5 Design Resources For Your Next Presentation

July 30th, 2015

5 Design Resources For Your Next Presentation

  1. Adobe Kuler

Give your presentation the color it deserves. With Adobe Kuler, you can browse thousands of different color palettes. Once you find the pallet that is right for you, adjust it to fit your needs. With 6 different color rules, plus a custom option, you should have no problem finding the right colors to make your presentation pop!

  1. Unsplash

If you’re looking for free, high-quality images, to use in your presentation, check out unsplash.com. They upload ‘10 new photos every 10 days’. They are high resolution and perfect for background or text overlay.

  1. Font Squirrel

Don’t use the default fonts that PowerPoint, Keynote, or any other software gives you. Searching the internet, Font Squirrel finds the best high-quality, design-friendly, commercial-use fonts. With their search tool you can find any style you might be looking for to help fit your presentation.

  1. Dropbox

If you’re on the go and need to access your files anywhere, anytime. Dropbox is an awesome tool to have at your finger tips. Sync all your files across your devices with easy. Don’t ever worry about leaving something at home or work, or miss placing a flash drive. With different plans to choose from you can get as much storage as you need.

  1. PresenterMedia

Yes, we might be a little bias when it comes to this resource, but we love our stuff! For less than $5 a month you can have a whole library of content at a click of a button. We have PowerPoint templates to help you get a head start on your presentation. Items that you can customize with your message and branding, and thousands of images to fit any presentation topic.

What are some of your favorite resources when designing your presentation?

Isometric Shapes: What are they and how do you use them?

July 27th, 2015

Isometric Shapes: What are they and how do you use them?

We love trying and creating new things here at PresenterMedia. Our designers have been exploring Isometric Illustrations, and have come up with some amazing images.

The natural world around you relies on perspective. With isometric illustrations, though, they are without perspective and cannot be found in nature. Everything in the background is at the same scale as everything in the foreground. That’s what gives them their unique attraction.

Isometric Explained
Isometric Illustrations are generally found in assembly drawings that are in flat packed furniture. Usually accompanied with a legend containing sizes and information about all parts packed.

ikea-drawing

What makes them so powerful is our eyes follow the lines. By using the parallel lines created, you can direct your audience’s eye to your message. Tell a story by using illustrations together to create a scene that can help convey your story and keep them engaged.

Using isometric shapes in PowerPoint is as easy as a few simple mouse clicks.
Create an object and go to the ‘Format Object’ pane, and click on ‘Effects’. Twirl down ‘3-D Rotation’ and select the Presets box. Choose from the first 4 presets.

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If you haven’t yet installed the ‘PresenterMedia Plugin’ in PowerPoint, go do it. With the plugin you can access our whole content library right inside PowerPoint. For our new isometric illustrations just search for ‘isometric’. If you’re not sure where to start check-out our ‘Isometric Real Estate’ Template.

isometric_pm_plugin

That’s it. You are ready to go and create with isometric illustrations. Feel free to share your designs with us in the comments or on any of our social media pages. Have fun designing.

Simple Guidelines When Using Type

July 21st, 2015

When designing a presentation, the use of typography can be confusing — What font should I use? What size should my font be? Should I use more than one font? We have all been there before. Here are some basic rules to follow when starting with type. These should help you get a jumpstart on creating an eye-catching, readable presentation.

  1. Avoid the Default fonts

Don’t just settle with the default font that the software loads. Learn to install custom fonts on your machine (tutorial on it’s way). Each font has a personality and by using a different font it helps give your presentation character. There is a word of caution: stay away from cliche/ugly font. A simple Google search will help you with figuring out what I’m talking about. If you are looking for a good resource for fonts check out Google’s Font Library.

  1. Two Fonts Max

I know, I know, I just opened you up to a whole new world with the first rule. Using more than 3 fonts can make your presentation busy or even hard to read. Pick a font for the headlines and a font for the content. Most fonts come with a couple of variations, which are perfectly fine to mix-up in the presentation. Sticking with two fonts will help your presentation look professional and really stand out.

  1. Planning

Hopefully, you’re not just planning on cramming a bunch of text on one slide and calling it good. Plan out your presentation design and use high-quality images, videos, and graphics with your copy. We have a huge library here at PresenterMedia, that is updated daily, full of images and videos that you can use alongside your text. We also have hundreds of PowerPoint templates that can get you started in the right direction with your presentation.

  1. Attention to Readability

Just because you can read something doesn’t mean that it’s easy to read. Depending on the size of screen you will be presenting on, you need to make sure your audience can read everything clearly and without straining. A couple of things to keep in mind is line length, line spacing (also known as leading), and overall font size. You want to make sure that person in the back row can read the text just as well as the person in the front row.

By paying attention to the font you use, how many are in your presentation, the placement, and the readability, you should have an eye-catching, readable presentation. Now go forth and create!

What is your font of choice when designing a presentation?

4 Ways to Connect With Your Audience

July 15th, 2015

4 Ways To Connect With Your Audience

Getting up in front of people is not an easy task. Many things can go wrong, and your flight or fight instincts kickin. You get up there and you start to stumble. You get a knot in your stomach. Your heart begins to race. Sweat is forming all over your face.

Even when all those things are happening you still have to deliver your story and try to connect with your audience. Relax though, and just remember these 4 things:

1. Know your audience.

My guess is that you were asked to speak or give a presentation. That gives you an advantage! Get a list of attendees and contact some of them before the event. With the world at your fingertips, hop online and familiarize yourself with the event and the people that will be attending. When it comes time to deliver your presentation, engage your audience early and often.

2. Tell a story.

Don’t get up on the stage and just start spewing facts and research. Tell them an engaging story that they can relate to. Facts and research don’t activate the brain fully, a story though, can put their whole brain to work. By telling a story, you are bringing your audience into the presentation and giving them a painting.

Use use compelling imagery to illustrate your story, after all, you know what they say about a great picture.

3. Relax.

Faking a smile is ok, but showing your nerves is not. An audience can sense when you are uptight — it’s not inspiring or trustworthy. Take a deep breath and slow down if needed. Take short pauses to collect your thoughts.

4. Be prepared with a great presentation.

Nothing gets you more relaxed and able to connect with your audience than being prepared in the first place. This is one area where you can take your time and really shine. There are several resources available to help you design a great presentation and here are a few of our favorites…

  1. Presentermedia.com
  2. color.adobe.com
  3. fontsquirral.com
  4. unsplash.com

What other ways do you connect with the audience? Comment below.

Shark Facts for Shark Week

July 10th, 2015

Shark Facts

Since it’s Shark Week, we thought it would be fun to do a little research and create a presentation on sharks. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Elements and Video Background can be download over on PresenterMedia.

 

Shark Facts from Presenter Media