Saturday, September 6, 2008


“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” - Pablo Picasso

I met an old friend today, an avid collector of cameras, magic lanterns, zoetropes, and other antique devices. After laughing about our different perspectives on technology, I offered to share some sites that might help him add interest to the presentations he gives at local schools and colleges.

If anyone would like to add to this list, I'm sure that he would be grateful - as would all of us who labor to escape the bulleted agonies of death by PowerPoint.

Death by PowerPoint - and how to avoid it (Kapterev)

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint (Kapp)

10-20-30 Presentation Rule

Pecha Kucha (Baron)

PowerPoint Reform: a first chapter

Sweet stuff about PowerPoint (O’Connell)

PowerPoint: Do No Harm (Meyer)

Helpful tips for PowerPoint authors (Fryer)

The Presentation File != The Presentation (and 3D Foolishness)

"We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be revolutionary but not transformative." -Adrienne Rich

"mmlog" by fdecomite


Anonymous said...

Brain Rules by John J. Medina is a great book and here is Garr's presentation on 'Brain Rules for Presenters' Or how to make an awesome powerpoint presentation!

Check out the slide show here:

from infolibrarian

diane said...

Thanks for the suggestion - knew there was a lot more out there that I hadn't mentioned.

Anonymous said...

To the list you have I would suggest your friend read the Presentation Zen blog. Over time I have found little gems that have influenced me.

Really though, the advice you have shared is plenty. People will be captivated!

Anonymous said...

Both the sites that Mardy and Jan suggested are great. I would add this presentation by Alvin Trusty called 'How to Create a Great PowerPoint Without Breaking the Law'. I think I found out about it via Dean Shareski who also has some good stuff on improving presentations.

diane said...

Thank you all for adding to my list.

By modeling a better way for our students, perhaps we can ensure that image-rich, stimulating presentations become the norm, rather than the exception.