Top Ten Design Tips for PowerPoint

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1 Simplify

Simple is always better. Keep visuals uncluttered with open space (white space) to allow easier reading and visual breaks. Visuals should support what you have to say, not say everything for you.

2 Use templates

Choose an appropriate master style and use it consistently throughout your presentation.

3 High contrast for legibility 

Highly saturated colors provide the most contrast and the easiest reading. Use white or light type on dark colored backgrounds for slides and on-screen shows.

4 Use the right font 

San serif fonts such as Arial and Calibri are easier to read than serif fonts like Times. Many templates use serif fonts — change them!

Use these:

Arial Calibri

Arial Bold

Calibri Bold

Not these:

Times Palatino

Times Bold

Palatino Bold

 5 Keep text large 

Text should be 24 points or larger. If your text size has to be smaller to fit, go back and edit your visual. And remember, the larger the room you will be presenting in, the larger your text needs to be.

6 Bulleted lists work well 

Take out sentences and replace them with key words and phrases. Expand on these points in your verbal presentation.

7 Add graphics 

Using graphics makes information more appeal ing and easier to understand — but make sure it’s appropriate for your audience. Graphics include clip art, graphs, pie charts, maps, arrows, photos, etc. Try using a clip art graphic very large for more impact.

8 Use the right graphic format

Windows metafiles (wmf) work best for logos, line drawings and illustrations while jpg’s work best for photographs. Keep your gif files for your web pages.

9 Choose special effects wisely 

Transitions and special effects are great when it’s appropriate. Be careful not to overdo it.

10 Test 

Test your presentation on the equipment you will be using and adjust colors as needed.

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