Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations (Voices That Matter Series)

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Overview

In his internationally acclaimed, best-selling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, presentation master Garr Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now, he takes us further into the design realm and shows how we can apply time-honored design principles to presentation layouts.

Throughout Presentation Zen Design, Garr shares his lessons on designing effective presentations that contain text, graphs, color, images, and video. After establishing guidelines for each of the various elements, he explains how to achieve an overall harmony and balance using the tenets of Zen simplicity. Not only will you discover how to design your slides for more professional-looking presentations, you’ll learn to communicate more clearly and will accomplish the goal of making a stronger, more lasting connection with your audience.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In today's economy, all of useven those of us who aren't trained as designersmust become design thinkers. But how? At last, Garr Reynolds has unlocked the secrets and presented them in a compelling and useful way. Whether you're a professional preparing a talk, a student tackling an assignment, or anyone trying to craft a richer life, Presentation Zen Design is the most important book you will read this year."
Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind & Drive

"To change the world, you need to pitch. To pitch, you need to design. To design, you need this book."
Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder, Alltop.com, and former chief evangelist of Apple

"Garr has once again visually captivated readers with a book that will inspire millions to communicate effectively. He wove together freshly inspired Zen concepts and displayed them breathtakingly. Read this book, I know it will take your breath away as it did mine."
Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte Design, and author of the best-selling book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

"No visual backdrop will energize a lukewarm, uninspired message. But wrap a clear, powerful, authentic presentation in great design and you get what every speaker aspires to: electrical connection with your audience. Buy this book and learn from the best design educator on the planet. Your audience will thank you."
Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321668790
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 1/29/2010
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 650,913
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Garr Reynolds is the author of the best-selling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery with over 100,000 copies sold and translated into 17 languages. A leading authority on presentation design and delivery and sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, musician, and long-time student of the zen arts, he is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and Director of Design Matters Japan. Garr’s popular blog on presentation design and delivery is at www.presentationzen.com
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1 • Design Matters
Section 1
SLIDE ELEMENTS
Chapter 2 • Typography
Chapter 3 • Color
Chapter 4 • Imagery
Section 2
DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Chapter 5 • Space
Chapter 6 • Contrast
Chapter 7 • Unity
Chapter 8 • Focal Point
Section 3
SAMPLE SLIDES
Chapter 9 • Technical talks
Chapter 10 • Non-technical talks
Chapter 11 • Learning from the world around you
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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    Fantastic Book Improves your Powerpoint's!

    This book is pretty much the master guide to presentation design. It's in the name of the book and it doesn't lie. The author is very successful and he really knows and does what he teaches you in this book. Fantastic book and Highly recommend to anybody that has a real job

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    PZ: essential for anyone who presents information

    Garr Reynolds is a zen master... at demonstrating how you can enhance your presentations through clarity and design sense. His second in the Presentation Zen series is a must-have for presenters of all kinds who are serious about stepping up their game! If you want the information you present to have the greatest impact, the examples in PZ Design will help you pitch the bullet points and pull in the style.

    Reynolds draws from his experiences with Japanese culture (wabi-sabi, umbrella making, go-shiki, and more) to demonstrate to the reader how less can be so much more. Examples of BAD powerpoint are used as contrast against several examples of good slides, so that the reader immediately sees the differences between the two... and more importantly, comes away with various visions of a more powerful way to make the same point.

    As a former humanities major who never expected to have to learn how to craft visuals, reading Reynolds' books was the college class I never took. I now know what good choices in color, placement, negative space, and fonts LOOK like and can use these better choices to my advantage. People remember my presentations now, and my content comes together in a much more cohesive way. Sayonara, death by powerpoint! This book is my secret weapon, and it can be yours too.

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