Design of presentations: Notes on principles and TeX implementation

Boris Veytsman
George Mason University and AES ITT Industries
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There are many TeX packages available for creating presentations. Mostly they imitate the ubiquitous style of a certain tool, striving to produce Power-Point-like slides, hopefully with better typographical execution.

In this talk the principles of good design for presentations are considered. We discuss the problems with the common design of presentations as well as the famous proposition by Tufte to avoid slides at all. We try to formulate the principles of good presentation design and discuss TeX implementations from this point of view.

The discussion is based on the author’s experience in making slides for talks, lectures and training sessions.