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PowerPoint Design Trend – Hand Made Fonts

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Graphic designers are using hand made fonts in their print and multi-media materials. This is a trend that I’ve started to use in slide design.

What I like about it
There is something about a hand made font that makes a presentation come alive. I don’t know if it’s the freshness that helps us forget about stale corporate fonts that we’re required to use in most of our presentations or if it’s what I can only describe as the “motion” that these fonts bring to a slide. It’s an organic sort of motion verses traditional PowerPoint animation.

Hand Made Fonts 1

Why they could spell disaster

  • They might not be readable. Some of the funkier fonts are difficult to decipher — just like some people’s handwriting.
  • Your corporate template requires the use of approved fonts.
  • Not all fonts are embeddable in PowerPoint. So, if you plan on sharing your presentation with someone else — on another computer — your hand made font may not travel with your presentation. And lord knows what it will default to when someone else opens it. To learn all you can about using fonts in PowerPoint, read this book, Building PowerPoint Templates. It’s written by the experts in PowerPoint template design, Julie Terberg and Echo Swinford.

    Hand Made Fonts 2

Use them if you can. Make sure the text is readable against your slide background. Know what you company’s rules are for using fonts in presentations and make sure your font is sharable with other.

PowerPoint Design Trend – Supertext

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

You’ll find supertext, as I call it, making the rounds in television commercials. Similarly,  I’m finding — and using it — in PowerPoint design.

Designing supertext into your slide mix can result in mastery or mayhem - depending on how you use it.

Designing supertext into your slide mix can result in mastery or mayhem – depending on how you use it.

Why I like it

A slide using supertext is a great tool for leveraging the “single concept per slide” guideline. As a part of a mix of well designed slides, a simple text statement can go along way in supporting a presenter’s more detailed, verbal description of a concept.


Why it could be disastrous

PowerPoint users who cannot grasp the “less is more” concept, or who are unable to write succinct thoughts without bullet points will struggle to make this work. Also, I can see slide after slide of supertext becoming as boring, tiring and irritating as PowerPoint’s notorious bulleted slides.


Take away

Use it. Judiciously.




Microsoft Offers Webinar on PowerPoint Slide Masters

In Tutorial on July 2, 2014 at 11:26 pm

A video on excelling at PowerPoint slide masters.

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