Author: Nancy Duarte
First Edition: August 2008 Pages: 294 Series: Paperback ISBN: 978-0-596-52234-6
Publisher’s brief description: Presentation software requires professionals to think visually on an almost daily basis. But unlike verbal skills, effective visual expression is not easy, natural, or actively taught in schools or business training programs. slide:ology offers practical approaches that combine conceptual thinking and inspirational design, with insightful case studies from the world's leading brands. Written by the President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth.
Garr Reynolds, past user group evangelist with Apple, and visionary author of Presentation Zen recently was quoted as saying that "Slide:ology is practical, it's highly visual, and it's beautiful. I love this book . . . [it] should come bundled with every copy of PowerPoint or Keynote ever sold from now on. I received a draft copy about three months ago that blew me away--the final product is even better than I expected. I just got my copy over the weekend . . . the book is meaty without being bloated. A really cool feature in the book is that many of the presentations Nancy shows in her book are available for download or can be seen via video on a specially created slide:ology website for free. There are no longer any excuses for really bad presentations."
The first thing I always do is to flip through the pages to see what catches my eye, then scan the volume to see how well its organized:
Table of Contents
Creating a New Slide Ideology
Creatiing Ideas, Not Slides
Thinking Like a Designer
Using Visual Elements: Background, Color, and Text
Using Visual Elements: Images
Governing with Templates
Interacting with Slides
Manifesto: The Five Theses of the Power of a Presentation
From the “Brief History of Visual Aids” to the “Manifesto: The Five Theses of the Power of a Presentation”, this is the most incredible book about presentations that I have ever seen. The book is introduced with the motto: “Every presenter has the potential to be great; every presentation is high stakes; and every audience deserves the absolute best.” This is followed by a in-depth discussion of why presentations are important and the philosophy needed to produce an appropriate one with great impact. It actually frames the entire environment, conditions and context for great development. The photos, charts, diagrams, flowcharts, inserts, examples and content is dazzling, vibrant, stimulating and fascinating.
This is NOT a PowerPoint how-to, but rather a whole new and exciting way to approach presentations . . . I will never look at presentations the same again. A variety of descriptive and compelling Case Studies are included about many famous presenters, and how they are successful. This is a high-quality publication that goes way beyond creating a better slideshow to an education on how to better communicate. It spans the whole spectrum of devices from the iPhone to major file formats. The only way this book could be made better is if they turn it into a movie! If you want to enrich your skills, and communicate more effectively, don’t hesitate . . . make this your next investment in success.
This great book retails for $34.99, but can be found for $23.09 or less at Amazon and other internet locations. A PDF version is $27.99 (or $45.49 for PDF and book combo). A complete O’Reilly description, video interview with the author, and purchasing details are also available at: http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522346/l.