How to make Awesome Diagrams for your slides

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Some guidelines for making your presentation diagrams more understandable, efficient and visually pleasant.


How To Make AwesomeDiagrams u r F o r yo slides MeEnrique García CotaI do software at Splendeo@otikik © Disclaimer● Im not a designer.● Ive just done lots of diagrams in presentations.● These guidelines work for me.● “Right” and “Wrong” are used in that context. Dont take them personally. 1. Lines © Never use 0pt line width Wrong Right Visible from the far end of the room Have consistent line width Wrong 0.06 0.32 0.10 Right 0.06 0.06 0.32 Maybe two very different widths; not more Use only one line ending Wrong Right People at the far end wont see the difference Use one dashed style Wrong Right Guess Arrows instead of lines vs. When? See example on next slide Use connectors, not straight lines With lines With connectors Shapes instead of lines (sometimes) Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 vs. Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 They look better on simple workflows Colors instead of outlines (sometimes) vs. Useful to reduce the number of colors 2. Shapes © Use a grid Wrong Right Align when possible Wrong Right Size means Importance Wrong Right Not Very Not VeryImportant Important Important Important Size means Hierarchy Wrong Right Face FaceEyes Nose Mouth Eyes Nose Mouth Size means Relative Size Wrong RightElephant Duck Elephant Duck Size doesnt mean “long name” Wrong A Long Name Right A B* A A ...* Long Name Long Name Long Name Different Shape = Different Type OK Better ? ?Yes No Yes No Maximum number types: 4 If you need more, use images OK BetterA B C Warning! Finding appropriate images takes time Transparencies, Shadows & Gradients Dont They take a lot of time to get right, and most projectors wont show them anyway © 3. Nesting One nesting level per slide Wrong Unique slide One nesting level per slide Right Slide 1 One nesting level per slide Right Slide 2 One nesting level per slide Right Slide 3 One nesting level per slide Right Slide 4? Is this level really needed? But, wont adding slides increase the presentation complexity?Yes, it will.But less than nested shapes. Complexity → → ting Nes Sli d es → 1 slide / 1 nesting level If you need everything in one place You are not making a presentation Consider other formats © 4. Color Color count Fill + Text + Lines - Background Fill = Green + Red = 2 Hi Text = White = 1 Lines = Black = 1 Background = White = -1Bye! 2+1+1–1=3 Color count should be ≤ 3 The magic of combinatoryIm only using threestill but here colors combi-can make many nations When in doubt, use Primary colors Red Yellow Green Blue #c5000b #ffd320 #008000 #0084d1 In LibreOffice: Chart 11, Chart 3, Green, Chart12 These are awesome for diagrams Color is great for Stress or Status Wrong Right OK OK Alert OK OK Alert Alert Alert OK OK Alert Alert OK OK OK Alert OK OK Alert Alert OK Color is not great for lines Wrong Right More easily seen from far away Use bright background colors Wrong Right Some projectors dont handle dark slides well Dont use pale colors in foreground Wrong Right Gray 10% Gray >20% To projectors, any pale color = white Printing: Black and WhiteOK OK Alert OK OK AlertAlert OK OK Alert OK OKOK Alert OK OK Alert OK Black and White = information loss Printing: Graceful DegradationOK OK Alert Alert OK OK Alert AlertAlertAlert OK OK Alert Alert OK OKOK Alert Alert OK OK Alert Alert OK Use contrast and borders to compensate 5. ext © First and foremost: Are you anoptometrist? us feel like this. Then dont make© Smallest font size:20px Otherwise its impossibly difficult to read from far away Only one font Wronga a a a Righta a a a Exception: Typographic diagrams Nice Yuck Bigger shape ⇒ Bigger or equal text Wrong Right Letters LettersA A Otherwise text size contradicts shape size Italics: Dont bother Wrong Right a a No one will notice the difference Bold: Dont mix itWrong Right a aa a a a Again, the difference is hard to notice a hard to re d, n te of esp is ec iall Oblique text when y Use horizontal text up font. sid l al d e ow sm n and with a© That was it!© Enrique García Cota GoNow And Make Some Awesome Diagrams! Now Go Make Some Awesome Diagrams! © Enrique García Cota Thank you!