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III. Thou Shalt Not Abuseth Thy Program’s Formatting Features
III. Thou Shalt Not Abuseth Thy
Program’s Formatting Features
Yes, PowerPoint lets you set every word in a different font, use 92 different
colors on a single slide, and fill every last pixel of empty space with clip art.
If you want your slides to look like ransom notes, go ahead. Otherwise, keep
things simple.
IV. Thou Shalt Not Stealeth
Copyrighted Materials
Given a few minutes with Google or any other search engine, you can
probably find just the right picture or snippet of clip art for any presentation
need that might arise. But keep in mind that many of those pictures, clip art
drawings, and media files are copyrighted. Don’t use them if you don’t have
permission.
V. Thou Shalt Abideth by Thine Color
Scheme, Auto-Layout, and Template
Microsoft hired a crew of out-of-work artists to pick the colors for the color
schemes, arrange things with the slide layouts, and create beautifully crafted
templates. Humor them. They like it when you use their stuff. Don’t feel
chained to the prepackaged designs, but don’t stray far from them unless you
have a good artistic eye.
VI. Thou Shalt Not Abuse Thine Audience
with an Endless Array of Cute Animations
or Funny Sounds
PowerPoint animations are cute and sometimes quite useful. But if you do
a goofy animation on every slide, pretty soon your audience will just think
you’re strange.
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