25 Years of PowerPoint

Subject: 25 Years of PowerPoint
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:28:44 -0700

> A few I'd add:
> 1) Pick one animation style (and not an annoying one!!!) and use it
> throughout. I like "appear" best. Your presentation isn't an ad on
> showing off how cool PowerPoint is. (Unless it IS an ad on how cool
> PowerPoint is, but I doubt it.)

For basic bullet point building and slide transitions, I agree. Some slides
require custom animation that is a step beyond the basics, however.


Use the largest point-size, sans serif font you can for titles, where all
slide titles will fit on a single line. Something larger or equal to 32
points usually suffices, 36 being the one I use most often.

Use a large sans serif font for the major bullet text. (Serif fonts plug up
when projected, especially at the smaller pointc size.) Here, 28 point is
usually good.

Try out your color scheme, with sample text in place, with the projector you
intend to use (if you can). Some colors, when abutted against one another,
just do not project well and/or cause the viewer to have to really strain to
read the text.

BTW, creating a PPT color scheme and choosing colors for your new living
room are two distinctly different tasks. And if you don't know anything
about complementary colors, seek some help.

Regarding colors, I recommend avoiding drab colors. But overly bright
pastels don't work, either, unless your presentation is about the '60s

> Chris

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