It seems like powerful presentations aren't done using Powerpoint any more. I don't know, maybe they never were...
Edward Tufte (the original Powerpoint detractor) has a new book out: Beautiful Evidence. An article in the New York Mag (via SVN) introduces Tufte and some of his work. He has lead a crusade against Powerpoint (his essay The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint has a good collection of the worst offenders), and his ideas have been absorbed by many designers around the world.
The new style of "multimedia"1 presentations move from slide-based to "flow"-based. Two that I have seen recently deserve mention:
"Le Grand Content"(via Mark Fowler)Quite funny, answers the questions of the universe with quasi-logic and witticisms:There are three types of virgins:a) Virgins by choiceb) Virgins by way of poor social skillsc) People who should be in group B, but who claim otherwise for reasons of prestige
There are three types of virgins:a) Virgins by choiceb) Virgins by way of poor social skillsc) People who should be in group B, but who claim otherwise for reasons of prestige
Prometeus - The Media Revolution(via Nic Wise)The future of media and information dissemination. A little more serious...
These presentations really engage the user through zooming images, flowcharts and synchronising speech with animations.
I wonder how long before this type of presentation becomes the norm? How long until we see presentation software that supports the creation of them as easily as a standard deck of slides in Powerpoint?
And how long before people realise that although they're more engaging, they're still hiding and distorting the truth, just in different ways?
1 How weird does it feel to use that word in 2007?
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