Yesterday, lost in a Barnes & Noble, I luckily picked up "Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations"
by Nancy Duarte. Who's she? Beats me, but the book rocks.
Too often presentations get caught up in the gee-whiz of the technology. Doesn't it seem like PowerPoint and its ilk set us up to create BORING presentations? Just because we can
use a decaying slide transition, doesn't mean we should
! If only each new slide started was a blank slate instead of a bullet point tricking us into some thin, pedantic sentence fragment.
Lose the technology! Start with pencils, pens, sticky notes, white boards: something analog
, something dialogue
As someone who grudgingly agrees with Tufte's scathing critique of PowerPoint
, this book is a breath of fresh air.
The chapter titles speak.
Here are two of them.
Chapter 2: Creating Ideas, Not Slides
Chapter 5: Thinking Like a Designer
Two Fridays from now I'll present an analysis from a round of user research. This book has re-inspired me: I'll apply some good slideology.