Powerpoint - The good, bad and ugly

My anti-Powerpoint rant

Just to be fair, here is a suggestion to help make best use of Powerpoint. Dan Kestin sent me the following suggestions, which he attributes to IBM:

  • All headlines should be complete sentences (ending with a . ! or ?)

  • Horizontal logic:  All headlines should read together like a story, in order.  If you just read all the headlines on each slide, without reading the bottom stuff, you should be able to learn the main messages of the presentation.

  • Vertical logic:  All content on the body of slides should directly support the headline sentence.  Further, each slide should stand on its own - and be understandable, outside the context of the rest of the deck. When taken in context however, it should strengthen the presentation of the story

Genome Biology article published on PubMed: Powerless to stop myself

Edward Tufte, extracted from his The Cognitive Style of Power, on NASA, Shuttle Columbia, and Powerpoint: PowerPoint Does Rocket Science--and Better Techniques for Technical Reports

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation