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The making of a presentation (part 2)

This is part 2 of «the making of 'Cultivating Creativity'», a presentation I entered in’s «World’s Best Presentation Contest».

Finding a form

OK, so now I had a plan for my presentation. Not only that, but I already had a fairly clear idea about the look of the piece. As this would be designed exclusively for the Slideshare-contest it had to work without sound an the text would have to be legible even in a small embedded flash-player. The idea was to use huge type in a one-word-per-slide layout emphasizing the do's and do's. I planned to display each word followed by a similar slide where an illustration was composited on top of the former slide.

As the two big-word parts of the presentation were to deal with different tasks I figured I'd better find some clever means to separate them visually as well. For the "feed your brain"-part I decided to go for an 'active' colour like green, while I reserved a nice pale blue for the more passive "rest your brain"-segment. I immediately fired up Photoshop and after experimenting I decided on the font Hattenschweiler.

To make the text a little less boring I gave them a slight gradient. I still wasn't 100% satisfied with the look, but finished the first iteration of these slides to see how it played. Oh, what a snooze-fest. While there was nothing wrong per se with the slides I found it impossible to concentrate while watching through them. If I couldn't entertain myself, how could I expect to keep the anyone else's attention!? Back to the drawing board then...