Synopses & Reviews
In his first book, Presentation Zen,
Garr Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now he's back to take readers further along this path and much deeper into the design realm, where he'll show how to apply time-honored design principles to presentation layouts.
Many presenters lack the fundamentals of graphic design. After reading this book, the reader will never be able to look at another presentation slide (or any visual for that matter) in the same way again. Their eyes will have become sharp and their minds critical as to what is and what is not effective visual communication and graphic design. Presentation Zen Design includes loads of before and after examples to set readers on the path to becoming engaging visual communicators.
Throughout Presentation Zen Design, readers will get the same one-on-one, practical advice from Garr that made his first book a wildly popular seller. Not only will readers discover all the design elements that go into good presentations, they'll also learn key benefits to using particular designs for various outcomes and will accomplish the goal of making a lasting connection with their audiences.
"In today's economy, all of us—
even those of us who aren't trained as designers—
must become design thinkers. But how? At last, Garr Reynolds has unlocked the secrets and presented them in a compelling and useful way. Whether you're a professional preparing a talk, a student tackling an assignment, or anyone trying to craft a richer life, Presentation Zen Design
is the most important book you will read this year."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind & Drive
"To change the world, you need to pitch. To pitch, you need to design. To design, you need this book."
—Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder, Alltop.com, and former chief evangelist of Apple
"Garr has once again visually captivated readers with a book that will inspire millions to communicate effectively. He wove together freshly inspired Zen concepts and displayed them breathtakingly. Read this book, I know it will take your breath away as it did mine."
—Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte Design, and author of the best-selling book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
"No visual backdrop will energize a lukewarm, uninspired message. But wrap a clear, powerful, authentic presentation in great design and you get what every speaker aspires to: electrical connection with your audience. Buy this book and learn from the best design educator on the planet. Your audience will thank you."
—Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
In "Presentation Zen," Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now, in this follow-up guide, the author takes readers deeper into the design realm.
In his first book, "Presentation Zen," Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now he takes readers much deeper into the design realm and shows how to apply time-honored design principles to presentation layouts.
In his internationally acclaimed, best-selling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery,
presentation master Garr Reynolds gave readers the framework for planning, putting together, and delivering successful presentations. Now, he takes us further into the design realm and shows how we can apply time-honored design principles to presentation layouts.
Throughout Presentation Zen Design, Garr shares his lessons on designing effective presentations that contain text, graphs, color, images, and video. After establishing guidelines for each of the various elements, he explains how to achieve an overall harmony and balance using the tenets of Zen simplicity. Not only will you discover how to design your slides for more professional-looking presentations, you’ll learn to communicate more clearly and will accomplish the goal of making a stronger, more lasting connection with your audience.
About the Author
Garr Reynolds is the author of the best-selling book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery with over 100,000 copies sold and translated into 17 languages. A leading authority on presentation design and delivery and sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, musician, and long-time student of the zen arts, he is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and Director of Design Matters Japan. Garr’s popular blog on presentation design and delivery is at www.presentationzen.com
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 • Design Matters
Chapter 2 • Typography
Chapter 3 • Color
Chapter 4 • Imagery
Chapter 5 • Space
Chapter 6 • Contrast
Chapter 7 • Unity
Chapter 8 • Focal Point
Chapter 9 • Technical talks
Chapter 10 • Non-technical talks
Chapter 11 • Learning from the world around you