The design of your PowerPoint presentation is often underestimated. Everyone knows the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. A well-designed PowerPoint can help deliver your message to the audience. That is why we have gathered some important PowerPoint design tips below to help you steer your presentation in the right direction.
1. Keep it short and Clear
One of the most important things to remember is that PPT is a tool to support your story. Avoid putting the literal text on the screen. Focus only on the key points you want to make with your talk
2. Choose the right font
Try and pick a classic Sans-Serif font instead of a creative one. Picking the wrong font can easily cause your text to be unreadable for your audience. Always try to use Computer system fonts. Verdana, Calibri and Arial, for example, are all safe choices.
3. Avoid the use of flashy transitions
Avoid the use of flashy transitions such as text fly-ins. These features may seem impressive at first, but are distracting and get old quickly. PowerPoint offers the most diverse transitions, which are usually experienced as distracting and childish. A simple ‘fade’ effect to go from slide to slide is more than enough.
4. Simplify your tables as much as possible
Tables are usually crammed with information and numbers. This causes the slide to look crowded and chaotic. In this case, it is important to visualize the tables as simple as possible. Delete unnecessary outlines, colors and borders. ‘Keep it simple’ and ‘less is more’ are key phrases to take in mind whilst designing tables.
5. Use basic colouring
Colors are often used to give the slide some ‘flair’. When picking colors it is important to define your audience and the purpose of the presentation. It’s good to use vibrant colors in a presentation for a primary school. However, when in a formal setting, you will have to define your colors based on your target audience.