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Over the last few years I’ve created a few popular visualizations , a lot of duds , and I’ve learned a few lessons along the way.
October 24, 2011 — So I gave this talk called How GitHub Uses GitHub to Build GitHub . Someone submitted my slides to Hacker News, where it stayed at #1 for most of the day. This was pretty strange to me at first. My slides are not designed for people who didn't see the talk in person.
While most people might not love using Microsoft's PowerPoint to create presentations, at least one person is taking his distaste for the software to a global level. Matthias Poehm, a former software engineer-turned-public speaking trainer has started -- yes -- the Anti-PowerPoint Party (APPP) earlier this month. Headquartered in Bonstetten, Switzerland, the APPP calls itself an "international movement" that intends to "decrease the number of boring presentations worldwide." The goal is to make it so that people who don't want to use PowerPoint "will not have to justify themselves in the future," it says. Right. Here's the real kicker: The APPP says people who attend "futile" PowerPoint presentations result in almost $500 billion in hourly wage losses for employers worldwide.
By following just a few simple rules, anyone can create diagrams and illustrate information more clearly in slide presentations. Enrique Garcia Cota shared some essential guidelines for things like choosing font size, shapes, color, and more. Although Cota, a.k.a. otikik , is not a designer, the tips he offers in his presentation maintain classic design principles, such as varying shape sizes for emphasis and to establish hierarchy. His tips are also designed for the audience in mind—those in the back of a room staring at a projector. For more presentation creation advice, see our guide to making presentations that don't suck , with five common problems and solutions.
Bad presentations are painful—for both the presenter dying a slow death in front of a crowd and the bored audience members who have to sit through it. If your task is to create or deliver presentations that don't suck, here are five common presentation pitfalls to avoid and tips on making presentations that can instead inspire and inform. What is a sucky presentation? We all know the classic signs and symptoms of a presentation flop—it feels like it's running on too long and you're wasting your time (either as the presenter or an audience member). At their core, sucky presentations fail to resonate with the audience , and therefore they fail in their mission to persuade or teach. Anyone can learn to make better presentations