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1 Effective Presentations & Posters Cynthia D. Hollingsworth Coordinator of Instructional Design IU School of Nursing Copyright © Updated 2014 Cynthia D. Hollingsworth. All rights reserved.

2 Objectives 1.Select color schemes that support message 2.Use visual display to reinforce purpose 3.Motivate audience to action 1

3 Workshop Topics Templates Colors Layout Typography Visuals Tips Posters 2

4 You ARE IU Use IU Branded Templates https://iu.box.com/presentationtemplates 3

5 Computer Display vs Printed Page Colors Computer display –Red, Green, Blue (RGB) Printed page –Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (CMYK) 4

6 Color Wheel 5 Secondary colors (inside – combine adjacent primary colors) Primary colors (outside)

7 Temperatures Cool colors (blues, greens) –background Warm colors (reds, yellows) –foreground 6 GOOD This shows warm foreground color on a cool background color POOR This shows cool foreground color on a warm background color

8 Contrasts Greatest contrast – primary color pairs Least contrast – secondary color pairs 7 GOOD This pair of primary colors has good contrast POOR This pair of secondary colors has poor contrast

9 Complimentary Pairs Secondary color + opposite primary color 8 Greatest light/dark contrast Yellow / Blue Greatest cold/warm contrast Red / Cyan

10 Contrasts 9 Energy, clarity & sharpness Confusing & overwhelming Soothing & subtle Boring & bland

11 Color Associations 10 Vibrancy, energy Growth Serenity Royalty Earthy Purity Implications: national, cultural, religious, holidays

12 Page Layout 11 Landscape Electronic Presenta tion Portrait Not

13 Prominence 12 1 Most prominent 2 Next prominent 3 Least prominent

14 Point Order First point & the title receive greatest attention Middle points receive less attention Last point receives almost as much attention as the first point 13

15 Building a Slide " One One TopicConcise Phrases Minimal punctuation 7 7 Parallel construct SPELLING, SPELLNIG, SPELLING

16 Type Size Body text – minimum of 24 pt (this is 32 pt) Title text – 36 to 44 pt 15

17 16 Fonts Type –Sans Serif has no “feet” – Serif has “feet” Attributes –Use Mixed Case –Don’t use ALL CAPS except titles THIS IS HARD TO READ – Apply only 1-2 attributes– THIS IS HARD TO READ Note: Make sure fonts are installed

18 17 General Text Points Alignment –Left – body text and titles –Justify – nothing Abbreviations & Acronyms –PE (Pulmonary edema? Physical education? Pulmonary embolism?) Punctuation –minimal or none

19 18 Personalize Graphics

20 19 Enrich Graphics

21 20 Clipart vs. Photos

22 21 Size Matters

23 Graphs 22 Complementary colors Sufficient color contrast Explanatory key Clean lines

24 Graphs 23 Pie charts that build focus the users’ attention on key components

25 Tables 24 Purity Earthy Royalty Serenity Growth Vibrancy Association White Brown Purple Blue Green Red Color RedVibrancy GreenGrowth BlueSerenity PurpleRoyalty BrownEarthy WhitePurity

26 Polish your Presentation Transitions Left-to-right or top-to-bottom Minimal “whiz-bang” Auto-timing Sufficient time to read Backup Plan for technology glitches Practice; don’t memorize 25

27 Presentation Tips Use laser pointer Face your audience Block future points Show controls Darken lights over front of room Dim, don’t turn off, lights 26

28 Posters Good resource 27

29 28 CREDITS Kupsh, J. Presentation techniques [online]. (1997, January 3). Sound & Vision Pro. Available: (2000, January 11). Radel, J., & Massath, C. Designing effective visuals [online]. (1997, March 19). University Kansas Medical Center. Available: ml (2000, January 11). _____. Understanding Color. Hewlett Packard. Walch, S. Step 10: Using visual aids [online]. (1997). The Pennsylvania State University Department of Speech Communication. Available: (2000, January 11).


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