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Design Better Presentations

with Lara McCormick

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About The Class

create slides that engage

Everyone is called on to create a presentation, but this can be a daunting task. This class will teach you basic design principles you can apply to your presentation decks. You’ll learn how to work with type, color and image and lay out information with confidence. You’ll also Identify what type of presenter you are and design your presentation to support this. Instructor Lara McCormick is an accomplished designer and educator who has been designing presentations for almost twenty years for all types of use cases, and she shares with you what she’s learned. She’ll cover:
  • Pros and cons of presentation software tools like Keynote, Powerpoint, and Google slides 
  • Selecting and using typography, installing and managing fonts 
  • Incorporating photos and illustrations 
  • Visualizing data with charts and data 
You’ll get a simple template to work with that you can then customize to fit your needs. At the end of this class you’ll understand basic design principles and how to apply them, and have the ability to create an effective presentation that best highlights your content, is consistent, and well-designed. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Workshop

    01:57
  2. 02

    Types of Presentations & Types of Presenters

    06:20
  3. 03

    Planning Your Presentation

    06:23
  4. 04

    Slide Setup & Backgrounds

    07:14
  5. 05

    Fonts vs. Typefaces

    06:38
  6. 06

    Using Color in Your Presentation

    01:42
  7. 07

    Your Presentation Images

    03:23
  8. 08

    Visualizing Data

    03:37
  9. 09

    Software Demonstration

    08:56

Meet Your Expert

Lara McCormick

Lara McCormick is a nationally recognized designer and educator, and the former Head of Design Education at CreativeLive in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of ‘Playing with Type: 50 Graphic Experiments forExploring Typographic Design Principles’ published by Rockport Press.Lara is ... read more

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  • pdf Presentation Resources
  • pdf Presentation Checklist
  • pptx PowerPoint Template
  • key Keynote Template

57% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Dave Pasciuto

    April 2017

    This is a very basic class focused for a beginner, but explained well. I was hoping to see some great, successful and unique designs, but none were given. Much of the information here is beginner graphic design basics.

  • Josh Hersh

    Josh Hersh

    March 2018

    People often overlook the fundamentals of building a great presentation. We've all seen too many different typefaces, crazy typefaces, and distracting formatting and colors. Lara teaches you to build a presentation from the ground up, reminding us that the content is vitally important and that design is used to communicate, not decorate. I really appreciate the seemingly "small" tips that add up to make a big difference. I'll have much more awareness going into my next presentation. Thanks, lara!

  • Jimmy Langkop

    Jimmy Langkop

    May 2017

    This is not the usual really good CreativeLive class. It's probably good for someone who knows absolutely nothing about presentations. The title implies that this class can help you design BETTER presentations. So you must have already been presenting. If you have, this class will bore you to tears!

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