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Design Issues

Good slides do more than simply communicate visually the message you are trying to convey during a presentation. Good slides also adhere to some basic elements of graphic design as well. Principal among these concepts is that a slide show should be fairly minimalist in appearance. This is a hard balance to strike because PowerPoint has brought so many new visual tools and capabilities, but presentations should, in general, stick to the basics and include as little "eye candy" as possible. While there's a place for all of the capabilities of PowerPoint—like the animation tools—they should certainly not appear on every slide.

Stick to Main Ideas

An uncluttered design is very important to a slide's readability and comprehensibility. Most slides should feature text that supports the main ideas you want to convey—a slide should be a guide map to your presentation, not a detailed report that reiterates all of the things you're going to say. Use these broad guidelines when creating slides:


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