It’s a bit of an eye chart

I guess when we say, “It’s a bit of an eye chart” we believe that saying that somehow helps. We might as well say “I’ll do the next part of my presentation in Swahili because I know that no one in the audience speaks the language.” “Ni kidogo ya chati ya jicho.”   We know complex visuals are a challenge for our audience to understand. The other problem with complex visuals is they can also communicate an unintended message. Things like, this is too complicated to understand (zone out here). And you (or the topic) isn’t important enough for me to make much of an effort to clean this slide… Read More

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How you can kick the CRAP out of (or is that into?) your presentation visuals.

Robin Williams (the designer and Shakespeare aficionado – not the comedian) has written two books on graphic design. The books are full of tips and insights that will take your presentation visuals to the next level. She created The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book for people who create their own presentation visuals (slides).   It walks you through creating slides using professional design concepts.  I highly recommend it.   Her other book is the Non Designer Design Book.  This book is for people who need to design professional looking documents. It’s targeted at people who have no background or formal training in graphic design. People who from time to time need to put together things… Read More

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Confessions of a closet graphic designer

I really enjoy graphic design projects, however I only discovered this a few years ago.  It’s become one of my favorite creative outlets, for example I created the posters above. I have no formal training, anything I know comes from what I have read in books, by trial and error and by studying the work of professional graphic designers. The tool I use is PowerPoint, which I am sure isn’t the norm for the “pros”.  Actually it works well for a amateur like me since it is designed to put words and images together on a page/slide and is relatively easy to use.  I guess PowerPoint was the natural tool for me… Read More

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