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Thursday, August 24, 2006
  Present Like a Penguin...

PowerPoint Penguin

It is cool to present like penguin...

You can dress conservatively, waddle to the podium, and start quacking under your breath like a Batman villain.

Or Dick Cheney.

But that is only one way to present like a penguin...

Another way?

Go retro.

Go black and white.

In a sea of high-tech presentations, you can stand out by entirely eliminating color from your presentation. Black on white (or white on black) includes the element of drama. High-impact.

Simple, clear, and powerful.

Just like the mighty penguin?

(BTW - the penguin image is this week's free image download at iStockPhoto.com . I love iStockPhoto for image downloads....often as little as $1 a pop, perfect for PowerPoint presentations. And when you join (for free) you can download their "free image of the week". This week, it was the penguin -- cool!)

Comments:
The master of the black-and-white presentation of course is Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig.

An excellent example is his Free Culture presentation (flash).

Also see Presentation Zen
 
This is all well and good as far as being cool and different but it also make the presentation virtually impossible to read for over 1 in 10 of the population.

I'm talking about dyslexics. Black/white is the worst combination for clarity. Edges of letters become fuzzy and things merge together. A pale background like light blue or even cream can make all the difference.

It may not be cool, but at least it will be clear!
 
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