In this conversation, Charlie and Erik discuss alternatives to slide-led presentations, such as their presentation for the city of Stockholm.
Geetesh: Tell us more about how you got started with doing presentations — and what makes it amazing for you all to work as a team?
Charlie and Erik: We have been doing presentations for many, many years. Erik has done a lot of lectures and hosting using digital technology and Charlie has done a lot of trade show presentations. Then about a year ago, we got the opportunity to work together through Step2 Communications to create a really cool, high tech presentation about Stockholm. We knew we would work with a lot of screens and drew some inspiration from the picture of the earth in Marco Tempest’s super cool iPhone TED-talk. We have very eclectic backgrounds and added together we have knowledge in programming, dance, stagecraft, audiovisual syncing, physical theater, sleight of hand, rhetoric and psychology, electronics, just to name a few. The wish and joy in getting to mix all of this into a wonderful soup is how we started doing presentations together. We decided to work together using the D1gits brand name.
It is amazing to work together as a team (and also with the other people involved) as we constantly surprise each other by having strange new skills, talents and ideas.
Geetesh: How are your presentations, such as the one you did for the city of Stockholm different from the typical PowerPoint led presentations?
Charlie and Erik: When creating the Stockholm presentation, we drew inspiration from all kinds of things, and none of those included the classic PowerPoint presentation. We always want to first capture the attention of the audience before we deliver any message or information. And we don’t look at any visual aid as something to echo what we are saying, we want it to add to what we are saying. And lastly the message is not everything for us. We want it to live together with something very entertaining. We want it to be more a message than a show, but we want it to feel more a show than a message!