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    November 24, 2008 by Nancy Duarte

    Exciting news–I’ve just learned there’s quite a buzz about my talk at Columbia tomorrow, so we’ve been moved to a bigger room! The presentation has been moved from Uris Hall to Warren Hall.


    Tuesday, November 25 from 12:30-2pm

    Columbia Business School, Warren Hall, Room 209

    And don’t forget, I’ll be speaking at the SoHo Apple store TONIGHT at 6:30! Hope to see you there!

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    Posted November 24th, 2008 at 4:10 pm by Nancy Duarte

    Not an Apple Store Today…

    November 21, 2008 by Paula Tesch

    …can keep Nancy away.

    Some of you may know Nancy recently spoke at San Francisco’s Apple store. Well, if you East Coasters were jealous of your Western brethren, you’re in luck! While in New York, Nancy will be speaking at the Apple store in SoHo. So head on down to the corner of Prince and Greene this Monday night, and don’t let us San Francisco hippies be the only ones who get enjoy the show.

    Who: Nancy Duarte
    What: Creating Great Presentations
    When: Monday, 11/24 @ 6:30pm
    Where: Apple Store, SoHo
    103 Prince Street
    New York City, NY 10012

    image courtesy of flickr user Midnight Talker

    By the way, if anyone has any recommendations for good eats in New York, let us know…

    The Big Apple may be home to great cuisine, but it’s got a hard act to follow-Pittsburgh held its own! Nancy took Ryan to celebrate his birthday at a beautiful restaurant called Eleven, and they gave it RAVE reviews.

    Le Mont on Mt. Washington wasn’t too shabby either! It overlooks USA Today’s #2 pick on its list of the “Ten Most Beautiful Places in America.” With a view of the entire Pittsburgh skyline, and Steelers’ Stadium, where in New York can compare?!

    image courtesy of flickr user charnessa

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    Posted November 21st, 2008 at 7:24 pm by Paula Tesch

    CMU’s Randy Pausch’s S.T.A.R. Moments

    The meetings at Carnegie Mellon were amazing. The students and faculty here are very energetic and smart. The first order of business was a critique that Ryan Orcutt and I held with the grad students. The students are working hard on the AIGA Aspen Design Challenge. The water crisis is so vast we could see the struggle the students had in narrowing their focus because there’s just too much to solve. These bright students have come up with some intriguing solutions. Good luck!

    I hosted a workshop and delivered a lecture. But how could I make a trip to Carnegie Mellon without remembering one of CMUs most compelling presenters of all time, Randy Pausch? The delivery of his Last Lecture has been viewed nearly eight million times on YouTube but many more saw him on Oprah or have read his book. I re-watched the presentation this morning as a tribute to him. He incorporated many S.T.A.R. moments in his presentation. Eric on my team coined that acronym. It stands for Something They’ll Always Remember. Each presentation should have at least one. Randy’s had about ten.

    Randy used personal stories, props, humor and surprise, which are some of the components in a great presentation. He was a fantastic human and a spectacular presenter. He’s sorely missed.

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    Posted November 21st, 2008 at 2:14 pm by Nancy Duarte

    Information Design Handbook

    November 19, 2008 by Nancy Duarte

    The Information Design Handbook

    There’s a lovely new book that just came out called The Information Design Handbook by Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady. it is similar to mine but they focus on the principles of information design (their book is square too which is cool!)

    Most of the content in the book can apply to slide design. Here are some that stood out as being readily applicable to presentations:

    Grouping is a design principle that wasn’t covered in my book, but it’s a good one. When you arrange information, their proximity and placement lead the viewer to believe they belong together. Meaning can dramatically change the context of content. In the example to the left, our emotional response to the dog image changes dramatically when it is placed with an image of a young family or converted to grayscale and paired with a photograph of a cage.

    They also referenced a fascinating study on the ClearviewHwy type design project. The objective of the study was to create a font used in freeway signs that increased the distance of legibility. The goal was to improve safety and increase the distance of visibility for the visually impaired. This is important as the average age gets older every year. So, if my premise is true that slides are like road signs, looks like sans serif has won again!

    A nice nod to Richard Saul Wurman’s LATCH theory of organization is a must-have in a book like this. I covered it in an earlier post.

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    Posted November 19th, 2008 at 4:50 pm by Nancy Duarte

    Presentations at Carnegie Mellon & NYU!

    November 17, 2008 by Nancy Duarte

    Presenting at the Apple store was surreal.

    There was a nice enthusiastic crowd which included folks from O’Reilly, some family, some TEDsters, Tony Zander (who took the photos for me) and Bert Decker and his wife Dru. Bert did a great blog post on the power of Twitter for this event. He used Flip Video to capture the event. I think I need one of these. I tie my Twitter into my Facebook status so I only have to update one place. I’m not sure what happened in the last two days but I’ve had over 30 Twitter invites. I can’t seem to find the blog or article that pointed this way but it’s a great way to see immediate bursts of blog and press attention. It might have been Garr’s tweet that pointed to Bert’s blog post.

    Getting into the Apple store is a huge milestone for me. Almost all the books in the store are on how to use applications so mine really stands out. Look how lovely slide:ology looks on their shelves:

    I won huge Mom points with my 18-year old son who put the Apple Store announcement on his Facebook page. He’s the one who talked me into buying a Mac years ago by telling me, “If you carry a Mac instead of a PC, you’ll look 15 pounds lighter.” That’s all I needed for a sales pitch.

    In other news, they gave slide:ology away at the Convergence Conference last week in addition to the TED book club which is pretty cool.

    There are two more speaking engagements in the next two weeks. Ryan Orcutt and I will be presenting at Carnegie Mellon University. We’ll be working on Wednesday with the design grad students and critiquing the work they’re doing for the AIGA Aspen Design Challenge. After that, we hold a workshop on diagrams and data and than Thursday evening there’ll be a public lecture which you’re all invited to.

    After that, I’ll visit my Mom and sister in Hattiesburg, MS and then head up to NYC to speak at Columbia Business School at NYU. That presentation is from 12:30 to 2pm at Warren Hall.

    After that little whirlwind, the family is coming to meet me in NYC and we plan to watch the Thanksgiving day parade, eat Thanksgiving dinner at Tavern on the Green, see an opera and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. It just doesn’t get better than that!

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    Posted November 17th, 2008 at 2:45 pm by Nancy Duarte

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