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Presentation skills: Designing Presentation Slides

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Tomsk State University via Coursera

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  • Language English
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  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

“Powerpoint slides are like children: no matter how ugly they are, you’ll think they’re beautiful if they’re yours” — Scott Adams, author of the comic strip “Dilbert”. Due to this cause or another, it’s a huge stress to look at most Powerpoint slides. Depending on the “design” skills of the speaker and audience’s taste slides create different emotions from a slight annoyance to physical sickness.

But that is not the worst thing. The worst thing is that instead of improving the presentation such slides confuse the audience, distract it and finally oblige the speaker to explain them rather than being quite self-explanatory.

The goal of this course is to change that by equipping learners with a set of tools to create simple, clear and aesthetic slides which improve the presentation of the speaker. The course covers universal design principles, templates, colors, typefaces, slides’ typography, use of photos and pictograms, composition rules and ways to create clear and meaningful charts and diagrams.

This course is not a PowerPoint fundamentals course. You should have a basic knowledge of either Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote software.

Don’t meddle, make your slides matter.

Syllabus

Part 1: Key principles of design
-This week is about key principles of slide design. Non-designers usually can’t tell a good slide from a mediocre one. If they could we wouldn’t have had so many bad slides all around us. So this week we are going to fix this by learning the key principles of slide design.


Part 2: Templates and colors meaning
-This week is about templates, colors and fonts. What's wrong with most templates? Which page decorations should you use to make your slide look beautiful? (None!) What information can we pass through the colors? How to choose a typeface? Does a proper typeface make all the difference? (Yes, it does).

Part 3: Typography and photographic illustrations
-This module is about typography and photographic illustrations. Applying basic typography rules allows making decent looking slides only with text. The same goes to tables. If that’s not enough there are icons — do’s and don’ts of them when you try to spruce up your text-only slides. And finally using photos and vector arts to create really gorgeous stunning slides. Basic rules on how to search them on photo banks, how to combine them with text, when icons should be used instead of photos and vice versa.

Part 4: Diagrams and data visualization
-This week is about typography and photographic illustrations. Applying basic typography rules allows to make decent looking slides only with text. The same goes to tables. If that’s not enough there are icons — do’s and don’ts of them when you try to spruce up your text-only slides. And finally using photos and vector arts to create really gorgeous stunning slides. Basic rules on how to search them on photobanks, how to combine them with text, when icons should be used instead of photos and vice versa.


Taught by

Alexei Kapterev

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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course. Probably the best designed course I've taken on Coursera and I've taken a lot of them. The presentations are interesting, entertaining but very educational. The quiz at the end of each chapter is not a push-over quiz, you actually have to go through the material to pass it, and finally the practice assignments are a real way to apply what you learned so you just aren't learning it academically but you put it into practice so the learning is real! Thank you so much for producing this course I greatly appreciate the amount of effort it must have taken to put this together so well.
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Badar M
5.0 11 months ago
by Badar completed this course, spending 40 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Well, I would recommend this course to everyone who in one way or other uses Powerpoint presentation whether you are a student or a professional. Everyone should have design sense. Every university in the world should have some courses on design for all students irrespective of their majors. Although i was using PPTs in university but i realized the design importance when I started a job where substantial amount of my work involved working on PPT. I really needed a course to learn and I guess I did find a very good course and that free of cost :) Well, I applied for financial support and coursera team was kind enough to grant me.

Well done.
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Abrahan G
4.0 a year ago
Abrahan completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Well I think that it's an appropiate course for those who already know how to make presentations in any software, and are looking for new ideas to improve their slides. The teacher explains each topic in an easy way to understand and use some examples to clarify. In my experience I really learned some technics to improve my presentations, because let's say it, mine were old too fashioned. I strongly recommend this course to anyone, and I just would like to say that the quizzes must be a little shorter. Thanks very much.
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
fantastic course, great presentor. I wish I had been able to take that course at the start of my career, 30 years ago.

What I like most about the course is how the presentor develops a typical ugly slide into something appealing in a step-by-step approach.

Interestingly, most of the steps are about REMOVING, not adding elements, such as color, decoration and so forth.

Highly recommended for anyone who has to produce, present or look at slides.
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Alejandro C
4.0 10 months ago
Alejandro completed this course.
very straight forward and easy to follow.

I only gave it 4/5 because the quizzes and exams don’t always properly evaluate the objectives of each part of the course.

great teacher, he’s a down-to-earth person and gives good advice for non-experts.

i definitely recomend this course. both for beginners and more advanced users who want to improve.
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Sourabh B
5.0 a year ago
by Sourabh completed this course.
This was my first Coursera course. And i must say I'm off to a great start. I loved this course everybit. I learnt so much about design.

The only problem i had was getting reviews on time. And I think the instructor also needs to review his student's assignments.

Thank you. This course was worth the time.
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Julia B
5.0 a year ago
Julia completed this course.
I have watched the video's and filled in most of the practice quizes. I think the video's are amazing, fun to watch, and most importantly: my powerpoint slides have improved a lot in very little time. I never knew what was wrong with my slides as they were not text heavy, but now I understand the problem and the solution!
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Anonymous
4.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent course. I, nevertheless, faced a lot of technical issues that can made following the course, sometimes painful.
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great class! It’s help me improve a lot in creating presentation.I have less skills and need a lot of improve for my work.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have completed all 4 weeks of the course. Just waiting to complete the projects of the last week

I will give a double thumbs up for this course, especially for the way in which, it is designed. Presenter got good knowledge in the presentation area and uses simple vocabularies to explain. Also the provided reading references are simply superb. Taking through the transformation of normal slides to a very presentable ones and explaining the changes in parallel, is a highlight for this course.

Only the assignment part can be fine-tuned, as too many questions are overlo…
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Leah B
5.0 6 months ago
Leah is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Awesome, highly advisable course . Great ideas, inspiring lecturer.

Before taking the class, I have considered myself as an expert in Power Point. I'm not a professional designer, but still my own presentations were better than 80% of the presentations that I have seen at the professional conferences. I was doubting whether this course will be a waste of time for me, but now I'm happy that I decided to take the course. I learned many efficient things and I can sense how my style developed from week 1 to week 4. As for the peer assignments, I saw that some of the peers were even better than me at making presentations, and I have learned from them and their styles too.
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have completed all learning materials for the course and am currently just pending feedback and review of my submitted exercises. It is really entertaining and fun, stimulating and rewarding. The instructor provides many good examples of do's and don'ts when it comes to design, key points are clearly presented (you would expect no less from a Powerpoint design expert, after all) and well discussed. The further readings are also very rewarding if you take the time. The exercises strike the right balance of giving the student a reasonable difficulty level and let them put their lessons into practice.
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very good and well-structured course! The lecturer explains the subjects in short words and illustrates his message with examples which makes it diverting. A new topic for me was “Peer-graded assignments” It was interesting for me to see how others are performing and how peers see my work. My time was not wasted when I look back at my older presentations and how I would do it now after the course.

Peter Glatte
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Anonymous
5.0 12 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
As the teacher said at the beginning, this class doesn't require the ability of design, which is wonderful for a beginner as me who wants to make good slides but have no idea what to do.

In this class I do learn a lot. And I especially like the teacher's example slide from a bad one to a good one, and the bad one is often one we would make before. Many many thanks to the teacher for giving this awesome class!
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Ludovico B
5.0 a year ago
Ludovico completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
In hindsight (this is one of the new instances I learned on this course) I can say it was easy but if you really take a look at it, the course is for sensible, logical and quite smart people.

I liked the organisation of the course, it is structured well and you can see how the difficulty rises as you do quizzes. But that didn't stop me. As soon as I finish the course, I can boast about my achievement.
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Anonymous
4.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really appreciate that the course is practical, giving concrete examples of how to improve slides and many useful hints without too much theory. The main principles are repeated, the lecturer is very clear and structured. Only some of the quizzes are a bit too long for my taste and it is not easy to reach 80% to able to complete it. Thanks a lot to coursera for providing this course!
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Excellent course about designing slides and data visualisation.

Alexei is clear, concise and give great examples.

Honestly, I was so bad with Powerpoint and today I'm still not that good but I improved a lot.

I'm not a creative guy but advices provided are great so at the end, I'm satisfied with my work.

One of the most useful and concrete course I've studied on Coursera.
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Chufuxuan C
5.0 a year ago
Chufuxuan completed this course.
A lot of instruction and guide inside and examples are very convective, even step by step. The course is really helpful for people who want to improve the skill to design a slide.

Three questions are mentioned again and again:

1. Why we need this (some items on the slide)? Do we really need it?

2. What's it the key message? What's the decision?

3. What can we delete?
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Evandro T
5.0 a year ago
Evandro completed this course.
it was a great pleasure to participate in this course where I was able to learn techniques for the preparation of presentations, which are already and helping in the presentations that I have to do in my work.

But not only in presentations as everything I do, now I have another look at the result, a more technical and assertive look.
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Leopar P
5.0 a year ago
Leopar completed this course.
I've taken many slide design courses but never found anything like this. The course contains

a lot more insight than just how to make slide aesthetically beautiful. This course is literally a course on how to effectively communicate through aesthetic design. If I can go back in time, this is the very first course I should take
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