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Presentation skills: Designing Presentation Slides

Tomsk State University via Coursera

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

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 437 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    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.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I didn't always agree with the teacher's design suggestions, but that's understandable, because design is subjective and trends change. I loved how passionate he was, and how he was open about the fact that he's not a professional graphic designer. I...
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    Alejandro P.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    One of the easiest ways to start your journey in slide-design.One of the easiest ways to start your journey in slide-design.One of the easiest ways to start your journey in slide-design.One of the easiest ways to start your journey in slide-design. One...
  • 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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The worst course I've ever seen! It's more like a person throwing random ideas here and there, without deeply explaining certain steps or methods to apply those ideas. I mean, I'm a slides-design virgin -and many of the course students are as well-. however,...
  • Abrahan G.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    with no hesitation, you should take this course.

    amazing course-short and funny. For any beginner in designing slides, for people who are sceptical about what colour to choose, what chart to use or what decoration should the slide have.
    the peer-graded assignments are so beneficial and you will notice how much you get better by doing them, also the quizzes are very good at recapping information and reminding you about the main ideas
  • Julia B.

    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!
  • Maxkamov I.

    Maxkamov is taking this course right now.

    I always work and create slides with PowerPoint. I thought that I am in professional level. But in this course I felt myself in the beginner level. I am very thanfully to my mentor. I discovered so many things which they'll be baggage for me in the futher work. All lessons are different and unsimiliar. The course is awesome, super. Thank you!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good course, highly recommended for those who spend a lot of time creating presentations.

    I appreciate the way the teacher teaches against a simple framework that's reiterated throughout the course. He uses examples and highlights practical advice for each while also tying it all back to the simple framework.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is utmost fruitful to me and the mentor is too good and having the capability to explain all the points such a way that everybody can easily understand.I have learnt so many things from this course that helps me to design good slides for the presentation.Thank you .
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    Magdalena M.
    This is the best course I ever had. This is very useful specially to me. Being a teacher I used to prepare slides for my classroom use. The learning I got from this course were really fantastic. After attending this online course, I noticed that my presentation slides improved a lot. Thank you Coursera.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a beautiful journey I've learned a lot of new information I realized how much of mistakes I was making, it's not only about designing slides but also about how to be more clear and simple and go straight to your endpoint I highly recommend it, it was enjoyable.
  • Anonymous
    It is an EXCELLENT course offed by Coursera. I really enjoyed learning in-depth about presentation skills through Prof. Alexie. It was really a great experience an d i would also suggest other fellow students interested in presentation skill to join this course.
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • Anonymous
    This is really great course, I learn something worthy from the course. The couese instructor is amazing, he tries to understand the classes easily. I am thankedful to our course teacher.
  • Anonymous

    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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