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Presentation Animation, Orientation, and Aspect

…16:9 version of a template for presentations. More projectors are using the wider aspect ratio which make it great for corporate presentations. Presentation Orientation ​Another possible way to differentiate between the slidedocs and slides is to use portrait mode for slidedocs, which allows it to mimic a traditional document, and use landscape mode for projected presentations. This is not a hard rule, just an optional way to help distinguish t…


The Perfect Meeting Document

How Will You Use Slidedocs as Meeting Documents? Simply put, slidedocs communicate on your behalf. When information needs to be conveyed without the help of a formal presenter, slidedocs serve this purpose /1 As a Meeting Pre-Read The most effective conversations happen when everybody is fully informed. By distributing a slidedoc before a meeting, you can reserve a majority of the meeting for building consensus. This is particularly helpful…


The Cure for Dense Slides

Slidedocs are visual documents, developed in presentation software, that are intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. At Duarte, we would be willing to make three bets: ​1. You already know what slidedocs are ​2. You already have slidedocs floating around your organization ​3. You yourself have already created a slidedoc ​How can we be so sure? Because it’s been in front of us the whole time—this awesome way of communicating inf…


Long Presentation Tips: Create a Slidedoc

…iecemealed it together, or “Frankensteined” slides from different decks. They’ll assume you created the slidedoc without caring about how they need to process the information. ​Great slidedocs spread quickly. If you’re the author of great slidedocs, your strategy, thinking, and solutions will be latched onto by the organization and become core to the company’s success. Slidedoc content helps spread your ideas, making it easy for people to repurpo…


Presentations Can Travel With An Appendix

You can add a lot of content to your presentation slides There are many ways to create effective visual documents, known as slidedocs. You can take your cinematic presentations and turn them into slidedocs to send to your audience as follow-up material after the presentation. ​In the layouts below, you’ll notice there’s a small image of the slide on the top left of the page, and a quadrant graphic and quote on the top right. ​This example shows…


Presentation Grid Layout

…e to which they can align. Aligning images to a grid makes it feel like they have a sense of place, as if they have a space they “belong” in. ​Laying out the type within a grid determines the width of your text. In slidedocs, long text blocks should be arranged in columns. The grid determines how wide you make the columns. Grids in Use ​Publications have structure. Above, a grid is laid over the structure of a magazine spread. ​This grid is const…


Make Better Presentations with the Right Tools

…r have advised people on how to create sparse, highly visual presentations. So, it might come as a surprise to hear us support another use for slide software. We’ve been creating slidedocs for the past 25 years because they help quickly spread our clients’ ideas around their organizations. ​Slidedocs work because: ​Uniform format of a slide encourages clear, succinct articulation and visualization of concepts on one page. ​Editable nature allows…


Presentation Templates & Slidedoc Templates

​As an organization, you may want to develop two distinctly different templates for presentations and slidedocs. Slidedocs are documents in slide format without a presenter; slidedocs have the same great visuals and more text than a presentation, but less text than an actual document. WIth distinct templates for each, it will be easy for your employees to identify whether their content is to be read or presented. Each organization should make i…


Slidedocs Workshop

…t business ideas start in deep, dense documents. Duarte’s Slidedocs half-day workshop brings design thinking to dense documents to activate decisions. You will learn how to: Define the differences between presentations and Slidedocs™ Understand when to use each tool Identify five uses for Slidedocs Determine the best method to create your Slidedoc based on use Understand the architecture of a Slidedoc Make Slidedocs more skimmable through hie…


Create a Unified Presentation System

Jennifer Aake r is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford GSB and teaches the “Power of Story.” The workbooks for her class are slidedocs. Slidedocs are a new medium with the visual punch of a presentation that allow for extended text that your audience can read without a presenter. Using this powerful tool, your information can travel through an organization without you. The following examples are designed by Brandon Ly and wri…