You don't become one of the most successful authors without having failures. If you are J. K. Rowling, then you have more than a lifetime of them. In today's Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights post, J. K. Rowling advises us that failures are part of a life well lived and perhaps if we are not failing we are not truly living.
This slide came together pretty naturally as it relies on the classic photo of a person with a black background and white text. Given that Rowling is a popular and current author, there are a great number of high quality images with solid backgrounds readily available. This image gives us a lot of canvas to work with. I used line breaks to give the quote a better rhythm when reading line by line. While the second line is much longer than the rest, I like seeing the phrase "without failing at something," all on one line.
For the fonts, I went with Adobe Garamond Pro which happens to be the same font used in the Harry Potter books. For the signature, I chose Lumos which is the font used for the chapter titles in the US editions of the the books and for J. K. Rowling's name on the cover. If you love fonts and Harry Potter then you should check out this font roundup from the Harry Potter Fan Zone.
At the June 2008 Harvard Commencement, J. K. Rowling professes The Fringe Benefits of Failure. The 20 minute speech takes us through the many ups and mostly downs of her life and how those failures ultimately allowed her to create one of the most successful book and movie series of all time.