Duarte Tutorials: Working with Grids

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:00 AM IST

You all have heard about Nancy Duarte, a dear friend who is the CEO at Duarte, a presentation and storytelling company based in Sunnyvale, California.

Duarte put up some amazing tutorial videos recently that talk about some key presentation design principles. In my opinion, anyone who creates or works with presentations can benefit immensely from the foundation principles explained in these videos. In today’s post, we will explore one such video that looks at how you can set up an effective Grid system to work with your slides in PowerPoint.

As you saw in the video, the design folks at Duarte do not use the Grid or the Guides features available within PowerPoint. They actually create their own Grid by drawing lines within PowerPoint.

Duarte Tutorials - Grids

I spoke to Zaki Hussain, Senior Marketing Manager at Duarte and asked him what motivated the team at Duarte to create such videos?

He responded: “These videos help non-designers establish a level of design consistency to their template to create an on-brand presentation.”

Zaki HussainZaki Hussain is a Senior Marketing Manager at Duarte. Duarte helps people and brands communicate persuasive ideas. Since 1988, Duarte has advised 25 of the top 35 global brands on creative presentations. Through public and corporate workshops, Duarte Academy has trained tens of thousands of professionals to become better communicators, storytellers, and persuasive presenters.

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One Response to “Duarte Tutorials: Working with Grids”

  1. This is cool. I love the idea of using the Selection Pane to turn off the grid. I'd add a note about that in the Notes Pane in case I forget or if someone else works on it.

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