yonan.ro yonan games

    thanks for tips

  • http://www.patriromero.com Patri Romero

    Excellent tips. I’ve always had fun making presentations.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Julia

    You mentioned the good priciples about presentation. Those let me think again if I’ve focus on the right direction. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your part 2.

  • http://www.specialspeeches.com Patricia McArver

    I laughed when I saw your first slide with the built-in theme. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that one from professionals as well as students.

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  • Blade Walter

    Nice. This helps me a lot.

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  • Stephanie

    Fantastic post!! Would love to see more information on creating custom background designs quickly and easily.

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  • Paola quiroga

    Increible!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for publishing

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  • Sophie

    Great post – very inspiring! I love the font under “The trick to using fun fonts” What’s it called and where can I get it?!

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  • Rubén

    Great tips! It’s incredible how easy is to overlook these simple principles when doing presentations.

    Another very important thing is to *try* the presentation before presenting. Not only important to practice it before, but, speaking in design terms, to adapt it to where you’re gonna present, assuming you have some knowledge of it (a dark room, a smaller or bigger screen, the quality of the projector -it’s awful when you discover that red colors can’t be seen-). Trying to see a grayscale version helps.

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  • http://creativeaces.com Joann Sondy

    Thank you. I only wish that rule #1 was ditch PowerPoint. Corporate is addicted to that lousy non-productive software and MS just keeps piling on the ‘junk’ with every upgrade.

  • Old Prof. Otter

    You will need a link to part 2.
    Thanks for the work you did.
    Good stuff.

  • Joseph Smith

    Thanks for staying in the topic and not creating fake tips for the 6-10

  • Peter K

    I think a semi-transparent box (Perhaps 50% transparent white) can sometimes be more effective than a solid color bar, especially when it doesn’t cover the width of the slide.

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  • Anon_reader

    How did you create the ‘use a fun font’ slide?

  • http://bowmanandassoc.com/ Robert

    This is beyond epic. I’m looking forward to the second half! Great job

  • Raphael

    Who knew there was so much to it.. creating a presentation.. an epic eye opener.. definitely gonna implement it.. how about those last 4 tips?

  • Anon_reader


    6-10 is five tips ;)

  • http://www.moonroo7i.com/vb sara

    Excellent post.

    One quick question; what are the three first fonts in #4?


  • http://www.almekhlafi.com AbuAlez

    Thankyou very much for this site about Tips for Designing Presentations.
    thats good ideas.
    thankyou again.

  • XnsBrr

    You make “doing presentations” FUN! :)

  • Anon_reader


    1. Garamond (Pro)
    2. Helvetica
    3. Museo (free Rockwell alternative from FontSquirrel.com)

  • Anon_reader


    1. Garamond (Pro)
    2. Helvetica
    3. Museo (free Rockwell alternative from FontSquirrel.com)

  • http://mypresosucks.com Levi

    Perfect! Glad to see that others recognize the importance of less sucky presentations. That’s why I started my website… mypresosucks.com. Not as good as this, yet. But worth checking out.

  • deelirium

    Question… did you actually create these from scratch in PowerPoint? I’m on a Mac and the thought of building a presentation within the version of PowerPoint I have makes me cringe. Keynote is infinitely more intuitive. If I absolutely have to present in PowerPoint, I’ll create the slides in InDesign, flatten as JPEGs, and import into PowerPoint.

  • Raphael

    My bad :)

  • Pixie

    Thank you!!!! I get sooo bored of using those templates but it was even more boring with out them you’ve shown me a new way. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/oriane_j Oriane

    A few things I really hope you will mention in Part 2.
    – bullet points! Is there any way to avoid them, or at least restrict them the necessary?
    – animations: should we, or should we not animate a presentation? If so, which animation are ok?
    – proportions: while working on your computer, your perception of space is badly distorted. Everytime I see a Powerpoint presentation I made on a huge screen, I have the feeling I made it for 12-year-old because of the font size. Same, everytime I print a

  • http://twitter.com/oriane_j Oriane

    … jeez, sorry.

    So, everytime I print it, it looks poorly designed. So, how can we improve the design of the presentation following its purpose?

    BTW, when is Part 2. due for? Can’t wait!

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    Hey, Thanks for sharing these really useful sites. Some of them are really good.

  • Thetan

    Excellent tutorial. One of the best most useful one ever. Thanks for the tips and the resources. Cant wait for part 2.
    Thanks, Thetan

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  • http://convergingpoints.com Edson Aguiflor

    It feels good to witness creativity being shared. Thanks for the post.

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  • Apple

    Amazing~Waiting for the next part.Sharing IS awesome!Thank u~

  • Maryse

    Excellent !!
    Great tips..

    looking for to read the other ones!

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  • Julia

    Finally, someone who knows how to make a good presentation. I’m doing some groups projects right now and I swear, no one can make a decent PPT. I’ll have to print these out and give them to EVERYONE.
    Looking forward to part two!

  • Georgia

    Impressed and inspired. My love for clean beautiful presentations has always conflicted with the dull and uninteresting default templates. I’m looking forward to incorporating some of these in my lecture slides!

  • Mona Sharma

    Awesome post… I want to master the art of presentation… Would incorporate in my next presentation next month….
    Look forward to part two…

  • ricorobles

    I like this designs

  • http://www.techtic.com njmehta

    This is a great report

  • Raphael

    This has got to be the nicest bunch of comments i have ever seen.. No profanity. Politeness everywhere..

  • Paula

    My Design Professor once said “White space is your friend.” A lot of people often think they have to fill up the space given but leaving some space free actually makes it look more elegant

    Also you should mention not to add too much text. The slides should back up what you say but not do your job. 7 lines per slide is the maximum. In any case using a graphic instead of a line is better

    Title and text should not be of the same font. It should be a mix of grotesk fonts and fonts with serifs

  • Paula

    oh… and if you mix serifs and grotesks, they should match each other of course. If you’re not a Designer and don’t know which ones match, you can use a font family

  • http://noteandpoint.com Note & Point

    Great post and points! Thanks for including Note & Point in the conversation!

  • http://lastactionseo.modernheinrich.com Lastactionseo

    I really love this ideas. I hade just designed a website with really bad readability, but do not really care because it hat less than 10 words.
    Love you guys!

  • Dehrk

    What is that last font in #4? It’s beautiful!

  • http://www.electricpainter.com George

    I love your posts! Excellent advice.
    May I add… never,EVER set body copy in fun fonts. Yikes!

  • http://www.2buyitnow.com tommy

    great stuff. thanks

  • http://britmo.blogspot.com Brittany M.

    Great post! There are few things in the world that drive me crazy as poor design, especially when it comes to things like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.cssrex.com/ CSSReX

    Amazingly Said, I completely agree with you..

  • melanie

    Great post, can’t wait for the next

    such useful advice

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  • http://www.backstagegallery.com Carl Lacey

    Excellent post! In this day an age, everyone should know the basics of design. Thanks for sharing.

    Typography Addition: Contrast is also a great design technique for type. Example 2 Fonts that work well together, varying size, and color.

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  • http://www.escapefrom9-5.com Work Sucks

    Excellent tutorial, I haven’t made a power-point presentation in a while BUT WHEN I DO!! Lookout! haha.


  • Loot

    Totally awesome content here. great advice

  • http://www.techtic.com njmehte

    Great Report!

  • isabel

    Hey, I really like your post, I just have a question, at the place where I work I usually have to design for ppt presentations but they always have tons of text;which makes it really difficult. Any tip you can give me to deal with it?

  • http://SeeberConsultBlog.com Patrick

    Excellent Article!

    I had been considering using PowerPoint on a couple of promotional projects, and you just saved me lots of Head Scratching!

    The Font Selection and Slide Design tips are just what I needed… Nothing worse than a boring slide show!

    I will be looking for Part 2!

  • weeboo

    what does it mean to use a a fun font ‘springily’? and, do you think it might help in the way of professionalism to proofread your presentation? lol

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  • Sam

    really like the ideas.
    but i bet there’re lot of students who r doing presentations, like myself, and for us there are a few additional requriements, such as the footer that includes page number, sources, titles, sections, name of the presenter and so on. maybe not so much a requirement but preferable.
    thanks a lot again. i’m actually gonna steal a few of ur layout righ now, coz i gotta make a presentation for next week.

  • Steve

    Great post.
    Where’s part 2?????

  • http://www.smartdogdigital.com Illiya Vjestica

    Great post Joshua I really like it, as a presentation designer myself these are some really useful and help tips. Good examples show as well. Great stuff!

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    Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait for the next part

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  • novie

    i like the tips you have shared to ask…. can i ask more of that tips or other related topics to read and learn something….

  • novie

    i like the tips you have shared… can i ask more of the related topics to read and learn something.. thanks..

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    great overall tips, too bad managers and higher ups don’t traditionally care of those things

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  • Soki Boom

    Those tips are really usefull! their use varries from editing a photo to creating a website :) great job!

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  • Juan Carlos

    Thanks to you. I’m engineer…so just imagine how hard could be for me to start my own company advertisements.
    It was a great chance to have some ideas.
    I´m eager to see the rest of this article.

  • Mike Johnson

    Where is the motherFUCKING Pt.2…

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for saving my life. Seriously. I am enrolled in a program that requires us to create powerpoint presentations on a bi-weekly basis. The sad thing is, non of the instructors have ever actually marked the visuals of the presenation, nor given any instruction on it. In addition to that problem, zero of my classmates have any experience in design – it’s quite depressing and when we do peer evaluations it definitly ‘colors’ my marking, in the same way they picked awful colors. I am sharing this with my whole class and hopefully a few of them might get the message. Biggest pet peeve of my life! Especially when I have to sit through hours of them every couple weeks.

  • Mark O Reilly

    Wow, great stuff. I’ve linked my class to this to consider when doing their presentations. :) been checking back every few weeks for part 2. Hope it’s coming up soon.

  • Nancy D

    how do you make the paper scrap?? they are cool and professional

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    Excellent site.

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    Hi Joshua, very nice presentation and so much truth in it. For some reason there are so many people that don’t think presentation design is important… it hurts!

    So, here’s my presentation, hope you like it: http://www.slideshare.net/PPresentation/tips-on-how-to-pitch

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    This is very simple and good!

    Very helpful too.


    Looking forward for part 2.

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  • Rejeesh R

    The post was really helpful. Now iam out of clouds in using the fonts for the designs for some extend. Thanks a lot

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    i really, like it.

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    tips 1-10
    Use Beamer

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  • Karen

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    I am a regular visitor of many conferences as well as webinars and the design of a presentation does matter. Not only it helps to convey main ideas and points it also of a great help to memorize the info. I usually buy pre-made templates or hire professional designers =) your article helped me a lot to understand what I really need =) thanks!

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    Can’t add more than what has been said. But can add 1+ to the number of people that said that loved it!

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    I really enjoyed this post and had to laugh at the section about using the right photography. It brought to mind an attorney presentation I recently attended. They used a photograph of a woman who is obvious a generic figure as she also appeared in a spam email I received for a psychic service. Original, top quality photographs definitely make a difference and add credibility to your presentation.

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    Btw, does anyone know the name of the font used on the image that read “EXPANDED VERSION SEVEN” ?

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    Thank you Joshua, top notch work! ;-)


    • Joshua Johnson

      You’re very welcome!

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