Making Objects Move and Change
Animation creates the illusion of movement. Presentation
software can be used to create an illusion of two-dimen-
sional (and even three-dimensional) animation.
The decisions you make while animating objects influence
how quickly the audience can process the information
but just as importantly, how much the audience has to
move their eyes to process the information. Text drop-
ping down and then bouncing into place is bothersome
and not meaningful. Plan out what pacing makes sense,
where objects will travel, and where the object is at in the
space. Sometimes using more than one animation feature
helps convey a story better.
In the samples below, objects animate to perform a specific
action. The action (as well as other potentially perceived
meanings) is followed by a representation of how it looks
on your slide, and then the actual animation command as
found in PowerPoint.