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									The Worst Slide Deck
       Ever
               Joshua B. Gross, BA, MS
   PhD Candidate, Expected Graduation May, 2008
                  311B IST Building
   College of Information Sciences and Technology
          The Pennsylvania State University
              University Park, PA 16802
                Phone: (814) 865-3859
                 Fax: (814) 863-1122
               Email: jgross@ist.psu.edu
         Web: http://hci.ist.psu.edu/~jgross
    An Inappropriate Talk
          Overview
 Detailed explanation of some of my
  work
 Some background, but no context
 Lots and lots of data
   If you can’t do a good job, you can at
    least confuse people
 Conclusions that do not follow from
 the work
  Requisite Prior Knowledge
   for All CHI Attendees
 In order to understand my talk, you must
  know about
     Usability Engineering
     Web Design
     Ecological Psychology and Affordance Theory
     Activity Theory from Vygotsky to present
     Neurophysiology
     Geldard’s homunculus
     My prior work
     My advisor’s prior work
     Et cetera
 I will not explain any of these
               Talk Overview
Here I’ll include my entire abstract:
  Research into presentations at CHI and other conferences
  indicates that some people do a much better job of
  presenting their paper than others. While the slide deck
  isn’t the key to a great paper, a good slide deck is often the
  hallmark of a good paper. One of the most common mistakes
  is to put too much information on one slide.
Now I’ll say that I know you can’t read this much
  information, but it’s really crucial to the rest of
  my presentation.
Or I’ll read the slide to you - that’s fun for everyone!
                        A Really Bad Chart Example
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                                                                                                                    If You D on't Tell Me The X Axis , Ho w Will I Kn ow What it Is ?
           What’s Wrong?
 Too much data
 Unreadable                                                                                                          Chart Titles are Helpful




 Poor chart choice                                                         25




                          Same With the Y Axis, But Remember, It's Turned
 Legend doesn’t help
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                                  on The Side, So Harder to Read
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  Can’t read the
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  titles unless you
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  use a white
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                                                                                                    If You Don't Tell Me The X Axis, How Will I Know What it Is?




 Isn’t this a horrible
  background?
     One Point (and a Non
      Sequitor at That)
 Participatory design is the only
 correct solution!
    Latin and Other Foreign
           Languages
 While the argument may seem, in this case,
  post hoc ergo propter hoc, in reality res
  ipsa loquitur
   Latin phrases are another good way to confuse
    your audience
 Probably safe exceptions:
   Et al.
   Per se
   Etc. or et cetera
Questions?

								
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