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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Chart Titles are Helpf ul 90 25 80 Same With t he Y Axis , Bu t Rememb er, It 's Turned 70 20 on The S ide, S o Harder to Read 60 Se rie s1 Se rie s2 50 15 East Se rie s3 Se rie s4 Se rie s5 40 West Se rie s6 Se rie s7 30 10 North Se rie s8 Se rie s9 Se rie s10 Se rie s11 20 5 10 0 0 1 4 1st Qtr 7 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 37 40 43 46 49 52 55 58 61 64 67 70 73 76 79 82 85 88 91 94 97 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 20 on The Side, So Harder to Read Series1 Series2 Series3 Can’t read the 15 Series4 Series5 Series6 Series7 Series8 titles unless you 10 Series9 Series10 Series11 use a white 5 background 0 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 37 40 43 46 49 52 55 58 61 64 67 70 73 76 79 82 85 88 91 94 97 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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