Hello, I am sure that whether you are a student or a teacher, you see slides in almost every lesson content, or in a project. So being a powerful supplementary material, slideshows offers us great flexibility and in some cases they are a lifejacket for us (especially when you are not prepared).
So, as an ELT student and more or less a graphic designer, I want to touch this slideshow preparation issue mostly by the design side, about how we can -as teachers or students, doesn’t matter- improve the quality of our slides and avoid being a doesn’t-fit-the-margin teacher. I will try to be as clear as possible, because most of the people complain that these technical terms sound like some kind of elvish to them. (they’re right, though.) So, let’s take a look at some aspects of preparing a bad presentation first:
How to prepare a bad slideshow
There is a saying that, doing something bad is more difficult than doing it well. So in this hard way, you are at the right spot if you want to create extremely boring and attention killer slideshows. So here are some guidelines for you to prepare one:
Step one: Overload Content
The basic principle through a bad slideshow is content overload. Don’t be afraid to put as much information as possible in a single slide. This improves the boooring effect, and also saves you time in the presentation process, because you will read all the things to make things worse. Never think using of any emphasizing technique such as using italics, boldface or even a different color.
Step Two: Don’t be afraid of the margins
Don’t forget, margins are your enemy, and for a bad presentation, you must fill every bit of white space with content. So using margins is a bad idea. The most successful bad presentation producers use this principle effectively and without hesitation in their projects.
Step Three: Never use a picture or illustration.
Using pictures and illustrations is a bad choice. These attract attention, who needs that? Instead of putting these visuals keep on overloading. Using visuals occupies the precious space you will be using for your content.
Step Four: Use templates that are very old-fashioned
Instead of keeping up with the recent design trends (like flat design), keep using templates that are from the 90s’ or early 2000’s. These templates generally occupy less space on the slide, so again it gives you the overload freedom. Searching for a more modern style template or even using those which are oriented landscape is out of the question.
- Use Comic Sans effectively.
- Don’t emphasize important aspects.
- Try to use as many fonts as you can.
- For body texts, use less than 12pts for a worse reading experience.
- Use only very detailed and complex charts as visuals.
There you go!
I hope this would be helpful for everybody. Joking aside, I will write about how we can improve our slideshows and visual decisions in the following posts, so post your comments and share your experiences below 😉