Digital Presentations- Do’s and Don’ts

October 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

A presentation is how you get the information out into the world, so you want to make sure that you do it right. The differences between digital and physical presentations are minimal, so you could use all of these do’s and don’ts for either presentation, but they hone more for digital.

Don’t: Use stark black text over a stark white background. Or vice versa. It makes the viewer’s eyes strain too much to see or read what is on the presentation.

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Do: Use shades of gray as text color. It is much less contrast, so it won’t strain the eyes, but still provides enough contrast to keep it legible.

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Don’t: Use bright or blinding colors on your presentations. This is especially true for digital presentations because electronic devices such as projectors have a difficult time showing true colors, so your bright color could be even more blinding than you anticipated.

poor_choiceDo: If you do want to add some color, choose a less vibrant but still saturated color. If you would like to use a bright color, like yellow, use it sparingly and only on text that is large – so it will still be legible- or to as line weights to highlight something.

highcolorcontrastDon’t: Use an unprofessional font. We have all heard not to use Comic Sans, but there are other ones that you have to stay away from as well. Curly or cursive words can be difficult to read, especially when reading from a digital presentation.

bad fontsDo: Use serif or sans serif fonts, depending on what mood or style you are wanting to convey. Keep the text simple and easy to read.

ds-bp-10Finally, just know your presentation. Some call for a more subtle and simple format, while some call for more images and pizazz. It all depends on what you are trying to convey and what you are trying to highlight.

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Contributed by Beckie Yohn, [5th] year

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