Suggestions for Preparing Your Presentation
When preparing your presentation video, please keep the following suggestions in mind:
- Select a slide format that has high contrast and readable text.
- Avoid busy patterns or images which can be difficult to read.
- Use large text so that it is easy to read and displays well on some attendee’s devices.
- Patterns and small text are prone to video compression artifacts and other distortions when the video is streamed.
- People with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) can have difficulties distinguishing between different colors in graphics and slides. There are resources online you can use to improve your color combinations: Coblis — Color Blindness Simulator.
- Organize your content to be clear and approachable to everyone.
- Instead of relying on equations or detailed definitions, you can connect better with your audience through real-world examples.
- Explain your approach in the context of the questions you are trying to answer.
- When explaining results, focus on how they tie back to your original questions.
- Add images, demonstrations, and other illustrative tools where appropriate.
- Limit bulleted lists to no more than five bullets and avoid cluttering your slides with text.
- Be selective with visuals and ensure that all images have descriptive text for increased accessibility.
- Since you are creating and editing the final video, you can easily include system demos or animations directly within the presentation.
- Consider creating a script and designing your presentation with captioning in mind: minimize how much content you place on the lower third of your slides to improve the readability when the captioning is added.