Presentation Design lesson from Stuart Firestein

Designing a presentation slide?

You should learn to appreciate empty space. Ask yourself, “What elements can I eliminate on this slide without compromising the effectiveness and message of the slide? Which elements on this slide are nonessential?” Get rid of all nonessential elements – text, logos, legends on graphs – and create enough empty space on your slides to give them a natural sense of balance.

For example check out Stuart Firestein’s slide below from his TED talk a and notice how his slide contains a large image and plenty of empty space:

Sample slide from Stuart Firestein's TED Talk
Sample slide from Stuart Firestein’s TED Talk


Akash Karia

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