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General Design Principles

Whether you use visual aids to show what something looks like, to show how to do something, to clarify relationships, or to show how something is organized, four rules are paramount to effective visuals: Make it big, keep it simple, make it clear, and be consistent.

Make It Big

It's easy to overestimate how big text and graphic images will be when projected onto a screen. A rule of thumb is that if the text or image looks big enough to be the right size, it's probably too small—make your text and images so large that you think they must be too big. There are a few different ways to gauge the size and readability of your visuals:


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