11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations

Presentations often receive a bad rap — for good reason. We’ve all sat through those long-winded speeches and hot mess PowerPoints, which completely undermine the point of visual presentations.

So, what differentiates a good presentation from a poor one? Content and design. While your speech may be perfect, the images you show can greatly add or detract from your message. Whether you’re using PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across.

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‘Stand Up’ Makes the Porta-Potty a More Agreeable Experience for Women

When it comes to using the bathroom at an outdoor festival, Sara Grossman may have just saved a lot of women from hovering. Stand Up, her pink origami funnel, takes the fear out of porta-potties (but unfortunately, not the smell).

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Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create.

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Windowless Jet Concept Gives Unparalleled Views of Outside World

You don’t hear many people complaining about jets having too many windows. The row of tiny peepholes they call windows are a poor view to the spectacular world outside, but Technicon Design – France has hit upon a stunning business jet concept that would really change that.

For their IXION Windowless Jet Concept they’ve completely eliminated windows in the cabin, instead imagining an interior lined with curving video screens. Using fuselage and wing mounted cameras, an unparalleled real-time panoramic view of the outside world would be displayed for passengers. Even Superman would be jealous of this luxury.

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Spirograph Pancakes? Yes Please!

Nathan Shields, pancake aficionado and all around awesome dad, has done it again with his incredibly awesome Pangraph. What’s that, you say? A ‘pangraph’ is his hand-made pancake drawing spirograph that sits atop a frying pan. With just a spin of the gear and a squeeze of the batter bottle, he creates some incredible, edible, syrup drizzled geometry for all to enjoy.

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Towering Cement Silos Hold the Headquarters of French Cement Company

Towering over the Bruneseau Nord industrial neighborhood beside Paris’ eastern ring road is the futuristic new headquarters for cement distribution company Calcia… and appropriately it’s made completely out of cement. Silos 13 was designed by VI.B Architecture to highlight the very material the firm specializes in, and do it with utilitarian style.

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5 Fixes for Your Most Boring Fonts

With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.

Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts.

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The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. The exquisitely beautiful building takes its form from the blooming lotus flower, and throwing the formality of most government institutions aside, is the home to departments of the city’s planning bureau.

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Write Like A Revolutionary: This Font Imitates Hugo Chavez’s Handwriting

Turn your John Hancock into a Hugo Chavez with ChavezPro. This new typeface designed by a group of young “anti-imperialists” mimics Chavez’s distinct handwriting and commemorates what would have been the commander’s 60th birthday on July 28.

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Brutalist Jewelry Uses Cement in Abstract Designs

While most jewelry is delicately beautiful, these examples are decidedly rugged… then again, concrete isn’t the first thing you think of in wearable fashion. Designer Mareike Kanafani has created a collection of rings and broaches which seem to channel the aesthetic of heavy brutalist architecture from the mid-century – only this time in beautifully creative geometric forms.

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