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Tufte on Powerpoint...

...or rather on not using it and on why he considers it to be bad.

Some interesting thoughts on design and presentations. And a nifty cartoon. It does make we wonder why, back in the Scient days, we would oftne actually provide a PowerPoint-based deliverable to our clients. How many second phase projects were lost because of the inherent problems in using slideware for information delivery?

"In a business setting, a PowerPoint slide typically shows 40 words, which is about eight seconds' worth of silent reading material. With so little information per slide, many, many slides are needed. Audiences consequently endure a relentless sequentiality, one damn slide after another. When information is stacked in time, it is difficult to understand context and evaluate relationships. Visual reasoning usually works more effectively when relevant information is shown side by side. Often, the more intense the detail, the greater the clarity and understanding. This is especially so for statistical data, where the fundamental analytical act is to make comparisons."

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red_cloud
Aug. 21st, 2003 02:34 am (UTC)
People use the term "PowerPoint presentation", as if a series of slides is the presentation itself. The effect of this is that few people work on their own presentation skills and rely too heavily on a seemingly unending seies of increasingly dull slides to make their point. I'm sure we've all been to coma-inducing PowerPoint-based presentations involving near-death experiences. Is there any precedent in law of a PowerPoint presentation being cited as a murder weapon?