February 9, 2008

Is the font on your PowerPoint big enough?

Dave Paradi did the research so you can always know how to determine the right font size for your PowerPoint!

Read his post and then click the link to download his handy table which breaks down appropriate font size by screen size and the distance to the furthest person in the room.

Now, you're not always going to have the luxury of having these exact variables at your fingertips, especially the screen size, which you might not know until the last minute. But at least having an idea of the room size will help get you to the appropriate font size.

Probably better to err on the side of too big, right?

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4 comments. Please add yours! :

Anonymous said...

Such a good resource! I've been in a number of PowerPoint presentations and one of the biggest flaws (besides too many words or bad color) is the font size. Sometimes that's probably because they're trying to work in too many words....maybe it should be a hint. Others don't take into account computer vs. screen.

Lisa Braithwaite said...

So true. People try to get every detail on the slide, mistaking the slide for the presentation instead of just a supplemental tool.

Rui Pedro Caramez said...

Lisa, the topic is very interesting. To add some humour to the comment, i suggest seeing the video of Don McMillan (www.donmcmillan.com) on how not to use powerpoints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLpjrHzgSRM
Don puts everything in order when it comes to powerpoint presentations.

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Thanks for the link, Pedro. I'll check it out!

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