Jargonicious! A plea for simplicity… The ingenious (and totally fictitious) “Turbo Encabulator” video has long been used to warn against the use of technobabble. It has a fascinating history, which includes this Oscar-worthy 1977 performance by Bud Haggart: What’s the lesson? Avoid confusing jargon in your presentations. Be conscious of your audience and sensitive toContinue reading “Using technobabble to sound cool”
Let your ideas breathe… How Can You Harness the Power of White Space? Objects in a composition need to breathe. White space offers an airy canvas stage on which the parts of your design can freely dance. Just ask Mark Boulton, graphic designer and writer from the UK. Here’s my favorite part about Mark’s viewContinue reading “Celebrate the spaces between”
Infographics: Pictures That Tell A Story… What is an Infographic? The term Infographic is a portmanteau of two terms, “Information” and “Graphics,” and describes the visual representation of data. Infographics help communicate complex information in a digestible manner, as they creatively present data in an understandable and engaging format. As web users, with our diminishing attention spans,Continue reading “Communicating data with Infographics”
Making room for small change can lead to big benefits… Consider a Vide Poche. One of my favorite interior design websites, apartmenttherapy.com, gave me the idea: French for empty pockets, the vide poche is simply a small bowl or container kept in a convenient location to empty your pockets into when you walk through theContinue reading “For small change, Vide Poche”
This 3-minute gem illustrates the painful mistakes every presenter makes at one point in their PowerPoint presenting life. C’mon, admit it, you haven’t always achieved Presentation Zen… What’s your example?