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on 21 January 2009
Pros:
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!

Cons:
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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on 27 September 2008
This is a very good book, but not quite 5 stars worth. It is beautifully put together, as you would expect with such strong design principles. It is full of many real life examples and case studies. The ideas are always sound, and sometimes breathtaking.

The lost star is that it moves so quickly from one idea to another, with the desire to make each idea palatable I assume. This succeeds, but the outcome is twofold. Firstly, as you are tantalised with a new area of interest it moves so quickly onto the next; I felt continually underfed. Secondly, it made the book feel a little fast-cut. Like some modern films that cannot hold shot for more than 3 seconds, it feels disjointed when really it isn't.

So this is a lovely book, wonderfully put together, I just wish it had held onto some thoughts a little longer.
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VINE VOICEon 5 November 2008
If you buy one book on designing presentations, make it this one. Nancy Duarte gives away all the secrets of her company, experts in designing and refining presentations for the likes of Al Gore.

Where books like Presentation Zen (also recommended) give you a style to aim for, this focuses more on the basic tools and techniques. The coverage is simply breathtaking, including type, colour, grids, and even a basic primer on photographic composition.

Reading this book, and applying the lessons in it, will change the way you view presentations. It will also change the way other people see you as a presenter. More than worth the money.
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on 2 October 2008
As other reviewers have pointed out, this is a stunning book where the messages leap clearly from the page.

Ostensibly about presentation and using power point, the messages presented are easily transferable to other communications media such as advertising and the web. Whether you're about to give a presentation or not, you can use the information here to improve your communication skills in other media.

Highly recommended for those wishing to improve their communication skills, using power point or other communication technologies.
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on 20 June 2009
If you think you can't learn anything about creating a presentation, think again. If you think presentations are dull, think again. This book really does offer an expert insight into something many business people do (very badly) every day.
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on 5 December 2013
Anyone who wants to improve the contect and the structure & visual delivery of their slides will benefit from this book.
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on 3 June 2016
Coming from a software background I have had little interest in designing slides and presentations until now!
The reader is taken on a wonderful journey through design concepts that will ultimately help you deliver well presented and more informative slides.
What a brilliant and memorable book.
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on 9 April 2012
I Just bought this book.

It's not a 'kindle version' - it's a PDF, which won't even open on my Kindle!

It opens on my iPad, but everything is too small to read. It opens on my computer, but it's useless really. A PDF would work better in a PDF reader.

It's beyond useless, a total rip-off and a farce.

I seriously want my money back. This is shocking
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VINE VOICEon 13 March 2009
I travel across Europe and deliver between 2-3 presentations a week to audiences ranging from 10 - 200 people. I work in the tech sector and I bought this book as inspiration to get away from the myriad of boring "death by powerpoint" presentations my audience are subjected to before I get up and speak.

This is a great book for helping me achieve that goal. It focuses a significant amount of attention on the small details that go into making a presentation effective and now I approach slide creation as a fun and creative process, rather than something laborious and a waste of time.

However, this is not "how to use powerpoint" or indeed "how to deliver great presentations", this is purely and simply "how to make your slides have visual impact", if you're happy with the corporate templates your company issues you, or even if you use powerpoint templates as your start, I suspect this book will be wasted on you.

1 criticism of the book is that it doesn't take you through the process Duarte use themselves. They give you lots of side notes about Al Gore and Steve Jobs, but I would have been more interested in what they did with Al Gore's content to make it into the slides he uses in "An Inconvenient Truth". Instead, this book shows you the before and after of bad then good slides. The journey those slides went on is not explored at all.

For an approach on how to get better at presenting, buy Presentation Zen and for a book on how to implement what "Zen" teaches you, buy this book.

The combination of the 2 is great value and you will use the content you read here time and time again.
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on 9 October 2008
"Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations," by Nancy Duarte is a book that will change the way you think about your presentations. Almost anybody who has ever had to deliver a presentation would benefit in some way from reading this book.

The structure of the book follows the process that you'll ideally use in the course of developing a presentation, from coming up with the presentation content itself to developing the slides. At every step of the way, Duarte explains not only how you should create your presentations (e.g. how graphs and charts should be presented), but also why your information should be presented that way. Following Duarte's advice results in a slide deck that supports and enhances your presentation, rather than having the deck detract from or (even worse) BE the presentation. The result is a presentation where there is actually a good reason for the existence and content of each slide.

You might be thinking that you're not a designer, so you won't be able to create a presentation as good as some of the examples highlighted in the book, but you don't need to be a designer to improve your presentations. The book does cover some of the fundamentals of design (color theory, fonts, etc.), and does so in an approachable way, so the non-designers in the crowd (which is most of us) will get at least some information about design fundamentals to help you improve your presentations.

A tiny nitpick is that I would have liked to see even more examples of "good" slides in the book - or even better, more examples of bad slides being turned into good ones. The case studies are great, but many of them are accompanied by an often full-page photo of the presenter. I'd have preferred to see that space given over to more images of the slides.

Overall, I found this to be an excellent book that will easily and immediately reward the time you spend reading it.
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