Designing a Presentation

with Justin Seeley
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Designing a Presentation
Video duration: 0s 2h 14m Intermediate


Whether you're pitching an idea to the boss or delivering a speech at a conference, an engaging presentation will help you reach your audience and emphasize your message. Join staff author Justin Seeley as he explains what goes into a great slideshow—one that aids, not detracts from, the story you want to tell—and shows you how to create your own. Learn to develop themes from selected colors, images, and fonts and start adding content. Then showcase your data with charts and graphs, add animation and transitions, and control focal points, or areas you want to draw your audience's attention to. The lessons in this course work with a variety of presentation software, including PowerPoint and Keynote.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the tools of the trade
  • Setting up a slide deck
  • Developing a slide theme with fonts, images, and colors
  • Creating a storyboard
  • Choosing software
  • Using images as backgrounds
  • Exploring the rules of slide typography
  • Building charts and graphs
  • Creating text and image focal points
  • Effectively using animations and transitions
Business Design
Keynote PowerPoint


- [Voiceover] Hi, there. My name is Justin Seeley and I'm a staff author here at I'd like to welcome you to this course on designing presentations. Whether you're pitching your big idea to a group of VCs or delivering a key note speech at a conference, or just showcasing annual sales numbers at your company retreat, having a good presentation is essential. In this course, I'm gonna walk you through my process for creating effective and engaging presentations using a variety of different techniques, tools, and methodologies. First off, we'll talk about what makes up a great presentation and I'll show you some examples to that affect.

From there, we'll work on developing themes for your presentations. Where you'll learn how to select the right colors, images, and fonts for your presentations. Once we got our theme nailed down, we'll start putting it all together. Focusing on presentation typography, how to showcase data properly, and how to effectively control what I call "focal points". Hopefully, by the end of this course, you'll be well versed in the art of presentation building and ready to deliver your next project with confidence and style. Alright, enough talking. If you're ready, let's begin our look at designing presentations.

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