Edward R. Tufte - The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
Yes, I realise the irony of using bullet points to summarise this too. But some notes are better than no notes.
- Presenters love PowerPoint, not audiences
- PP is so low on information density that truths must be abbreviated to fit
- Bullets can't show complex relationships, can only show ONE of these:
- Or simple set membership
<li>Tufte recommends sentences with subjects and verbs rather than bullets</li> <li>Quote from Richard Feynman (re: NASSA and his role on commission investigating Challenger disaster in '86):</li>
Then we learned about "bullets" - little black circles in front of phrases that were supposed to summarise things. There was one after another of these goddamn bullets in our briefing books on slides
- Thin content -> boring presentations -> adding PPPhluff
- Greater detail means greater clarity and gives context
- Branding on PP slides is insidious
- "The way to make big improvements in a presentation is to get better content"
- Avoid hierarchies of bullets
- Never read from slides
- Never use PP for paper reports
- Instead of PP, use handouts of additional material that is dense in information