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Slide Design Mini Boot Camp

Elevate the aesthetic appeal and communicative force of your slide deck to make your message stand out.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this program, you will:

  • Apply visual design principles to enhance slide aesthetics
  • Align your slide content with your intended message
  • Balance the need for text and rigor with the goals of visual appeal and accessibility

Program Description

Do you have a slide deck that needs some help, but you’re not sure what to do? Are you interested in learning how to make your ideas stand out so that your presentation can be more engaging and impactful? In this two half-day mini boot camp, you will learn strategies to enhance the visual appeal and communicative force of a presentation. In the first session, you’ll see how design principles and techniques like proximity, contrast, alignment and repetition can be used to bring your message into focus. You will have the opportunity to critique your own slides and exchange slide revision ideas with fellow boot campers to fuel your creativity and clarify your argument. In the second session, you’ll share your before-and-after slides with the group and get additional feedback to refine your visual presentation. You will leave the bootcamp with insight on how to transform a dull, visually monotonous or disorganized deck into a powerful display that helps audiences understand your message.

*Please bring your laptop and a slide deck you are working on to each session.

Workshop is lead by Helen Lie, Ed.D., lecturer in the Oral Communication Program.

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Open to enrolled graduate students at any stage in any discipline or degree program. Priority given to doctoral students. Open to postdoctoral scholars if space is available.

Space is limited. Due to the workshop's interactive format, full participation in both sessions is required.

If you are accepted to this workshop you must confirm your place by submitting a Student Participation Fee Agreement, which authorizes VPGE to charge $50 to your Stanford bill – only if you do not fully participate in the event. You will receive a link to the Agreement and instructions if you are offered a place.

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