Media praise for slide:ology

"I’ve been begging Nancy for years to put her 20 years of wisdom and experience into print form, and she has delivered beyond all expectations with Slide:ology. Any presenter will savor this encyclopedia of slide design, filled with page after page of theory, principles, anecdotes, examples and real-world case studies. This is a complete design education condensed into a single book that you’ll keep by your laptop for years as a reference. Now that you have the secrets of Duarte Design at your fingertips, there’s no excuse to use the same old boring bullet points – it’s time to start unlocking the power of your own visual stories!"
-- Cliff Atkinson, Author, Beyond Bullet Points

"Slideology is a beautifully-designed, practical guide to creating visually effective presentations. While referencing the work that has gone one before, Nancy brings a fresh perspective to this inaugural effort. Previous authors have focused on developing great presentations through planning, organization, writing, and speaking skills, but none have focused on the effective use of visuals in presentations like this book. She provides a good balance between theory and application in a book filled with visual examples including before & after pictures, real-world case studies, and advice from some of the best presenters in the world. On top of everything, she seasons her perspective of visual thinking through presentations with just the right amount of humor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to create effective, visual presentations."
-- Tom Crawford, CEO, VizThink

"“Now that Nancy has published this book, what’s your excuse for your long, boring, and useless presentations?” "
-- Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop and author of The Art of the Start

"Nancy Duarte gets it. She understands that designing slides for presentations is about providing support for the presenter rather than creating pretty pictures. The exigencies of business all too often push designers to produce slides into the dreaded Presentation-as-Document Syndrome, a hybrid that serves neither purpose; neither fish nor fowl.Nancy has always resisted that push by maintaining the proper role of graphics for her clients; now she has eloquently translated her concepts for her readers. From her opening sentence positioning presentations as the foundation of communication in business, she provides the solid building blocks for effective graphic design."
-- Jerry Weissman, author, The Power Presenter

"Duarte’s simple, unique design concepts support stories with a memorable, illustrative backdrop that help our customers remember how our solutions are different. "
-- Robert Haskitt, Director of Marketing, Microsoft Advertising

"This is a book for absorbing, as you would good wine or great jazz. It will go down smoothly and transform you into a better presenter. I look forward to a global elevation of presentation quality, the source of which we’ll trace right back here. "
-- Ric Bretschneider, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Office PowerPoint,

"When it comes to professional and high level presentation design, there’s only one company to go to – Duarte Design. And now they’ve put their top secrets, knowledge and methodology in a book, and it’s great. After two decades of business presentations generally going downhill into the PowerPoint abyss, Nancy Duarte and her team are creating a revolution of re-design that will lift any business communication up. And it doesn’t have to be a complex or arduous task. If you are ever presenting in a business setting, you MUST have Nancy’s book, slide:ology. It’s more than slides and design – it’s about communication and inspiration. And this book will help anyone – beginner or top professional – get to the top of their game. Simply and creatively. "
-- Bert Decker, CEO, Decker Communications, Inc.

"At last, someone has assembled a much-needed successor to the Tufte trilogy...!"
-- Raymond Nasr

"My favorite presentation book of all time...Slide:ology is practical, it's highly visual, and it's beautiful. I love this book. Slide:ology should come bundled with every copy of PowerPoint or Keynote ever sold from now on...This book is not the last word on presentation, but it's the best book on the art (and science) of creating and delivering presentations with the help of multimedia written to date."
-- Garr Reynolds, master presenter and author of Presentation Zen

"I opened it. I learned. A lot. slide:ology is simply chock full of amazing, colorful pictures and ideas. I would not be surprised if it ends up being used as a text book in college-level courses. But that’s the funny thing: it has the look and feel of a text book, but the approachability of a dime store page turner - it pulls you in, and won’t let go. It’s entertaining and informative. How often do you hear that about a text book?...Before you create your next presentation, I strongly suggest you check it out. "
-- Kevin Persell, Geekscribe

"Some books written by industry rock stars are filled with empty pages which ultimately amounts to 'If you want to do X, hire an industry rock star.' This is not the case with slide:ology. Duarte reveals plenty of insider information in this book."
-- Andrew Dlugan, Six Minutes

"This book may very well go down as The Bible on Presentations."
-- Jeff Zucker,

"This book will help from the moment you read the first few pages."
-- J. Michael Hite, MinistryTech

"I know I've said this before, but this is a book you need."
-- Richard Bretschneider, Presentations Roundtable

"This is the perfect book for those who have mastered the PowerPoint (or Apple Keynote) technical skills and need to make the final jump to master concepts usually taught in art schools (rather than software manuals). "
-- Jan Schultink, Slides That Stick

"The essential message of slide:ology is that we must develop a new communications paradigm: we need to learn to think and communicate visually."
-- David Ourisman, Travel Horizons

"As a deaf person, I couldn't hear what she said. But I tell ya, that girl's slides captivate me the whole time as they almost tell a story on their own."
-- Meryl Evans, Beyond Bullet Points Blog

"This book is less science and more art, but it's full of inspiration and practical advice for people giving presentations. As someone who has seen a few talks, good and bad, a lot of this book rings true. "
-- Alexei White, Nitobi

"Slideology's strength is that it covers every element of slide design from colors and transitions to use of charts. The book itself feels more like a coffee tab art book. Not much text, lots of negative space. It's nicely designed. The book is a great reference to have around - more so than other books on the subject."
-- Arseny Lebedev,

"slide:ology does a brilliant job of explaining WHY simplicity matters, WHY slide design matters, and WHY storytelling matters. Unfortunately, the HOW is missing."
-- John Moore, Brand Autopsy

"Nancy’s new book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations (which shares the name of her blog, which is also going on my blogroll), should be on the must-buy list of every eLearning developer."
-- Chris, eQuixotic

"I'm loving this book so far. It has some great stuff that continues to feed my desire to be a better, more effective and compelling speaker. "
-- Karen Morton, Karen Morton Blog

"The book is chock full of handy tips and suggestions that anyone can use to create dazzling and effective PowerPoint slides. If you present using PowerPoint, this is a must have. "
-- Joseph Guadagno,

"Those who must create presentations but don't do it very often will get a lot out of Nancy Duarte's slide:ology The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations."
-- Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor

"The book has wit, it has charm and it has humour. It also has a lot of brilliant ideas and presents an invaluable technique for helping people to see how they can reorganize their ideas and information into cogent visual presentations."
-- Michael Shaw, Macintosh Users East (MaUsE)

"Nancy Duarte has one of those books that need to be read by every presenter...slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations. It's my hope that this book gets a wide reading by all who stand up in front of groups and convey a message"
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"slide:ology is an excellent book, one of the better-designed books out there and written by someone who knows her stuff. I was excited to read it, so much so that I set a couple other books aside in order to read it straight through. "
-- Jeremy Schultz, Designorati

"If you present at all in your job, you should get slide:ology. Even if you don't it's a great book that is beautifully presented (as you'd expect) and enormously practical. It's backed up by a great website too with additional resources."
-- Steve Clayton, Geek in Disguise

"Spend some quality time with this book before you prepare your next presentation, you won't regret it. "
-- Kris Jordan,

"By the time I finished reading this book, I was racking my brain to think of some reason why I would need to create a presentation with slides just so that I could apply the design ideas I had read about. slide:ology is likely to be as influential in the presentation world as Garr Reynold's Presentation Zen was a few years ago, and I highly recommend that this be required reading for anyone giving presentations using slides."
-- Anna Creech, Blogcritics Magazine

"It is far and away the single most useful source for those seeking to learn how to make their presentations visually appealing and get their messages communicated clearly and effectively."
-- Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"This book is the greatly illustrated practical guide to success in visual presentation."
-- Nadia Russ, Wonderpedia

"Add this to your library along with Presentation Zen and You've Got to be Believed to Be Heard and won't go wrong in a presentation ever again!"
-- Chris Spagnuolo, EdgeHopper

"I recommend this book because it is the nuts and bolts of how to put Presentation Zen into practice."
-- Malcolm Lanham, Six Minutes

"I've been reading slide:ology, a book about creating great presentations with PowerPoint, instead of the presentations we dread. Created by Nancy Duarte, of Duarte Design, the book has an engaging visual emphasis..."
-- Barbara (Grinn Pidgeon, SL), Instructional/Emerging Technology Notes

"My highest recommendation, as this is a textbook, a workbook, a resource, and she is a gifted presenter in print AND in person! "
-- Dean Meyers, mode2design

"This book will teach you more than you knew there was to know about creating engaging, professional presentations that get the job done."
-- Joan T. Sherwood, Professional Photographer Magazine

"If Leonardo was living today, he'd be doing presentations using the concepts in Slide:ology and five hundred years from now, they would still revere his genius."
-- Dan Mabbutt,

"Written by the President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, this book intends to offer practical approaches for creating effective visual presentations. The book combines conceptual thinking and inspirational design with case studies from the world's leading brands. It explores different aspects such as connecting with specific audiences, turning ideas into informative graphics, and how to use sketching and diagramming techniques effectively."
-- PhotoLife Magazine

"...a valuable resource that most presenters and slide deck developers should read."
-- Robert M. Slade, Internet Review Project

"If you ever need to give PowerPoint (Or Keynote) presentations, this book should be on your desk. Slide:ology, written by Nancy Duarte, is a well-designed and easily readable book that gives you an excellent overview on how to create great presentations."
-- Gunnar Hillert, Gunnar Hillert's Blog

"The author, Nancy Duarte, owner of Duarte Designs (a Silicon Valley graphics firm), specializes in presentation development and design. During the 274 pages, she walks you through the creative process in fine detail. The book, beautifully illustrated, can be a modern college guide for presentation design. This approach is good. Unless you’ve graduated from college in the last four years, graphics has changed entirely and may invite a reintroduction."
-- Robert Delwood, Dateline Houston

"The book, on creating effective presentations, is meant for marketers but smart graphic designers, brand builders and visionary communicators will recognize the opportunity when they see it. Slide:ology matters because it addresses visual thinking, visual storytelling and communication using graphics."
-- Communication Arts, January/February 2009

"But, I give it four stars since it provides several excellent pieces of advice (well worth the cost of the book) and excellent illustrations of key aspects of graphic design for presentation and wowing audiences."
-- Ira Laefsky,

"The book is superb and immediately useful. It's not another how-to on PowerPoint, but rather a guide to "best practices" in the use of any presentation medium..."
-- Dan Barnett,

"No business library should be without Slide:ology, a guide to using presentation software for maximum effectiveness and eye-popping presentations."
-- Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch - Reviewer's Choice

"As a presentation designer, I'm looking for inspiration, and it is great to see some of the high-caliber work that Nancy Duarte has produced for her various clients. I particularly liked all of the diagram options that are covered in Chapter 3: Creating Diagrams."
-- Brent Dykes, PowerPoint Ninja

"Shell out for a copy of slide:ology by Nancy Duarte. It's bloomin' brilliant!!! It's less about PowerPoint, more about slides and visuals in general for presentations. It's not only a visual feast but chock-full of great ideas and very practical tips."
-- Martin Schmalenbach,,uk

"Slide:ology presents visual communication tips that will help you create presentations the right way and move you beyond mediocre. "
-- Charles Sutton, Evansville Courier & Press (

"The book is a delight...Keep this book handy so that each time you begin a presentation you can review all of Duarte's ideas and examples. "
-- Beth Lisberg Najberg, Technical Communication, Volume 56, Number 2, May 2009

"This book is a must read, must have, must master reference for anyone giving any presentation who hopes to connect to their audience, spread ideas to move people, and display information in the best possible way."
-- Howard Levine MD, Director, Cleveland Nasal Sinus & Sleep Center, Lecturer and PowerPoint and Keynote user, Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group

"Once people saw this book on my desk, it swept through our office like wildfire. So many colleagues wanted to borrow I didn't see it for weeks at a time. Do yourself a favour and get your own copy."
-- Miles Harrison,

"Good overview of Power Point design fundamentals, both from a design and content point-of-view, including real-world examples."
-- Joseph Chabot, (Digital Media Artists Group)

"Bottom line: this book takes an everyday presenter and transforms them into a designer! The world would be a better place if everyone that was ever going to make a PowerPoint presentation sat down and read through this book FIRST!"
-- Nick Schale,

"I recommend slide:ology for presenters – and potential presenters – ages eight to 80 (and up)."
-- Beena White, The Bridge, Vol. 27, No. 5

"The is by far and away the best book I have ever read on visual design."
-- Michael Hyatt,, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers

"If you are starting a new job or a new position where you will be expected to make presentations, you should consider spending some quality learning time with this book and keeping it handy."
-- Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"Any presenter will savor this encyclopedia of slide design, filled with page after page of theory, principles, anecdotes, examples and real-world case studies."
--Cliff Atkinson, Author, Beyond Bullet Points