Never a boring presentation ye shall make!

One of your goals with creating the presentation is that it shouldn’t be boring. Boring manifests itself in lots of ways – from your verbal delivery to the content of your slides. Another point of “boring-ness,” however, is how the presentation looks. A well-designed layout goes a long way in engaging an audience. Although there are endless themes that you can download for your Google Slides and/or PowerPoint presentations, a design that is customized towards your topic will further elevate the content.

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A Custom Bar Graph

If the basic bar graph feels a little boring, there are plenty of ways in Illustrator to spruce it up. In this tutorial, we’ll take the basic bar graph and embellish the bars with a photo.

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Pie Chart – Visual Analogy

In this tutorial, we will create a pie chart and then crop it to the shape of a coffee cup, By using this shape it will reinforce to your viewers what the chart is describing.

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Stacked Column Chart – Visual Analogy

In this tutorial, we will use the stacked column graph tool and a layer mask to create a diagram of how to make a cappuccino. The visual analogy of this chart uses the outline of a coffee cup and clear proportions to illustrate the recipe.

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A Comparison Chart and Visual Analogy

In this tutorial, we will be creating a simple comparison chart with embellished graphics to develop a higher level of understanding. The goal of this diagram is to deliver information quickly and in a way that is readily understood. For this comparison, we will present two pieces of data side by side. The viewer can take away from the comparison that one thing is larger than another thing and that the comparison may have something to do with water and/or rain. It is up to you as the presenter or editorial designer to fill in the missing pieces.

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Creating an Icon in Illustrator

For this tutorial, we will be making a highly abstracted icon of a pointing hand using some very simple shapes. Beyond being an exercise in using the pathfinder tool, the tutorial presents a way of thinking about creating icons.

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Make a cool vector drop shadow in Illustrator

This quick tutorial will show you how to create a cool vector drop shadow effect with a custom pattern and some quick adjustments in the Appearances Panel.

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Faded Halftone Text in Illustrator

This is a quick tutorial on how to apply a halftone to live text in Illustrator. What’s great about this one is that it opens up so many possibilities in regards to live text effects in Illustrator. I’ll provide some further examples at the end.

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A Curated Layout in Indesign

In this tutorial, we will make a highly customized “curated layout” – a layout that displays a rich amount of information in a way that is easily consumed and offers the viewer a number of ways to enter into the page. It’s a bit long but not very complicated. As an added bonus the copy contains some observations about editorial design.

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An Optical Illusion Illustrator Pattern

In a few simple steps make a seamless pattern in Illustrator that will baffle your friends and amaze your co-workers!

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