Slide Decks 101
By Monica Rattanong
Howdy there fellow comrades, welcome to the self-proclaimed, semi prestigious, online publication brought to you by UCAMS. Intresting side note, the image above, illustrates the importance of a good graphic designer. Furthermore, continuing with this current trend of a line-up of interesting bloggers that have come before, we present to you the least interesting of them all, give a drum roll to… Monica Rattanong.
Monica has written for a number of publications, most predominately her Tumblr, in which she communicates all da feels through the reblogging and liking of other peoples posts on the previously aforementioned feels. Additionally she has tried her hand at a beginner’s level graphic novel, which she pursued at the tender age of 8. Although this did not make it to the mainstream media, or any form of media or society at all, she has not let this stop her in writing this article today. If you would like to know more about this graphic novel, please get in contact via the comment section below #promo4promo.
So hello, this may came as a shock to you, and I’m sorry for deceiving you all, and by all, I mean all of you avid readers out there, but the wonderful and not at all egotistical introduction was not written by someone else but by me, and by me I mean Monica, this gal pal right here. Monica enjoys long walks on the beach at sunset, walks not swims because of the cautionary TV series, Bondi Rescue, which every Asian mother aims to show her children before embarking into this foreign land and a general lack of know how about actually swimming as she is also Asian (if that was not previously aforementioned), wears glasses and strongly advocates for textbooks as every proud Asians favourite fashion accessory paired with a calculator.
You must be wondering, what do UCAMS have in store for you today? Well the only thing I’m qualified to write about is absolutely nothing, I mean I’m an aficionado of many things but as they say, jack of all trades, master of nothing. But much to the distaste of others, I shall persevere until this article, through copious amounts of editing, will be found salvageable by my colleagues.
So this article, brought to you by a self-proclaimed terrible public speaker but slightly better slide deck creator, will present for your eager eyes and minds, tips and hints for designing a PowerPoint Presentation. When it comes to presentations there are 11 tips that I can impart to you beautiful young Luke/Lukette Skywalker’s about setting up your slide deck. So buckle up kiddies you’re in for a semi enjoyable ride on a tyrannosaurus rex.
So here we go…
Actually let’s rewind a little bit, please and I beg you, don’t start designing your slide deck until you have your content nailed. The slide deck is only there to help add emphasis to whatever you are saying. It is only there to aid in your audiences listening and viewing experience. Without the content all you have is useless slides. By also creating the slide deck last, you’ll know what your key points are and it will help you remember what is crucial for you to communicate, on both the slides and to your audience.
So you must be thinking, wow that long intro for just 11 steps, yes I know, I like being a bit egotistical and talking about myself, also realised that you guys are in assessment period so aint nobody got time to be reading long ass tips.
- When in doubt save as a PDF, it’s generally the most reliable format and will save you from the awkward mistake of using fonts which are saved on your personal computer but not on the systems at uni, which only have the default system fonts. It’ll also save you from what happens when KeyNote found on Macs doesn’t quite translate over onto PC’s running Windows.
- Save it on a USB, its hella awks to download the presentation from your email or Facebook or off Moodle and if you’re saving it onto your personal student account then that’s gonna take 4eva and a half to actually login and a hella long time to even load. It also saves you more time in being nervous as you don’t have to stand around looking at everyone’s lifeless and souless eyes staring back at you as you wait for your untimely demise to begin once that slide deck is downloaded. Side note: if you do save it as a PDF, load your USB into the computer when you first get into class and leave it there because it might take a bit for the system to recognise the USB and install the proper drivers.
- Thirdly, have backups. Backup on your email, on a USB, on your student login, on your google drive, on whatever. Technology will fail you, not in a Transformers verse Megatron, iRobot, kind of way, but it will fail you. It also doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Contingency plans for everyone.
- Make your slide deck last. It is the last step that you need to consider because it is only there to add emphasis. It is not your presentation, your content is the presentation. If you don’t have the content then your grade will be slipping out of your hands faster than Brittany Spears 55 hour marriage and you’ll be saying goodbye to your GPA just like Jack in the Titanic to Rose on that stupid ass door.
- Don’t overwhelm people with text.
- Create a consistent look and feel by using similar typography, colours and imagery across all slides.
- Make images BIG.
- Don’t use transitions. It is a regret. We are living in 2015. No word transitions, no slide transitions and no colour transitions. These built in effects and transitions are a trap.
- You are stronger than this. You are better than this. Just don’t do it.
- When in doubt, keep it simple, when not in doubt, still keep it simple
- Finally, practice, practice, practice or may god save your soul and by soul I mean grade.
If you want to know more about this intriguing topic, comment and like the post on Facebook, email in some feedback and I may just write another article or host a workshop on this very topic. I’m thinking this new article will be about PowerPoint and other alternatives on the marketplace. There’ll be some hopefully helpful tips that you might not know about your favourite presentation software and I’ll give you a run down on some of my favourite alternatives. I’m thinking it’ll include a hopefully interesting time benefit analysis of said programs with an x-axis of time and a y-axis of skill. Which will aim to measure overall effectiveness and impressiveness, alongside other key elements which could be a jolly good time.
Also don’t even trip guys, we all know that Jack and Rose both could’ve fit on that door.