The Met Museum has made over 375,000 of their Creative Commons images available as h-res downloads on their site under a Creative Commons Zero license. A lot of amazing images now available for anyone to use in any manner. Only disappointment is that many of the sample images I downloaded are ridiculously dark and muted. Many will need additional Photoshop help to get them to a usable state.
In advance of another webinar I’ll be doing for PresentationXpert on February 15, 2017 focusing on the use of imagery in presentation, I answered a quick reader’s question on how best to bring PowerPoint files down to size through compression. Take a read here to discover how the pros do it—and no, it’s not by using the built-in Microsoft tools!
I admit that I knew and know very little about Du Bois and certainly had no idea that he created such visually unique and careful visualizations. The critic in me wants to say that some of these do not hold to modern best data viz practices, but damn, sometimes you want to get lost in a careful study of data and spend some time with beautiful meaningful graphic design. And that’s what you certainly do with these visualizations.
Sadly, the world lost statistician, doctor and TED personality Hans Rosling yesterday. In honor of his endless enthusiasm for and influence on data and data visualization, I put together this little tutorial on how to approximate his Trendalyzer software to create animated bubble charts using PowerPoint’s morph transition.
If you haven’t seen Hans present, take a look at some of my favorites:
This is an older post, but one which I just ran across. This is not only an excellent example of simplified, well-designed slides, but also a very direct and effective sales pitch for a company called Zuora.
Take a look at the article here and and all the slides below.
This week we’re talking not just fonts, but how to make your typography look professional in PowerPoint through spacing, justification, sizing and placement for various types of presentations. No, PowerPoint doesn’t have the powerful type tools of InDesign, but you can still do a lot more than you think you can to produce a professional looking result.
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Dave Gordon is an incredible speaker, speech coach and brand educator that I’ve worked with a lot in the past as a colleague and client. He has a great piece out on not getting discouraged by that portion of your audience that no matter what, will always be overly critical and in some cases, flat out hate you.
10% of the people will come up to you at the end of your talk and tell you in person how much your message meant to them. They will shake your hand, give you their card, or somehow make a connection.
80% will respond via survey that they enjoyed the presentation and got at least one thing out of it that they could do to advance their career.
10% hate you. For whatever reason, they didn’t like you, your message, your clothes, your hair, your accent. Whatever it was, they just didn’t connect.
Those who get nervous when they present, focus on the 10% that hate. You want everyone to love you and your message, but that’s not possible. The key is to remember “show and tell.” Get up and share something meaningful for you that you know over 90% of your audience will appreciate and enjoy. Find the friendly faces and nodding heads in the audience. They are the people you talk to. The other 10% aren’t really listening anyway, but that’s about them, not you.
I suppose it’s a bit like pricing your services in which if you’re not getting a small portion of clients saying you’re too expensive, then you’re not charging enough. If you don’t have a small portion of your audience “hating” you, maybe you’re doing something wrong.
In any case, read the piece here, and sign up for his newsletter which is always filled with good stuff.