slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
I found this book to con ...more
A quick and very insightful read for anyone who needs to communicate concepts and stories effectively.
This book covers how to create ideas, translate them into pictures, display them well, and present them in your own natural way.
Book covers everything you need to know about making slides - from presentation concepts, fonts and colors, images, and video.
I recommend this book to everyone!
The twelve chapters covers creating a new ideology, creating ideas, creating diagrams, displaying data, thinking like a designer, arranging elements, visual elements, ...more
This book piqued my interest as the author's company designed Al Gore's presentation in An Inconvenient Truth.
The author managed to distill many of the key tenets of great presentations - a lot that I innately knew from my line of work, but embarrassingly don't practice enough. There's a lot of, dare I say, best practices in here.
Now, ther ...more
This book leans towards the professional, although the middle chapters on arrangement and visual elements are great, and I'm considering using them t ...more
The main point, which I know is my greatest weakness, is brevity, and using PPT as an aid to your presentation. ...more
PowerPoint Karaoke: "slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations" by Nancy Duarte
There is nothing wrong with presentation software. How else do you present a sophisticated graph, map, chart or table? Are we all really going to do a Bill Bryson and offer an entirely oral presentation of the universe to cover cross sections, plan views, 3D geometry, and complex mathematical proofs? You must all be fucking stupid and ...more
Great layout, shame about the content. ...more
This book discusses some topics of organization, style, and colors in presentations.
If a presentation has too much text, numbers and figures, a report is often a better format than slideshow.
Some of the reviews have been disparaging, as if the ideas shown here are somehow "obvious", or this book offers ...more
I bought the book at a time when I was struggling to depict a very technically complex manpower planning system in a way that was intuitively understandable. As I wo ...more
The book does a good job showing the users a vast array of different styles of presentation, and assures the user that it is not only ok, but important to have your own style.
Appropriate use of animation for slide transitions is discussed.
How/when to use bullets was discussed. Currently, most people over-use them leading to the opposite of the attended effect of a bullete ...more
However, rather than being another list of rules (which is, frankly, what I expected), silde:ology gives you the why of the rules, as well as examples of successful rule-breakage.
There is no absolute right way to make a good presentation. You can be as artsy and outlandish as you want, just as long as you are reac ...more
This books focus mainly on the (graphical) design aspect (whereas PresentationZen puts this emphasis on the approach and methodology).
You'll learn a lot by the repetitively 'before-after' approach: a bad slide compares with its refactored version; impressive.
You will get another perception of your favourite presentation tool (PowerPo ...more
The book is written smartly and concisely and lays down both the basics and takes you on a conceptual journey how and why to create a presentation. She starts by explaining how your presentation should be attuned to audience needs and then goes on how to build a deck from concept to the design stages. She also gives an introduction in design which doesn't become too basic for experienced re...more
7 questions for knowing audience
1. what are they like
2. why are they here
3. what keeps them up at night
4. how can you solve their problem?
5. what do you want them to do?
6. how might they resist?
7. how can you best reach them?
5 data slide rules
1. tell the truth
2. get to the point
3. p9ick the right tool for the job
4. highlight what's important
5. keep it simple
placement of elements created meaning: contract, flow, hierarchy, unity, proximity, whitespace
on a slide - avoid m ...more
This book makes some excellent points about how to make Power Point not suck (e.g. slides are there to back you up, not the other way around). If you have some solid design skills, it will work beautifully for you, but beginners may find some of the ideas a bit challenging (or lack resources to execute them). The principles work well for eve ...more
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