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How to Make Visually Effective PowerPoint Presentations

This guide is meant to pair with the Scholars' Commons workshop I will be teaching on February 14th. However, anyone who is interested in learning more about design and using images in PowerPoint presentations is free to use this guide!

Designing Your PowerPoint Presentation

Before You Start Designing Your PowerPoint, Ask Yourself...

  • Who is your audience?

Before you begin, it is really important for you to ask yourself who you are making your presentation for. You should base your presentation off of your audiences information needs and what knowledge they will have going into your presentation.  I would recommend making a chart (like the one in the example below) to organize your thoughts about your audience before you make design choices.


  • What is your image need?

It is important to know what you are looking for in an image before you start looking. Make a list of nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. before you start looking for an image. Making this list will help you understand what you are looking for and which resource you should use to find it. The goal of creating the list is to get your mind going and to hopefully generate search terms that you can use when looking for an image.


Getting to Know Your Librarian

Jackie Fleming

Visual Literacy and Resources Librarian

Scholars' Commons

Herman B Wells Library 119D

Want to make an appointment with me? Click this link!