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Shay O’Donnell

Managing design consultant

Describe what you do at BrightCarbon

I make information and stories beautiful. I’m responsible for making presentations, animations, & eLearning look great and work wonderfully well.




Not yet. I love dogs.


Teas, whiskeys, gins.


Ba(Hons) Architecture.

3 words that describe me

Determined, creative, optimist.

Couldn't do my job without

Sketchbooks and sketchbooks and sketchbooks.

Hidden skill

A super green thumb. #SaveTheBees

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Recent articles by Shay O’Donnell

Oct 2022

Adding slide numbers in PowerPoint, on the face of it, is pretty easy. PowerPoint provides a wealth of ways to add page numbers onto your slides; however, some of these methods don’t always work. Don't get frustrated, read on to learn the different ways to add slide numbers in PowerPoint, and find the one that works for your presentation!

Oct 2022

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.

Oct 2022

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?!

Oct 2022

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...