Typography and Typesetting in PowerPoint: The Presentation Podcast Episode #23

The Presentation Podcast

Episode #25, What is the Page Size of 16×9? is live.

This week we’re getting very inside baseball and demystifying page size and aspect ratio in PowerPoint. Why 13.333″ an important number and why would you want to add an extra 1/8″ of an inch on each side of your PowerPoint slide? Listen to Episode #25 and find out!

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A Redesigned Oscar Winner Card

Redditor ShinyTile points out that poor graphic design may have contributed to Sunday night’s Oscar mixup.

I agree and took 5 minutes to redesign the card.

As ShinyTile points out, the Oscars logo catches the eye first, and in this context is entirely irrelevant to the purpose and usage of the card. I assume the cards are nice keepsakes (in addition to the statues), and so I’m okay with keeping the logo, but minimizing it and making it the last thing the eye might read. In its place at the top center, I would place the category in the same Oscar logo gold. That should be the first place the reader’s eye goes and it should serve to confirm the category winner about to be announced. But immediately after the category is processed by the reader, the next thing is the winner and the first thing announced—big, bold and in all caps.

I’m okay with the title being all caps, but I would make the additional information (in this case the producer names), sentence cap as I think this is easier for the eye to read, especially with longer and more complicated names. The only things read aloud are in black and the other two items are in the less prominent gold.

Just a suggestion…

 

Also, the LA Times points out that the mixup could also partially be due to poor envelope design.

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A New PowerPoint Ruler

PowerPoint has a new ruler making it easier to draw more precise lines.

As with many new features, this is available now only for Office 365 Inside Fast subscribers on Windows only.

Take a look!

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Bring PowerPoint Down to Size with Proper Compression

 

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!

And don’t forget to sign up for the free webinar: Using Imagery to Create Powerful, Impactful Presentation Stories.

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Categories: Imagery, PowerPoint.
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