October 9 2016

Perfect your PowerPoint presentation

by Barbie in Academia, Design

One of the final steps of the capstone project or dissertation process is the defense, the point at which you present your study to your committee, field their questions, and share the contribution that your study adds to the larger body of research. Most students rely on a PowerPoint presentation to share their findings, and we edit many of those presentations for our clients.

Follow these tips to create an effective and convincing PowerPoint presentation.

Minimize Text

Your presentation should outline the topics you will discuss without reiterating everything you plan to say. Use each slide to provide an overview of the topic, and use the notes section to remind yourself of all the information you want to mention during your defense. Simply put, the less text, the better.

Use a Cohesive Design

PowerPoint offers many design options, but don’t get too excited and add too many elements to each slide. Instead, stick to a cohesive design from slide to slide. Use the same background color or pattern on each slide. Establish heading levels, and stick to the same font throughout. Implement these design features from your first slide to your last, and you’ll ensure that your design won’t distract your audience.

Add Visual Interest

Graphics engage your audience more than text, so use those well-designed figures and tables from your manuscript in your presentation as well. Choose those design elements that effectively convey your findings, and your findings will be more impactful during your presentation.

Look at your PowerPoint as a supplement to your presentation. Remember, your knowledge of the subject surpasses anything that your PowerPoint can convey.

August 12 2010

What’s your default font?

by Barbie in Design

If you’re new to Microsoft 2007, you might have noticed that the default font changed from Times New Roman, 12 pt. to Calibri, 11 pt. Why the change? Microsoft’s reliable standby, Times New Roman, is a serif font, while Calibri is sans serif. Generally, it is believed that serif fonts are better for printed documents, while sans serif fonts are more effective on the web. Perhaps Microsoft assumes that we view most documents electronically, rather than printing them, these days.

Have you gone along with Microsoft’s change, or are you sticking with trusty Times New Roman?

Here’s a tutorial on how to change the default font in Word for all you serif font fans: Microsoft Office: Set the Default Font

January 12 2009

Color of the Year

by Barbie in Design

Happy New Year!

With 2009 underway, we are looking forward to another year of discussing document trends and offering helpful tips. To start the new year off right, let’s take a look at color trends for 2009.

Pantone has released its 2009 color of the year — the bright, cheery Mimosa yellow. Both document designers and graphic artists should take note of this designation; you might be seeing brightly hued documents and logos for the next year.

Check out more information on the color of the year selection from Pantone.

November 26 2008

Designing logos

by Barbie in Design

Here’s a neat site that looks at the time-consuming process of designing logos.


Anyone involved in the document-design process¬† — from graphic artists to technical writers and editors — will find this information interesting. Enjoy!