5 Ways to Improve the Design of Your PowerPoint Training Decks
Whether you’re an accidental instructional designer or the person tasked with creating learning materials for your department, you're likely using PowerPoint to create your learning.
Even if your content is solid, you may feel that you could stand to improve your design skills a little. The good news is that you’ve got PowerPoint right at your fingertips! It's a robust design tool that can help you create some amazing graphics. This article will give you five easy-to-use tips that you can start using right away.
Let’s get started.
Tip 1: Find a color palette
The first thing you can do today to improve your PowerPoint training decks is to choose a simple color palette and try your best to stick to it. You may have free reign to choose your colors, or your company may have brand standards that tie your hands. Either way, it’s best to decide on your color palette in advance, and stick to it throughout your training deck.
Why this works: A color palette ties your entire design together. It allows your learner to focus on your content instead of being distracted by how it looks.
If the color palette is completely up to you, you might try finding an image with a color scheme that you like and pulling the colors from that design. As an example, check out this design using an image from designer elena resko. It uses Blue, Yellow, Orange, and White (yes, white part of the palette).
Tip 2: Simplify your color palette
Tip 3: Remember: black doesn’t always go with everything
Tip 4: Skip the outlines
Tip 5: Use the built-in PowerPoint icon set
- Find a color palette
- Simplify your color palette
- Remember: black doesn’t always go with everything
- Skip the outlines
- Use the built-in PowerPoint icon set