There is no substitute for good design, just take a look at what chief designer, Jonathan “Jony” Ive has done at Apple.
Ive, is a British designer and the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple. It has been Ive’s design brilliance that has returned Apple from the brink of financial ruin with the playful design of the iMac, whose original designs in bright colours came at a time when the world was dominated PCs by the soft tones.
Later, he helped transform Apple into a hub for consumer electronics and the envy of Silicon Valley with the iPod, iPhone and more recently the iPhone.Then why is it that we are forever bombarded with deadpan PowerPoint presentations that the presenter just rereads whatever is on the slide. If you ask me they’d be better off to give me the printed off slide show and save me the extra caffeine shot to get through another death by PowerPoint.
As a side note, PowerPoint was originally designed for the Macintosh computer, the initial version being called ‘Presenter’. In 1987, it was renamed to “PowerPoint” due to problems with trademarks, the idea for the name coming from Robert Gaskins. In August of the same year, Forethought was bought by Microsoft for $14 million USD ($27.1 million in present-day terms) and became Microsoft’s Graphics Business Unit, which continued to develop the software further.
Looking For A Good PowerPoint Design Mentor
Not wanting to put people through this process I looked around for a mentor who understood design and the impact that visual stimulus can give – and that road lead to Cliff Atkinson over at Beyond Bullet Points which is the name of his best-seller book, and was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com. Its influence has been global, with translations in Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese, Czech and Hungarian.
The Beyond Bullet Points techniques made headlines when attorney Mark Lanier hired Cliff to help him use them to win a $253 million dollar lawsuit. This unprecedented legal victory triggered articles in the New York Times, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
This leads me into this SlideShare by Dr Alex Osterwalder, who proposed The Business Model Canvas based on his earlier PHD work on Business Model Ontology. As Alex is so apt in doing, he presents his ideas about creating powerful and effective PowerPoint Presentations, but be forewarned there are some images that are designed to shock you. We wouldn’t want you falling asleep now!