Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

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No matter where you are on the organizational ladder, the odds are high that you've delivered a high-stakes presentation to your peers, your boss, your customers, or the general public. Presentation software is one of the few tools that requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. slide:ology fills that void.

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Overview

No matter where you are on the organizational ladder, the odds are high that you've delivered a high-stakes presentation to your peers, your boss, your customers, or the general public. Presentation software is one of the few tools that requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. slide:ology fills that void.

Written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, this book is full of practical approaches to visual story development that can be applied by anyone. The book combines conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands. With slide:ology you'll learn to:

  • Connect with specific audiences
  • Turn ideas into informative graphics
  • Use sketching and diagramming techniques effectively
  • Create graphics that enable audiences to process information easily
  • Develop truly influential presentations
  • Utilize presentation technology to your advantage

Millions of presentations and billions of slides have been produced — and most of them miss the mark. slide:ology will challenge your traditional approach to creating slides by teaching you how to be a visual thinker. And it will help your career by creating momentum for your cause.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596522346
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 67,431
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Principal of Duarte Design since 1990, Nancy Duarte passionately pursues the presentation development and design niche. One of the largest design firms in Silicon Valley and listed as a top woman-owned business in the area, Duarte Design is one of the few agencies in the world focused solely on presentations, whether they are delivered in person, online or via mobile device. Nancy's twenty years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders has influenced the perception of some of the world's most valuable brands and many of humanity's common causes.

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Table of Contents


Ch. 1 Creating a New Slide Ideology 1 Ch. 2 Creating Ideas, Not Slides 25 Ch. 3 Creating Diagrams 43 Ch. 4 Displaying Data 63 Ch. 5 Thinking Like a Designer 81 Ch. 6 Arranging Elements 91 Ch. 7 Using Visual Elements: Background, Color, and Text 113 Ch. 8 Using Visual Elements: Images 157 Ch. 9 Creating Movement 179 Ch. 10 Governing with Templates 203 Ch. 11 Interacting with Slides 217 Ch. 12 Manifesto: The Five Theses of the Power of a Presentation 251 References 263 Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Don't just Complain, Do something Constructive about PowerPoint!

    After having seen some of Nancy Duarte's material on a Vizthink webcast, and having seen some books discussing the pitfalls and merits of PowerPoint as a medium, I was anxious to read this book. With a combination of an excellent understanding about how people actually consume information, a wealth of experience in designing messages for consumption, and a natural talent for design and information, Nancy Duarte has a real winner here. Take it in small bites, read a chapter at a time, and I'm sure you'll find, as I did, that you'll be going back to the PPTs you've put together, to see how you can infuse your presentation materials with some of these insights. Don't get overwhelmed by the master's work, get inspired by the pieces you can understand and get started on your own journeyman's work! This is definitely part of my top shelf library now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Duarte ROCKS!

    Nancy Duarte makes compelling arguments for better presentations. Fillled with lots of examples of GOOD design.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Excellent for all who need to create presentations or give them.

    If you follow the advice in this book you will be less likely to give a boring, 'death by Powerpoint' presentation again.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

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    Great Idea Book, Make Your Presentation Sell Itself

    This book is an excellent example of how a great book and make one's life in the corporate world better. The way the writer explains how the presentation used right, and wrong, can make or break your point. An easy read, and very understandable.
    A must buy for all people trying to make a point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    General purpose guide

    a decent help in making presentations. a little generic but that maximizes the audience. if you specialize in a particular field you'd be well served by additionally studying compelling visuals for that field.

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