slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations: The Art and Science of Presentation Design Paperback – 17 Aug 2008
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
Some of the reviews have been disparaging, as if the ideas shown here are somehow "obvious", or this book offers "nothing new". Well, they may be like that to some people, but sit through almost any business presentation, and it's clear that the vast majority of presenters haven't got a clue. This book is not for people who already know how to do it. It's for people who want to improve. As I teach presentation skills professionally, I bought it as both reference and professional development - I knew a lot of it already, but as I have never attended an art or design class, I also learned a lot. And although it focuses on slides, that's not all it looks at - there are many other aspects of presentations discussed that make it a far more rounded text. Ms Duarte reminds her readers again and again that a presentation is much more than just the slides.
There was only one thing that grated: some of the sample slides were very small, written in a miniscule font that was nearly impossible to read, even when the slide was clearly meant to be an improvement. Since there was plenty of space on each page, there was no clear reason why they had to be this tiny, and it went against the principle that was clearly espoused for presentations: make the font large and fully legible to your audience! So for this, I have deducted one star from my rating.
Otherwise, this book is excellent, and I would recommend it to anybody who wants to improve their presentations.
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!
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. [...]
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was recommended min one of the Garr Reynolds books and it does add more to the mix. This book gives some guidelines but leaves a lot of latitude for you to innovate with your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice book but it points out the obvious if you have created many presentations commerciallyPublished 18 months ago by Pete
Anyone who wants to improve the contect and the structure & visual delivery of their slides will benefit from this book.Published on 5 Dec. 2013 by chon donnelly
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. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Tof
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
Not a how-to-do-it book, but a much better why- (or why-not) to-do-it.
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