Today’s post sits over at Überzeugend präsentieren, the German presentation weblog of Michael Gerharz. Thank you for asking! I really do appreciate what you are doing to improve presentations and your blog is on my class reading list for my students.
The article is about why I prefer to use my own images in slide shows: They hold a special magic. Slides with liner notes in invisible ink. My images provide me with an extra memory. I know exactly what line of thought I have tied to each of them, and they give my slide decks my own style, my very own handwriting. I believe in good handwriting.
Images dream, whisper and scream. Why not let them speak in your own voice? Voices carry.
Seen in Berlin
The post is also about using street art – graffiti as well as sticker art.
Whenever I am in the city, I collect examples of rough urban communication patterns. Images that go against the grain, that bring some grittiness into the class room. Something that is not all golden, hazy sunsets or cut out business suits. Something that makes the digital just a touch more tangible again.
Street art takes away from the glam and gloss of stock photography and thus keeps an audience’s mind from wandering away too far. Street Art needs to be looked at and explored.
It also often comes with a tag line and the writing on the wall may prove to be more inspiring than you would have thought possible. If using such slides makes you less or more credible is something you must decide for yourself. I am only presenting the way I work.
Mind you, illegal art has rights too, so I usually add an image credit along these lines: Seen in Berlin.
As for my English speaking visitors: Even if you do not get the language, you may get the images.
[Thanks to all the street artists involved!]