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Slip sliding away


This was one of the SEE #5 few slides that actually had more than a few words on it (well, apart from the one talk that was completely illegible when it came to both verbal and visual content; but that one is a story in itself). After hundreds of images and impressions, it was quite refreshing to have this short, crisp and clean summary.

Easy to see, easy to read, easy to understand even though the majority of the audience was German. The parallel sentence structure and short verbs helped just as much as the generous white space and the formatting. And not a bullet point in sight.

Lists. They are loyal work horses. Just don’t try to win a race right from the start with one. This slide came when we needed it, into minute fourteen, when Andrew was talking about the main points of Morgan Kaufmann’s Persuasive Technology.

After that, many images and examples of his students’ work, including a dress that shows how nervous its wearer is.

Stage fright is only a topic when you let itself make it one, I always say. Some tells are just louder than others. I like the idea of a tell-tale dress and I am sure it will slip-slide its way into my classes soon.

Revisiting (SEE #5)


Still basking in the afterglow of the input and the discussions  at the SEE #5. Going there was so much the right thing to do.

Using a quiet Wednesday morning to revisit and redo my old presentation site that seriously needed a bit of a facelift.  And some spark of life. I was never happy with ready-made templates and blog software, and this was never more than a business card anyway, but right now I want something quick and dirty and bring this back to life. That’s what good real life meetings do to you: you appreciate everything web even more so.

In the meantime, my favorite quotes (as close as I recall them) :

  • The world is a reef. Dieter Brell from 3deluxe.
  • I studied to become a scientist. That never happened and I became a dancer instead. Chunkymoves.
  • A visualization is a persuasion in itself. We like looking at it. But when you ask people what they have taken away from it, they do not know. Andrew Vande Moere from infosthetics.
  • Understanding the numbers we live by is empowerment. Anke Tröder.