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Presentation Zen. As a follow up to yesterday's post on Bill Gates' presentation style, I thought it would be useful to examine briefly the two contrasting visual approaches employed by Gates and Jobs in their presentations while keeping key aesthetic concepts found in Zen in mind.

Presentation Zen

I believe we can use many of the concepts in Zen and Zen aesthetics to help us compare their presentation visuals as well as help us improve our own visuals. My point in comparing Jobs and Gates is not to poke fun but to learn. SimplicityA key tenet of the Zen aesthetic is kanso or simplicity. In the kanso concept beauty, grace, and visual elegance are achieved by elimination and omission. Says artist designer and architect Dr. "Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means NaturalnessThe aesthetic concept of naturalness or shizen "prohibits the use of elaborate designs and over refinement" according to Kawana.

The suggestive mode of expression is a key Zen aesthetic. The Inspiration Gallery - Free borders, backgrounds, fonts and unique graphics. Open Design Community - Download Free Web Design Templates - Free CSS and XHTML Website Templates. Open Source Web Design - Download free web design templates.

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Each of the columns could be the longest, and for testing columns length I've used the script filler text on demand. Each layout could represent a site with five main sections: header, content, navigation, other stuff and footer. The basic markup, common to every layout, is the following: <div id="container"> <div id="header">Header</div> <div id="wrapper"> <div id="content">Content</div> </div> <div id="navigation">Navigation</div> <div id="extra">Extra stuff</div> <div id="footer">Footer</div> </div> It's almost minimal, apart from an extra wrapper around the content. Talking about CSS: each of the layouts uses float and in most of the cases negative margins.