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1 The Worst Slide Deck Ever Joshua B. Gross, BA, MS PhD Candidate, Expected Graduation May, B IST Building College of Information Sciences and Technology The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Phone: (814) Fax: (814) Web: Joshua B. Gross, BA, MS PhD Candidate, Expected Graduation May, B IST Building College of Information Sciences and Technology The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Phone: (814) Fax: (814) Web:

2 An Inappropriate Talk Overview G Detailed explanation of some of my work G Some background, but no context G Lots and lots of data G If you cant do a good job, you can at least confuse people G Conclusions that do not follow from the work G Detailed explanation of some of my work G Some background, but no context G Lots and lots of data G If you cant do a good job, you can at least confuse people G Conclusions that do not follow from the work

3 Requisite Prior Knowledge for All CHI Attendees G In order to understand my talk, you must know about G Usability Engineering G Web Design G Ecological Psychology and Affordance Theory G Activity Theory from Vygotsky to present G Neurophysiology G Geldards homunculus G My prior work G My advisors prior work G Et cetera G I will not explain any of these G In order to understand my talk, you must know about G Usability Engineering G Web Design G Ecological Psychology and Affordance Theory G Activity Theory from Vygotsky to present G Neurophysiology G Geldards homunculus G My prior work G My advisors prior work G Et cetera G I will not explain any of these

4 Talk Overview Here Ill include my entire abstract: Research into presentations at CHI and other conferences indicates that some people do a much better job of presenting their paper than others. While the slide deck isnt the key to a great paper, a good slide deck is often the hallmark of a good paper. One of the most common mistakes is to put too much information on one slide. Now Ill say that I know you cant read this much information, but its really crucial to the rest of my presentation. Or Ill read the slide to you - thats fun for everyone! Here Ill include my entire abstract: Research into presentations at CHI and other conferences indicates that some people do a much better job of presenting their paper than others. While the slide deck isnt the key to a great paper, a good slide deck is often the hallmark of a good paper. One of the most common mistakes is to put too much information on one slide. Now Ill say that I know you cant read this much information, but its really crucial to the rest of my presentation. Or Ill read the slide to you - thats fun for everyone!

5 A Really Bad Chart Example

6 Whats Wrong? G Too much data G Unreadable G Poor chart choice G Legend doesnt help G Cant read the titles unless you use a white background G Isnt this a horrible background? G Too much data G Unreadable G Poor chart choice G Legend doesnt help G Cant read the titles unless you use a white background G Isnt this a horrible background?

7 One Point (and a Non Sequitor at That) G Participatory design is the only correct solution!

8 Latin and Other Foreign Languages G While the argument may seem, in this case, post hoc ergo propter hoc, in reality res ipsa loquitur G Latin phrases are another good way to confuse your audience G Probably safe exceptions: G Et al. G Per se G Etc. or et cetera G While the argument may seem, in this case, post hoc ergo propter hoc, in reality res ipsa loquitur G Latin phrases are another good way to confuse your audience G Probably safe exceptions: G Et al. G Per se G Etc. or et cetera

9 Questions?


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