Julie Terberg is the creative force behind Design to Present and Terberg Design, focused on crafting presentations that better communicate with audiences. With decades of experience in the presentation industry, Julie has trusted partnerships with other presentation professionals and valued clients around the world.
Since 2005, she has been recognized as a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP for her contributions to the presentation community. Julie enjoys teaching and sharing ideas at industry conferences, including the Presentation Summit and the Present to Succeed conference. She is a director of the Presentation Guild and cohosts the webinar series “Inspired by Design,” exclusively for Guild members. She just completed her latest book, Building PowerPoint Templates, version 2, with co-author Echo Swinford.
In this conversation, Julie talks about her updated book, Building PowerPoint Templates v2.
Julie: The process of constructing a PowerPoint template hasn’t changed much since we wrote the first edition. The components and basic steps remain the same. That said, we have updated our advice regarding default slide layouts and default placeholders.
We cover all of the newer features in the program that are relevant to template building. New since 2013, Theme variants are present in all of the stock themes including PowerPoint’s blank template. In the book, we stress (repeatedly) the need to save as a POTX file to strip these variants from your new template in progress.
Another new feature, PowerPoint Designer, uses artificial intelligence to surface alternate design ideas for your slide content. These design ideas can pull from custom layouts within a template. In the book, we teach you how to build a template to work with Designer.
One of the biggest changes to PowerPoint is the font story. A couple of years ago, Microsoft introduced a font service with hundreds of new and legacy fonts available for folks with the latest versions of Office. This cloud font service offers up many gorgeous new typefaces, perfect for presentation templates. We have included a ton of advice about choosing fonts for templates and we cover updates with font embedding, also. While this is exciting news, there are many caveats to embedding and we list all of them in the book.
See Also: Conversation with Co-Author, Echo Swinford
You may also want to check our similar feature with Echo Swinford, who is the co-author of this book.
Geetesh: Echo and you have shared knowledge that you both use in your work life, creating PowerPoint templates for organizations. Can you tell us more about your work, and how it helped you write this book?
Julie: Along with crafting presentations and related materials, I design and build templates, and template systems, for large and small companies. Echo and I work together on many projects; I design, and she builds the templates. Together, we’ve built hundreds of templates, many of them for worldwide corporations with thousands of presentation creators. We’re always keeping these folks in mind when designing and constructing, aiming to make templates that are useful and timesaving. And we’re learning and adapting our methods along the way.
Years ago, we worked together on a large project with Microsoft, designing and building unique templates representing a wide range of topics. We learned a lot during the project and honed our process along the way.
Along with you, Geetesh, Echo and I are Microsoft MVPs and as such, we meet regularly with folks on the PowerPoint team. This enables us to learn about new features from the source, to ask specific questions pertinent to template building, and sometimes, to influence changes to the program that will benefit everyone in the future.
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