Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations, Second Edition

Book description

Creating and delivering a successful presentation today often
means breaking through the noise and allowing your audience to
focus on you and your message. You can have a great impact using
simple design choices in your presentations but you just need to
know where to start.

Here to guide you on your journey is best-selling author and
popular speaker Garr Reynolds, whose design wisdom and advice will
open your eyes and give you new ways to look at your slides. Filled
with practical insights and plenty of examples, you’ll learn
how to design effective presentations that contain text, data,
color, images, and video. Once the design guidelines are
established, you will benefit from Garr’s years of experience
as a master presenter and learn how you can achieve an overall
harmony and balance using the powerful tenet of simplicity. Not
only will you discover how to design your slides for more
professional-looking presentations, you’ll learn to
communicate more clearly and will accomplish the goal of making a
stronger, more lasting connection with your audience.


Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
    1. 1. Design Matters
      1. Who Is This Book For?
      2. What Is Design?
      3. 14 Ways to Think Like a Designer
      4. Design and Presentation Zen
      5. Learning from Wagasa
      6. About This Book
      7. In Sum
  7. Components
    1. 2. Presenting with Type
      1. Designing for the Last Row
      2. Choosing Your Type
      3. Creating Harmony
      4. In Defense of Helvetica
      5. Complementing Images with Text for Stronger Messages
      6. Creating Bilingual Slides
      7. David S. Rose
      8. The Little Things Matter
      9. In Sum
    2. 3. Communicating with Color
      1. Lessons from Sumi-e
      2. Express the Essence with Less
      3. Creating Harmony with Color
      4. Simple Color Combinations
      5. Maureen C. Stone
      6. Achieving an Emotional Connection
      7. Working with Color
      8. In Sum
    3. 4. Using Images to Tell Stories
      1. The Visual Matters
      2. We Are Visual Beings
      3. Power of the Photograph
      4. John McWade
      5. Common Image Mistakes
      6. Making Your Own Images
      7. Scott Kelby
      8. In Sum
    4. 5. Making an Impact with Video
      1. The Benefits of Using Video
      2. Tips for Using Video
      3. In Sum
    5. 6. Simplifying the Data
      1. Clarity in Simplicity
      2. When to Use a Document Instead of Slides
      3. Nancy Duarte
      4. Common Charts and Graphs
      5. What About Picture Graphs?
      6. Stephen Few’s Graph Design IQ Test
      7. The Future of Data Presentation
      8. In Sum
  8. Principles
    1. 7. Seeing and Using Space
      1. The Beauty and Function of Space
      2. Ikebana and Space
      3. Achieving Balance in Space
      4. Gestalt and the Power of the Whole
      5. Showing Restraint and Preserving Space
      6. In Sum
    2. 8. Creating Purpose and Focus
      1. Differences Provide Context and Meaning
      2. Tokonoma and the Art of the Focal Point
      3. Establishing a Strong Design Priority
      4. Adding Motion to Make a Point
      5. In Sum
    3. 9. Achieving Harmony
      1. Simplify to Unify
      2. Noticing the Similarities
      3. Providing Visual Cues
      4. Connecting the Elements
      5. Using a Grid to Provide Structure
      6. 10 Japanese Aesthetic Principles to Consider
      7. In Sum
  9. The Journey
    1. 10. Slide Samples
      1. Takehime Pudding The Best Sweets in Ikoma, Nara
      2. The Gulf of Mexico
      3. Smoke: The Convenient Truth
      4. How Bacteria Talk
      5. Thirst
      6. In Sum
    2. 11. Continuous Improvement
      1. Long-Term Improvement: Kaizen
      2. The Lessons Are All Around You
      3. Tips for Long-Term, Continuous Improvement
      4. It’s All Up to You Now
  10. Photo Credits
    1. iStockphoto and Pixta
  11. Index

Product information

  • Title: Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations, Second Edition
  • Author(s): Garr Reynolds
  • Release date: December 2013
  • Publisher(s): New Riders
  • ISBN: 9780133440973