Design ideas to help you avoid bullet lists


Avoid bullet lists: two before and after slides to give you ideas…

We know that PowerPoint gets a bad rap as a design tool – it does have limitations, but only a bad worker blames their tools. In the right hands, PowerPoint is a great tool. So even when you have to keep all of your text, there are still options.

Hopefully these slides will give you some inspiration:

Avoid bullet lists with sample 1

BEFORE:
This “Technology” slide shows a typical bullet list layout.
It’s a default layout that we see everywhere and is far from
interesting to look at. (It’s also challenging to remember
the content, but that’s another story!) Additionally, the title
of this slide also had very little meaning – until we developed it.

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AFTER:
The new heading and visuals help to lift the slide and
ignite more interest. This particular slide is best delivered in
an email format – simply because there’s still too much text
onscreen for effective presentation delivery.
To present onscreen: we’d recommend using light animation
to control the flow of information. Animation can prevent the
audience from feeling overwhelmed or reading ahead and
getting out of sync with the presenter.

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Avoid bullet lists with sample 2

BEFORE:
Another boring looking list with plenty of
text. (We’ve swapped out the content with Lorem Ipsum).

Before avoid bullet points

AFTER:
The addition of the image creates visual interest, and the
icon for “explore” does a good job of leading the eye to the
action points. Yet it’s still text heavy, and the image is purely
decorative. But for situations where you have to keep your
text – it’s simply better. And there’s nothing here that is
complicated or difficult for anyone using PowerPoint
to reproduce.

With PowerPoint it’s usually the lack of ideas that is the negative driving force behind so many slides.

We hope this gives you a couple of pointers. The principals are easy! But then, we would say that…

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For those situations where you have to keep your text – here’s another brilliant solution: Print Notes View to PDF in PowerPoint

Drop us a line if you need any help.