Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations

Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations

Paperback Voices That Matter

By (author) Garr Reynolds

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  • Publisher: New Riders Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 229mm x 15mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 18 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0321668790
  • ISBN 13: 9780321668790
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 42,618

Product description

In his internationally acclaimed, best-selling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, presentation master Garr Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now, he takes us further into the design realm and shows how we can apply time-honored design principles to presentation layouts. Throughout Presentation Zen Design, Garr shares his lessons on designing effective presentations that contain text, graphs, color, images, and video. After establishing guidelines for each of the various elements, he explains how to achieve an overall harmony and balance using the tenets of Zen simplicity. Not only will you discover how to design your slides for more professional-looking presentations, you'll learn to communicate more clearly and will accomplish the goal of making a stronger, more lasting connection with your audience.

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Author information

Garr Reynolds is the author of the best-selling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery with over 100,000 copies sold and translated into 17 languages. A leading authority on presentation design and delivery and sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, musician, and long-time student of the zen arts, he is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and Director of Design Matters Japan. Garr's popular blog on presentation design and delivery is at www.presentationzen.com

Review quote

"In today's economy, all of us-even those of us who aren't trained as designers-must become design thinkers. But how? At last, Garr Reynolds has unlocked the secrets and presented them in a compelling and useful way. Whether you're a professional preparing a talk, a student tackling an assignment, or anyone trying to craft a richer life, Presentation Zen Design is the most important book you will read this year." -Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind &Drive "To change the world, you need to pitch. To pitch, you need to design. To design, you need this book." -Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder, Alltop.com, and former chief evangelist of Apple "Garr has once again visually captivated readers with a book that will inspire millions to communicate effectively. He wove together freshly inspired Zen concepts and displayed them breathtakingly. Read this book, I know it will take your breath away as it did mine." -Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte Design, and author of the best-selling book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations "No visual backdrop will energize a lukewarm, uninspired message. But wrap a clear, powerful, authentic presentation in great design and you get what every speaker aspires to: electrical connection with your audience. Buy this book and learn from the best design educator on the planet. Your audience will thank you." -Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation

Back cover copy

In his internationally acclaimed, best-selling book "Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, " presentation master Garr Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now, he takes us further into the design realm and shows how we can apply time-honored design principles to presentation layouts. Throughout "Presentation Zen Design, " Garr shares his lessons on designing effective presentations that contain text, graphs, color, images, and video. After establishing guidelines for each of the various elements, he explains how to achieve an overall harmony and balance using the tenets of Zen simplicity. Not only will you discover how to design your slides for more professional-looking presentations, you'll learn to communicate more clearly and will accomplish the goal of making a stronger, more lasting connection with your audience.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION Chapter 1. Design Matters Section 1. SLIDE ELEMENTS Chapter 2. Typography Chapter 3. Color Chapter 4. Imagery Section 2. DESIGN PRINCIPLES Chapter 5. Space Chapter 6. Contrast Chapter 7. Unity Chapter 8. Focal Point Section 3. SAMPLE SLIDES Chapter 9. Technical talks Chapter 10. Non-technical talks Chapter 11. Learning from the world around you