This is the start of something brand new for me that I am calling Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights. Each week, I plan to post a series of slides that focus on a common theme and provide some tips on my thinking in the design. This week's theme: IMPOSSIBLE.
Over the course of the 2019 Summer Tour, it seemed that at every stop along the way, I had people asking me for advice on how to design better slides and if I had ever thought about teaching a course on that. Ironically, the first strand that I taught at Confratute at the University of Connecticut back in 2006 was a weeklong strand on how to use PowerPoint. I guess that there is still a need for that. So, I am currently exploring ways to make this happen in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, I plan to regularly post slides that I have used in presentations as well as brand new and never before seen slides. To create some consistency and to give me attainable goal, I have decided to focus on slides that feature quotations. Nearly every presentation or lesson includes at least one quote, but often these are some of the worst slides in the deck.
It is really no secret that I am Disney obsessed. Uncle Walt is a great source for inspiration and wisdom. I like this quote because it is short and really playful and childlike while still being a very bold statement.
For this slide I wanted to include an image of Walt Disney that made him seem very childlike and somewhat mischievous. He almost seems tickled with himself that he made Disneyland actually happen. The image is actually a more square than rectangular to completely fill the slide, I expanded it but cropped off the top of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
I used a font called Waltograph for the Disney signature.
I wanted the quote to wrap around his head filling the space up while still keeping that central courtyard open. I layered the text to create a shadow effect that allowed the text to stand out and not get lost in the background.
I hope you enjoy it!