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We need another book about presentation design!

Not many people know that Garr is the one who talked me into writing my book. He sent me the outline to his first PresentationZen book and I covered topics that he didn’t include in his. So how many more books can be created on the topic? Plenty!

Garr’s new book PresentationZen Design is beautiful. He carefully studied all the design principles and ensured that he expressed them in a unique way from either of our books. There are multiple perspectives on how to apply the principles, and the book is packed with visual before and after samples that not only tell you the principle, but show you.

I have bopped my hand against my head several times wishing I’d expressed some of the concepts as well as he did. His white space section is amazing–makes me wish I had an entire section devoted solely to white space. His idea of consciously designing the white space first instead of focusing on the elements is profound and the before and after examples throughout the book I’m sure will be everyone’s favorite part.

I feel like I’ve had a front row seat to the development of his book. It’s a painful process I tell ya. Watching all the blood and sweat he put into the book was tough, but wow it will all pay off by transforming thousands of presentations around the world. I’m buying it for all my designers as a mandatory read. Great job, Garr!

Once Garr finished the book he took his very pregnant wife to Maui for the first time (my favorite place on earth). Now that he’s back to the grind in Japan, I wanted to send him a little congratulatory gift, sung to the tune of Tiny Bubbles.

Wow…I haven’t pulled out my ukelele since college sorority rush (and that didn’t go so well). But I adore Garr and the book is fantastic. Aloha Garr and Happy New Year from me!

Nancy Duarte

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  • Alex

    You made me smile 🙂 Thanks!

    I also liked your book very much and hope that Garr talks you into many more books.

    Greetings from Vienna,
    Alex

  • Alex

    You made me smile 🙂 Thanks!

    I also liked your book very much and hope that Garr talks you into many more books.

    Greetings from Vienna,
    Alex

  • Well… allow me a non presentation comment, with a :)…
    It would be nice from someone using a portuguese origin surname – Duarte (pronounced DWART) to call “ukelele” by it’s real portuguese name which is “cavaquinho” (“nh” pronounced like “ñ” as in “El Niño”, it was brought to Hawaii in the 19th century by portuguese emmigrants from Madeira Island who went there to develop sugar cane production).

    This leads me to a funny coincidence…
    Portugal left monarchy to became a Republic in 1910. The present portuguese president is Cavaco Silva – “cavaquinho” means “small cavaco”…
    The monarchic claimant to the (non longer existing) portuguese throne is Duarte Pio…
    🙂

  • Well… allow me a non presentation comment, with a :)…
    It would be nice from someone using a portuguese origin surname – Duarte (pronounced DWART) to call “ukelele” by it’s real portuguese name which is “cavaquinho” (“nh” pronounced like “ñ” as in “El Niño”, it was brought to Hawaii in the 19th century by portuguese emmigrants from Madeira Island who went there to develop sugar cane production).

    This leads me to a funny coincidence…
    Portugal left monarchy to became a Republic in 1910. The present portuguese president is Cavaco Silva – “cavaquinho” means “small cavaco”…
    The monarchic claimant to the (non longer existing) portuguese throne is Duarte Pio…
    🙂

  • Ed

    Great singing Nancy, I can’t wait to see Garr’s response, perhaps he might do a rap?

    Both of you did great books and have helped me learn alot about the finer aspects of designing presentations.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas (and your great song – american idol here we come?)

  • Ed

    Great singing Nancy, I can’t wait to see Garr’s response, perhaps he might do a rap?

    Both of you did great books and have helped me learn alot about the finer aspects of designing presentations.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas (and your great song – american idol here we come?)

  • My copy just arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to dive in. Between this and the much anticipated Slide:ology II, 2010’s shaping up to be an awesome year for presentation design! Thanks Garr and Nancy for all you do!

  • My copy just arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to dive in. Between this and the much anticipated Slide:ology II, 2010’s shaping up to be an awesome year for presentation design! Thanks Garr and Nancy for all you do!

  • hmmm another book on design; dont think I have room on my bookshefl!

  • hmmm another book on design; dont think I have room on my bookshefl!

  • Now uklele rendition that is a Rocky and Balls in the making. http://www.youtube.com/user/RockyandBalls

    Nancy, your book has been a lifesaver for me. I do so many presentations that would be BORING without your tips and tricks. I am very much looking forward to using the Animation Painter in PPT 2010. Keep it coming.

    PS. Just purchased PresentationZen Design today because of your post.

  • Now uklele rendition that is a Rocky and Balls in the making. http://www.youtube.com/user/RockyandBalls

    Nancy, your book has been a lifesaver for me. I do so many presentations that would be BORING without your tips and tricks. I am very much looking forward to using the Animation Painter in PPT 2010. Keep it coming.

    PS. Just purchased PresentationZen Design today because of your post.

  • Hm, I surprised I haven’t received an impressive contract from a major music label. Oh well, I’ll just stick to my main career I guess. Thanks for the support you guys!

    @miguel.m I didn’t know that about the ukelele. The name is Portuguese but my hubby is Mexican so we pronounce it doo-ar-tay. Wanna go to Portugal some day!

  • Hm, I surprised I haven’t received an impressive contract from a major music label. Oh well, I’ll just stick to my main career I guess. Thanks for the support you guys!

    @miguel.m I didn’t know that about the ukelele. The name is Portuguese but my hubby is Mexican so we pronounce it doo-ar-tay. Wanna go to Portugal some day!

  • It’s refreshing to see compliments rather than competition.

  • It’s refreshing to see compliments rather than competition.

  • You got some courage Nancy, bravo.

  • You got some courage Nancy, bravo.

  • just received Garr’s book, looking forward to Nancy’s SlideOlogy 2. Any release date on the horizon?

  • just received Garr’s book, looking forward to Nancy’s SlideOlogy 2. Any release date on the horizon?

  • Perhaps you should do an online book like: http://survivethedeepend.com – thats a highly technical book (on Zend framework) whereas instead of getting it published instead he put it online for free and just takes donations. Perhaps you should chat to the author to see how cost effective it has been; just a suggestion..

  • Perhaps you should do an online book like: http://survivethedeepend.com – thats a highly technical book (on Zend framework) whereas instead of getting it published instead he put it online for free and just takes donations. Perhaps you should chat to the author to see how cost effective it has been; just a suggestion..

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