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slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations: The Art and Science of Presentation Design [Paperback]

Nancy Duarte
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17 Aug 2008 0596522347 978-0596522346 1

No matter where you are on the organizational ladder, the odds are high that you've delivered a high-stakes presentation to your peers, your boss, your customers, or the general public. Presentation software is one of the few tools that requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. slide:ology fills that void.

Written by Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, this book is full of practical approaches to visual story development that can be applied by anyone. The book combines conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands. With slide:ology you'll learn to:

  • Connect with specific audiences
  • Turn ideas into informative graphics
  • Use sketching and diagramming techniques effectively
  • Create graphics that enable audiences to process information easily
  • Develop truly influential presentations
  • Utilize presentation technology to your advantage

Millions of presentations and billions of slides have been produced -- and most of them miss the mark. slide:ology will challenge your traditional approach to creating slides by teaching you how to be a visual thinker. And it will help your career by creating momentum for your cause.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (17 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596522347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596522346
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 23.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Principal of Duarte Design since 1990, Nancy Duarte passionately pursues the presentation development and design niche. One of the largest design firms in Silicon Valley and listed as a top woman-owned business in the area, Duarte Design is one of the few agencies in the world focused solely on presentations, whether they are delivered in person, online or via mobile device. Nancy's twenty years of experience working with global companies and thought leaders has influenced the perception of some of the world's most valuable brands and many of humanity's common causes.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent examples, methodical approach and a few really good insights and tips. Most of all, this book taught me that I am NOT being too pedantic about the perfection in my slides, and that I should actually be more pedantic!

A lot of this book is actually about delivering a presentation, rather than the actual design of the slides. This particular content provides nothing new, unless you have never had any training in presenting at all. Also, the book is very expensive for what it is; there are loads of pictures and not a huge amount of text, so it's all over and done with in no time at all.

In summary, I came away with a few really good insights into how I can make my presentations better - but I had to wade through quite a lot (and spend quite a lot) just to get just these few tips.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Old Clothes 25 Nov 2008
I had high hopes for this book. It looks very nice. It has the right nods to Tufte early on. But...

But the true content is very thin, includes a load of chart junk (the anti-Tufte - I guess the true cue is in the title, this is a PowerPoint book) and page after page of abstract diagrams demonstrating "flow" - much like the woeful second half of "Say it with Charts" which is about 50 pages of arrows.

Very very disappointing indeed.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cure for death by PowerPoint 16 Sep 2008
Comparing favourably with Presentation Zen Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter) this book is a superb guide to improving your presentations. Beautifully designed and presented (but would you expect anything less) the book takes a holistic view of presentation planning, design and delivery.

The author is the founder of her own presentation design business with a client list that reads like a who's who of the business world. Accordingly, samples of some of these presentations are included in the book.

Aside from practical pointers, this book will serve as an inspiration to presentation creators everywhere!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Visuals 25 April 2014
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In writing The Presenting Coach, I used this book in my research. It is a beautiful book, as you would expect. But it's more than that, it helps you through the art of making good presentation slides. This is the antidote to the complicated, fussy slides of old and guides the reader to think more about the audience-experience and how to make more impact with less on your slides.

I highly recommend it to those who are already good presenters but who want to bring elegance and sophistication into their slide presentation.

Tricia Woolfrey, Author of The Presenting Coach. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative 9 Nov 2013
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Reading this will put an end to your "slidewareness". You'll be able to get the best of a presentation. You'll stop boring people with your lengthy slides. You'll enlighten people with your messages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought - and some tips as well... 13 April 2010
Not a how-to-do-it book, but a much better why- (or why-not) to-do-it.
Highly recommended!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is indispensable reading for anyone who has to communicate using presentations and PowerPoint (or Keynote or Impress or whatever). Nancy Duarte lays out what she has learned from many years of experience producing professional presentations for the likes of ex VP Al Gore. Her "how to" approach works very well indeed. For example, she doesn't just say "make use of contrast" but shows five different patterns for using contrast in practice, illustrated with simple diagrams depicting contrasts in size, shape, shade, colour and proximity. This book makes advanced slide design accessible to anyone - if you present to other people, you must read this book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice reference book for creating slide visuals 2 April 2009
Designers probably will get most out of this book, but even without designer skills, there are valuable tips and tricks on improving the visuals on your slides.

I would recommend Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire to get a better idea on the concept of creating text-light slides. Content is king, so get this one first.

I'm not thrilled by some of the graphs slide:ology features. Other than that, I got a lot out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow / Inspiring
Anyone who wants to improve the contect and the structure & visual delivery of their slides will benefit from this book.
Published 9 months ago by chon donnelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version? no - it's a PDF!
I Just bought this book.

It's not a 'kindle version' - it's a PDF, which won't even open on my Kindle! Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, concise, inspirational
I recently purchased this book because I use Powerpoint in my teaching presentations and needed a guiding hand to put together an informative visual alternative to boring bullet... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by treasure
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good book
If you think you can't learn anything about creating a presentation, think again. If you think presentations are dull, think again. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2009 by Mr. P. Labrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Slide:ology Slick and Smart
High on content, one to keep coming back to.

Just get it.
Published on 22 April 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful companion
I travel across Europe and deliver between 2-3 presentations a week to audiences ranging from 10 - 200 people. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best There Is
This is most likely the best book on presentation design on the market.

Being mainly about presentation design, the book also discusses what to consider regarding the... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2009 by Morten Maegaard
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