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Conversation with Tom Howell & Mike Parkinson: The Presentation Podcast Episode #42

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Episode #42, A Conversation with Tom Howell & Mike Parkinson is live!

Recorded at the Presentation Summit in Clearwater, FL, Troy and I chat with the two newest Microsoft MVPs, Tom Howell of Synapsis Creative in Australia and Mike Parkinson of Billion Dollar Graphics.

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Categories: Design, PowerPoint.

PowerPoint for Digital Signage

One of the things I look forward to each year at the Presentation Summit is meeting new people, discovering what’s new in the world of presentation and learning how people are using PowerPoint in surprising ways. This year I saw some absolutely incredible video animations authored in PowerPoint, delivered a talk myself on how to create print documents with the software, and I got to meet Kurt Dupont from Belgium-based PresentationPoint.

Kurt produces a few different custom software solutions for PowerPoint, but his flagship offering is DataPoint, an add-in that transforms PowerPoint into a powerful digital signage solution. And after a demo and learning more about DataPoint, I came to realize that I have probably been staring at PowerPoint out in the wild far more than I realized – and you have as well. When you walk into a hotel lobby, or visit a factory floor or pass by any screen offering you information, there’s a good chance that you’re looking at PowerPoint.

There are many competitors that offer various digital signage solutions, but most are closed systems with their own design tools. DataPoint lets you design and author all of your visuals right in PowerPoint. And then, all from a PowerPoint interface, you can connect live data feeds such as weather or financial information plus proprietary and local databases containing just about any information you can imagine. Need a real-time scroll of your daily conference schedule? Connect DataPoint to your Google Calendar. Need to see current inventory? Connect DataPoint to your in-house Sharepoint database. Just want a rotating list of clients? Drop them into an Excel file and connect.

My favorite example of DataPoint in action is Sotheby’s. Yeah, you know when you see those screens behind the auctioneer indicating current bids? That’s all PowerPoint/DataPoint pulling information real-time from connected databases.

And if you’re worried about the logistics of connecting a computer to the actual screen, many users have fixed that problem with the Intel Compute Stick attached discreetly to the back of the monitor. Again, something I didn’t know existed.

And maybe the best part is that the software is a one-time purchase at a ridiculously low cost. Seriously, when you look at their client base (NASA, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, NYSE, Boeing, etc.), I’m even more amazed.

My only disappointment is that I just don’t get called upon to create digital signage all that often by clients. But if you’re looking for a really slick solution yourself, definitely take a look!

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Presentation Mistakes We Have Made: The Presentation Podcast Episode #40

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Episode #40, Mistakes We Have Made is live!

 

We’re not perfect, not by a long shot. Join Sandy, Troy and I for a stumbling trip down memory lane as we discuss failures, mistakes, errors in judgment and flat out fiascos we’ve experienced in the the world of presentation.

 

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Categories: Design, PowerPoint.

Logos Drawn From Memory

Signs.com asked people to draw famous logos from memory. I love everything about this including the X-Y axis visualization of the results. Check them all out here.

 

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Categories: Design, Visual Thinking.

Software Productivity Tips, Hacks, and Cool Apps: The Presentation Podcast Episode #35

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Episode #35, Software Productivity Tips, Hacks, and Cool Apps for the Busy Designer is live!

After last episode’s kvetch session, we’re back to practical solutions, including software solutions and tips outside of PowerPoint. Take a listen to hear about those small little things that ave us hours of time and let us do our jobs the best we can.

Oh, and I have a little announcement at the top of the show as well…

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PowerPoint Frustrations: The Presentation Podcast Episode #34

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Episode #34, Yes, PowerPoint Frustrates Us is live!

Join Sandy, Troy and I for a kvetch session, but one hopefully that contains some answers and helpful tips to navigate around what bugs us most about PowerPoint.

Oh, and I have a little announcement at the top of the show as well…

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The Power of a List

A visual will almost always trump text, but sometimes text functions as a visual itself. The other day a client who offers a SaaS product called asking if there was a better way to show feature options across various versions than his current tabled list. I can’t show his list, but it was very similar to this from Quicken:

We’ve all seen things like this and the reason is that things like this work quite well in quickly comparing and contrasting in order to make a decision. This is a time when simple checkmarks or missing checkmarks serves as a highly informative visual story.

Today I received an email from Jim Johnson, a New Jersey gubernatorial candidate contrasting himself with his primary challenger. And I loved it. It was nearly all text, but the repetition of Murphy’s limited diversity of experience was easily readable and served as a glanceable visual with a big story.

Sometimes a table is simply the best choice. And sometimes text does communicate visually.

 

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Deposit, Terms and $: The Presentation Podcast Episode #28

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Episode #28, Deposit, Terms and $ for Presentation Design is live!

This week we’re all releasing our tax returns so listeners can fully understand any conflicts of interest we might have. Just kidding. We’re not doing that either. But we are talking all about how we do business and charge for presentation design: deposits, payment terms, discounts, penalties, rush rates, our favorite contract clauses and much more.

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