From Roosevelt “Duties of American Citizenship”, to Gandhi’s “Quit India”, to Steve Jobs “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”, to Malala Yousafzai “Forgotten Children” – the style & tenor of the presentation change from one generation to another.
Contribution from new age Marketers & Entrepreneurs such as Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Garr Reynolds & many others are significant. Today, common sense design seems to prevail – less is more, flat design, real visuals, and storytelling are some of the dominating themes.
Here are the list of presentation trends from our design experts.
Trend 1: Not just any image, tell a story
Presenters love stock image sites like Shutterstock & iStockPhoto for the range of images they offer. The trend is changing now. More & more business leaders are now preferring real images that narrate a story, rather than using images just for the sake of using them.
Trend 2: Reusable templates, makes you a design pro
Are you still spending hours designing your own slides? Presentation template sites like SlideCEO.com offer thousands of business slides. You just have to download & start using them. Start looking like a design pro with the templates from slide stock sites.
Trend 3: Flat design, keeps design simple
Simplicity in design, cross device compatibility, easy to understand are some of the feature that makes flat design popular. This trend will continue to dominate in Powerpoint presentation design as well.
Trend 4: Real-time collaboration, takes center stage
Real-time collaboration is exciting and highly rated among the young workforce. New presentation platforms such as Google Slides are revolutionizing the way people collaborate. Multiple users can simultaneously work on same presentation from different countries.
We expect collaboration to get better with features such as voice based commenting, voice command & AI powered algorithms.
Trend 5: Version control, gets better
Do you remember the days where controlling the version of the Powerpoint use to be a nightmare. Today version control is much simpler with Cloud based automated version management systems.
Trend 6: Mobile phone, small screen – big traction
Mobile friendly presentation tool like the mobile phone projectors are seeing rapid adoption by the business users. Sales executives making their pitch from smart phones or tablet is very common today.
Small screen presentation design is very different from regular design. We will see micro simplification of design with less than 10 words per slide. This trend is already catching up fast.
Trend 7: Virtual reality, will rule the stage
Virtual reality has gained momentum in the last couple of years, with investments from technology giants such as Facebook, Google & Microsoft. They are expected to take the presentation experience even more closer to the reality – imagine being taken to Africa for a presentation on African safari.
Trend 8: Audience feedback, within minutes
Do you still leave the stage without a clue on how your audience feel? Technology is better now, some of the advanced tool enable you to get real-time feedback even before you complete your presentation. Checkout Zoho ShowTime, it allows you to get direct feedback from the audience within minutes.
Hope you enjoyed our analysis. Do share your thoughts with us.