As we get deeper into holidays, cash starts running low, laziness kicks in, which are the exact reasons to stay home and watch The Middle re-runs. But anyhow, today, I decided to write about something that I love doing in my very academic life – slides!
Here, I’ll give you my two tips on visuals and fonts that I use myself when I make slides. So, here I’ll show you before and after version of the slides that I have previously made over.
The slides are my own making for my school projects for various modules, and most of the slides are the actual slides that my group mates had sent me for compilation. So, these are really not fabrications to illustrate a stark contrast.
Tip 1: Using visuals effectively
Before and after slides for Public International Law
*A little background about the slides: this was a PIL project that I did a year ago, and the project was on the dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear Temple and one of the issues was that there was a 50 over year gap between the first ICJ judgment and second ICJ judgment. So, this was one of the transition slides for that.
There are three things that you could learn here:
(1) Don’t be lazy in Google search images
The before slide was the first image that came to upon searching “The Hague Court” on Google. So, rather than jumping the gun and using whatever first few that came up, you could expand a little more effort into searching for the after picture that I got of the ICJ, which was perfectly symmetrical, thus, allowing me to half B&W it, to illustrate the passage of time.
(2) Incorporate words into the picture
You can tell the difference between the before and after. Two more below that I’ll be showing. And this is where your “Alpha Tool” for Keynote users and “Remove Background” tool for Powerpoint users come in very very handy.
(3) Use bold fonts for stunning effects. And cut down words.
Here are a few more examples to illustrate my point above.
Before and after Talent Management slides (commissioned work for a prof)
Here, notice how from a blank picture, the words were then incorporated into a space that is within the picture. Always look for white spaces like those. In fact, the white space where I typed out my words was not actually a white space initially, it was failed with charts and diagrams. Use “Alpha” to remove them so that you could get the white sheet. Alternatively, you could use “Mask with Shape” tool to cover up all the words that exist in the space that you wanted to use.
Before (first slide) and after (remaining three) slides for International & Comparative Criminal Justice
This was for ICCJ and the project concerns invasion and armed conflict and measures to overcome the issue. Notice how the infamous Title + Bullet points slide was broken down into three slides that could effectively convey the provisional measures through pictures. Rather than showcasing three bullet points at one go, the speaker could also pause and explain at each picture as to the intended aim of the interim measures.
Tip 2: Play with fonts!
This part is pretty simple. Here, the main thing is to be best friends with http://www.dafont.com and to have fun! And when you want to emphasise certain phrases or words, you can play with these three things: (1) different fonts, (2) different font sizes, and (3) different font colours.
As you can see, here all of the three tips that I have shared are at work. The roadmap is of a bigger size because it is the title. The four grounds of ICSID issues – Jurisdiction, Fair & Equitable Treatment, National Treatment, and MFN Treatment are all in different colours and fonts.
Hopefully, all of this helps and I’ll post more tips later on. With this, there’s already enough to learn! Of course, there are a lot more tips than this – using icons, how to present when information cannot be further cut down because you just need to cite the whole judgment on the slide (e.g. citing Lord Hoffmann’s judgment etc.). These are common problems that law students face. This is just a teeny weeny bit of what I have accumulated over the years in uni.
Anyway, lemme know of any burning slide question that you have and I’d be happy to help.