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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Podcast: Minimalism in writing and presentation

The concepts behind Minimalism have been an accepted part of good technical writing and presentation style for some time, but it never hurts to hear it again. Eric Schmidt just finished a two-day writing workshop on minimalism, and he talks about the most important lessons he took away from those sessions. Listen to the episodeDuration:…

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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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Learn by doing: Example of using games to teach software

In my last post, I talked about how I believe that appealing to multiple learning styles is the key to creating valuable instructional content. Obviously, one of the best ways to learn how to do a new (or frequently forgotten) task is to just do it. Office Labs, a group here at Microsoft, has embraced…

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Screencasts ARE documentation

We came across a blog post, written by a technical writer, who describes her personal experiences with creating screencasts. Her manager asked each member of her writing team to create a video featuring a product that they document. This line from the blog post strikes a chord for me: Another great thing: this product has…

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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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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: Using Visual Space Dynamically

Visuals are usually created with the display space in mind. If the display area is a certain size, you make your visuals fit in that space by shrinking things, rearranging them, leaving things out, or breaking them up into related spaces. But in the digital domain, only the window is generally fixed – the visuals…

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Podcast: Eye candy and aesthetics make things work better

  Research has indicated that attractive things are easier to use and work better than purely functional equivalents. Listen to the episodeDuration: 14:48Size: 10.4 MB We know it’s more fun to use tools and software and kitchen appliances that are not only well designed for use, but that are pretty too. In this episode, we…

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