I was given access to the latest version of PowerPoint 2016. In my day to day work I use PowerPoint 2013, which I realized at its surface is almost identical to 2016. However, if one were to go from 2010 to 2016, I think it’s safe to assume that there are many more differences, the most noticeable being the cosmetic differences. For the purpose of this review, any comparisons I make will be between 2013/2016 as those are the two versions I have experience with.
PowerPoint is widely regarded as an application that is relatively easy-to-use and accessible to all. It boasts a fairly simplistic animation system that anyone can use to add some visual spark or structure to their presentations. But like all things simplistic, it’s not hard to find restrictions put in place to achieve that ease-of-use. How can we get past these restrictions to achieve new effects?
For many reasons, going back to the basics of a creative discipline can really help build your skills and confidence as a designer. Re-reading a book or taking a refresher course, for example, can reinforce your understanding of core principles or teach you new ways of working. It’s for this reason exactly that I recently took a weekend workshop in oil portrait painting.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you’ll likely have seen the use of colourful icons punctuating texts, tweets, emails, adverts. It seems these little pictures are becoming a weighty force in how we communicate. What does this mean for language? And most importantly, what does it have to do with PowerPoint presentations?!
Blue can be quite a calming colour – a beautiful blue sky or the soft blue of the sea. But one blue that none of us find relaxing is the Blue Screen of Death, and if you use PowerPoint a lot, chances are you’ll have your fair share of glitches and malfunctions. So, after doing some of my own extensive research, here are 5 reasons why PowerPoint crashes.
I’m no designer, but I have had my fair share of painting classes and they’ve affected the way I think about color and in turn, the way I think about making slides. Color theory is one of the foundational concepts in fine arts, but it also has great relevance in many other areas, including presentations. Let’s take a look at how color can help improve your next presentation.
A major problem that people have when creating presentations is a lack of fluidity and cohesiveness between slides. Not only do smooth transitions make the deck more aesthetically appealing, but they also remove interruptions in the flow of information, which can give an audience an opportunity to tune out. Let’s discuss some transition techniques from a basic to a more advanced skill level.
When designing presentations it can be easy to get swallowed up by the desire to exercise that design trick you’ve been dying to use, or to use white space in a quirky designer-y way; it is, after all, part of the nature of a designer to create interesting, beautiful things. What can be tricky, however, is to keep in mind how a person might absorb the information onscreen…
As a designer that works in the field of presentation, I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration and new ways of thinking to further advance my presentation skills. Inspiration is all around, one of my favourite forms of ‘presentation’ are movies; specifically the title credits of a movie.
How marvellous that the recent versions of Office automatically embed videos into PowerPoint instead of linking them. And how frustrating when you bundle up your multimedia presentation and someone else reports that the videos don’t play on their PC. This is an issue we’ve come across many times over the years, and it can be very tricky and time-consuming to troubleshoot, so we’ve developed a little tool to help.