Podcast: Planning and Storyboarding

Is it worth spending the time it takes to sketch out graphical ideas in advance, or is it better to get started quickly and spend the time on the version you plan to hand off? Does it make sense to spend resources storyboarding a video, or is it wiser to spend that time shooting, as…

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Podcast: Pictograms, simplicity, and complexity

There’s often a conflict between conveying information quickly and conveying it effectively. How simply can you show the information without crossing over into obscurity? That line is where pictograms live. Some pictograms cross over that line and contain no information for people who haven’t learned the visual code, but are dense with information for those…

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Interview: Finding the right graphic design

Geetesh Bajaj, PowerPoint MVP, designs and sells high-quality PowerPoint templates on his site, Ppted.com. He also provides in-depth how-to information on his other site, Indezine.com, as well as writing the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit. Geetesh graciously took some time to answer a few questions from the Visual Communication and Design blog. All…

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Interview: Creating attractive PowerPoint presentations

Geetesh Bajaj, PowerPoint MVP, designs and sells high-quality PowerPoint templates on his Internet site, Ppted.com. He also provides in-depth how-to information on his other site, Indezine.com, as well as writing the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit. Geetesh graciously took some time to answer a few questions from the Visual Communication and Design blog….

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Podcast: Visual efficiency in design and in video demos

Visual efficiency means creating graphical elements and placing them to take advantage of the way the eye and brain work. We based our discussion around a presentation given by Ryan Coleman (linked below), who discusses four things that the eye and brain see first in any space: color, shape/orientation, size/proximity, and motion. We also talked…

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Interview: Designing PowerPoint templates and images

Geetesh Bajaj, PowerPoint MVP, designs and sells high-quality PowerPoint templates on his Internet site, Ppted.com. He also provides in-depth how-to information on his other site, Indezine.com, as well as writing the Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit. Geetesh graciously took some time to answer a few questions from the Visual Communication and Design blog….

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Matching message and presentation … with PowerPoint 2010

This presentation, which combines some of the new features in PowerPoint 2010 as well as a tasteful and integrated application of animation, provides five rules for matching your message and your presentation.   Office PowerPoint 2010 "Five Rules" sample presentation Nancy Duarte, writer of Slide:ology and principal of Duarte Design, is a master of creating beautifully…

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Podcast: Matching visuals and presentation style to your information

  Information is communicated not only by words in a message, but also in the way the message looks and the style of how it’s delivered. If these aspects don’t all work together, the message loses effectiveness. Listen to the episodeDuration: 15:05Size: 13.82 MB The article that inspired this episode: The Extreme Presentation(tm) Method blog…

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Podcast: Is familiarity or novelty a better strategy in visual design?

People get bored of seeing the same old things all the time. But they also don’t like things that are different. So what do you do when you’re planning how to back up your communication with effective visuals – go for novelty or familiarity? Listen to the episodeDuration: 16:07Size: 11.08 MB Some resources we used…

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Podcast: Should I think about design or is clear communication enough?

When you create a document or a presentation, is the information all that’s important? Is it worth spending time to make it look nicer, when there’s already barely enough time to finish? The answer may surprise you! Although probably not. And there isn’t really an answer that covers every situation. But still, it’s something you…

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