General Design Guideline for Creating PowerPoint Presentations
- Your title slide may have a striking image (but not overly/visually busy); remember to include:
Your Name > Topic > Name of Class > Class Period > Date.
- Be creative in grabbing and maintaining attention. Think outside the box.
- Use bullet points, not sentences - aim for just one concept on a slide.
- You do not need to have an image on every slide.
- If you do include an image, aim for one powerful image, that could be accompanied by minimal text or no text at all.
- Unless you are using a photo image as a background or image in the PPT, try to avoid too much clip art.
- Use copyright friendly images (Creative Commons licensed) - be sure to review the Copyright Guidelines section of the OHS Library website. In addition, photo links from other OHS library pages (Useful Websites and/or Mrs. McNally's LiveBinders) may be of value. You may search for images conceptually or literally; we suggest using a combintation of the two.
- Be sure to include the source of your image in the lower corner of your slide (whichever side is best). You may provide a full citation or give credit by statingt:
This image is used under a CC license from [URL that links back to the image].
- Be sure to include a "Bibliography" as your very last slide. You can generate a proper MLA or APA formatted list to cite your sources using NoodleTools.
- When using quotes, look for the nugget within the quote. Shorten it as much as possible and discover its essence. Always, give proper credit.
- The slides are for the audience; tell the story of your content and your topic through images. Talk off the PowerPoint (PPT). Do not read from your PPT.