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Steal Apple’s Design Philosophy To Improve Your Presentations

At the World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) this week, Apple unveiled some pretty cool things: upcoming versions of its operating systems for mobile devices (iOS 7) and desktop computers (MacOS X “Mavericks”) as well as the next generation of its professional desktop computer, the Mac Pro.

Preceding all the news and announcements, though, was a nifty little video that explained Apple’s design philosophy:

If you design and deliver presentations regularly, the tie-ins should be obvious:

  • People remember what they feel
  • Doing something great means saying “no” to a lot of “good” things
  • Focus your presentation on one key idea

Want some specific suggestions for using these ideas in your presentations?

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Almost Everything You Need to Know About Typography in One Ginormous Infographic

This (really big) infographic shows non-designers (and designers) just about all you need to know about using type:

  • Limit yourself to three typefaces for a project (I usually recommend using two)
  • Choose type with sufficient contrast
  • Choose type that conveys the right message

If you’re interested in choosing specific typefaces/fonts for your presentations, see my recommendations here and here.

Props to Noodlor for the fine work and FastCompany for the link. Click the graphic below for a much larger and more readable version.

A Quick & Comprehensive Type Guide - Noodlor

The 5 Phonetic R’s of Creativity on Haiku Deck

The newest Haiku Deck is a fun and easy-to-use presentation tool for the iPad. The fact that it’s also free makes this app a must-have no-brainer for iPad presenters.

The deck above took me about 20 minutes to make and demonstrates the appeal of the app. Searching for the right images takes a bit of time but it’s far faster than sifting through stock photo sites, buying/downloading images, adding keywords, and importing them onto the slides.

I could easily take this deck and expand on last week’s creativity post to deliver a talk. This is what makes Haiku Deck so cool and so powerful.