Presentation Zen has a great book on presentation style that applies not only to a slide presentation, but to video as well. Garr Reynolds provided a review of Design Elements a while back: A Graphic Style Manual by Timothy Samara. Here are the top 10:
10 design rules to keep in mind
- Communicate — don’t decorate.
- Speak with a visual voice.
- Use two typeface families maximum. OK, maybe three.
- Pick colors on purpose.
- If you can do it with less, then do it.
- Negative space is magical — create it, don’t just fill it up!
- Treat the type as image, as though it’s just as important.
- Be universal; remember that it’s not about you.
- Be decisive. Do it on purpose — or don’t do it at all.
- Symmetry is the ultimate evil.
When you design slides for a presentation or a video? How pleasing do you make it for the viewer? Is it overly complicated like many bills by cramming everything possible on a page?
Start out by reading Presentation Zen. Next, follow Garr Reynolds…your slides and videos will greatly improve!
(Post heading is a quote by: Typographer David Jury)