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					            Effective Design


            Microsoft PowerPoint 2003




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            Font
               Use a minimum of 24 point font

               It is really hard to read this




            This     probably
                will detract from
                the message
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            Font

               Avoid the use of italics or CAPS.

               IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ ALL CAPS
                AND SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE
                SHOUTING!

               Use highlighting to emphasize key
                words.

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            Font

               Use font types that are easy to
                read:
                 Times New Roman
                 Verdana

                 Arial

                 Bookman Old Style



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            Font

               These aren’t easy to read:
                 Blackadder ITC

                 Lucinda     Handwriting
                 Matisse

                 Wide       Latin


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            Background

               Use dark text on a light background

            Or…




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            Background

               Use light text on a dark background




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            Background

               Low contrast can make the slide
                difficult to read.

               Low contrast can make the slide
                difficult to read.

               Low contrast can make the slide
                difficult to read.

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            Text

               Keep It Simple

               Follow the rule of six:
                   No more than six words across
                   No more than six lines down


               Paraphrase whenever possible


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            Colors

               Always avoid reds and pinks

               These shades do not project well
                and tend to “move” or “jump” on
                the screen

               Many people have difficulty with
                these colors

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            Graphics
               Only use copyright
                free or fair use
                graphics

               Use graphics to
                enhance your
                presentation




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            Graphics
               Don’t overload
                your page with too
                many graphics




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            Presentation Tips

               Use a white slide to break up the
                presentation (and wake the
                audience up)




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            Presentation Tips

               The PowerPoint should enhance the
                presentation

               Never read directly from the slides

               Use the slides as a reference for
                further discussion and explanation


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            Credits

               Nick Dvoracek, UW- Oshkosh

               http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/LTC/ppt
                design_files/frame.htm




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            Prompt

            • If your students are going to create
              multimedia presentations, they
              need to know good design. Create a
              PowerPoint presentation that you
              can use to inform them of the
              elements of effective design. Your
              presentation should model these
              elements.


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