Powerpoint: Zen, Jobs and Bullets

I’m giving a couple presentations in two weeks and am going to try to modify my PowerPoint slides to represent the simplicity of style explained in these posts that describe recent presentations made by Steve Jobs and Dick Hardt. The heart of the idea is to eliminate bullet points from the presentation and to make the visual information complementary rather than redundant with what you are saying during the presentation. This technique has apparently been used extensively by Larry Lessig, a law professor at Stanford, who has become known for PowerPoint slides that contain single words in a  typewriter font. Cliff Atkinson is a proponent of this approach and cites research that indicates a significant improvement in retention when using an approach described in his book. I think this makes sense, and fits in with the general movement supporting simplicity in design for optimal usability, as exercised by Apple and IDEO.

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