Bethany Auck has been working in the presentation design industry for nine years. She cut her teeth at a small litigation consultancy, where she consulted on major trials helping her clients build persuasive narratives and poignant demonstratives. Bethany founded SlideRabbit in 2012 to bring high-quality design to all industries at low cost levels.
In this conversation, Bethany discusses her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.
Geetesh: Bethany, you are doing a session this year at the Presentation Summit called Simple Wins: Apply simple concepts to create fantastic results. Can you tell us more about this session, and what takeaways can the audience expect?
Bethany: Simple Wins will be all about basic and accessible ways to improve your everyday slide design. Using before & after examples from the audience and our own body of work, we're going to correct some common missteps and share a few ways to improve the overall polish of a deck of slides.
First we'll look at what to stop doing; we tend to see the same easily avoided mistakes in our clients' decks time and time again. These range from design choices to materials used, and we've got the corrections and solutions to help get any presentation creator on the right track.
Once we've corrected some of those ingrained behaviors that are hurting the design, we'll look at how to actively improve it. We’ll focus a lot on basic compositional approaches and how to use design theory to give content a little design lift.
We'll also talk color. How to approach choosing colors, why they are important and how to mix colors with success. We've got some free resources to share to help non-designers build and use pleasing palettes.
Lastly, we'll take a quick look at fonts. We'll talk font limitations, mistakes, and approaches. Getting away from those everyday fonts can give slides a custom and professional feel, but it's important to be aware of how and when to use custom or unusual fonts.
We'd love questions throughout the session -- really the goal is to solve the everyday problems that non-designers face when they are putting together a slide deck. We hope everyone will leave more confident in their slide design.
Geetesh: You've been part of the Presentation Summit before -- can you share your thoughts about how this event benefits new attendees, and also how it helps repeat visitors?
Bethany: Last year was my first time attending the Summit. I didn’t quite know what to expect and whether it would be worthwhile for me. I have to say, I was so very pleasantly surprised.
The Summit does an excellent job at the very challenging task of accommodating a wide range of skill levels and varying sets of goals. It truly creates an atmosphere where we can all learn from each other.
My favorite part of last year was spending several days with the professionals who, like my clients, want to put out great slide decks, but don't have the training or time to get to that final level of polish. We're so excited to be teaching a course that aims to help just these people. Even more than that, I’m excited to learn more about the pain points people are experiencing and the creative workarounds people are finding.
We ended up loving the Summit so much, we wrote about it. Very excited to take a more active role this year!
For many years now, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Date: September 27 to 30, 2015
Location: Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, USA
Twitter Hashtag: Presum15
April 2003 | May 2003 | December 2003 | January 2004 | February 2004 | March 2004 | April 2004 | May 2004 | June 2004 | July 2004 | August 2004 | September 2004 | October 2004 | November 2004 | December 2004 | January 2005 | February 2005 | March 2005 | April 2005 | May 2005 | June 2005 | July 2005 | August 2005 | September 2005 | October 2005 | November 2005 | December 2005 | January 2006 | February 2006 | March 2006 | April 2006 | May 2006 | June 2006 | July 2006 | August 2006 | September 2006 | October 2006 | November 2006 | December 2006 | January 2007 | February 2007 | March 2007 | April 2007 | May 2007 | June 2007 | July 2007 | August 2007 | September 2007 | October 2007 | November 2007 | December 2007 | January 2008 | February 2008 | March 2008 | April 2008 | May 2008 | June 2008 | July 2008 | August 2008 | September 2008 | October 2008 | November 2008 | December 2008 | January 2009 | February 2009 | March 2009 | April 2009 | May 2009 | June 2009 | July 2009 | August 2009 | September 2009 | October 2009 | November 2009 | December 2009 | January 2010 | February 2010 | March 2010 | April 2010 | May 2010 | June 2010 | July 2010 | August 2010 | September 2010 | October 2010 | November 2010 | December 2010 | January 2011 | February 2011 | March 2011 | April 2011 | May 2011 | June 2011 | July 2011 | August 2011 | September 2011 | October 2011 | November 2011 | December 2011 | January 2012 | February 2012 | March 2012 | April 2012 | May 2012 | June 2012 | July 2012 | August 2012 | September 2012 | October 2012 | November 2012 | December 2012 | January 2013 | February 2013 | March 2013 | April 2013 | May 2013 | June 2013 | July 2013 | August 2013 | September 2013 | October 2013 | November 2013 | December 2013 | January 2014 | February 2014 | March 2014 | April 2014 | May 2014 | June 2014 | July 2014 | August 2014 | September 2014 | October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | July 2015 | August 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015 | November 2015 | December 2015 | January 2016 | February 2016 | March 2016 | April 2016 | May 2016 | June 2016 | July 2016 | August 2016 | September 2016 | October 2016 | November 2016 | December 2016 | January 2017 |
Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.