by Adam Noar
Coming up with cool design ideas for your next important PowerPoint presentation doesn’t just happen automatically in your mind.
Even for us Panda’s it’s not always easy to come up with creativity on demand.
Instead of getting frustrated and upset you need to find presentation design inspiration from other design sources to help fuel your creativity.
In the past, we’ve talked about how to come up with a killer theme for your presentation using a mood board for displaying your different inspirational ideas.
To help take your slides to the next level, we have compiled a list of some the best places to find design inspiration for your next PowerPoint presentation.
#1) Note and Point – Hand Selected PowerPoint Decks To Get Your Creativity Flowing
Note & Point is simply one of the best websites I’ve ever seen dedicated to well-designed visual presentations.
While I am a big SlideShare fan (more on that in a bit), Note & Point does a better job at filtering the death-by-PowerPoint (i.e., the ones that suck) to only feature elegant, awesome looking PowerPoint and Keynote decks.
Not only is Note & Point full of awesome prsentation design examples, most of their presentations are actually design related, so you get to learn some great stuff about design along the way!
Here are some great examples of presentations featured on Note & Point. The presentations are a few years old but they are still good looking decks.
#2) Dribble – Where The Best Designers Showcase Their Talents
Dribbble is an awesome site that showcases some of the best digital design on the web.
It’s home to an all-star group of designers, ranging from leaders in today’s design world to outright spectacular up-and-coming designers.
Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots (shots) that show their work, process, and current projects.
While the community is invite-only, anyone is free to spectate and soak in the design inspiration.
Using the search bar you can search for PowerPoint inspiration on whatever you heart desires. For example, imagine you’re putting together a presentation and want to use a Game of Thrones theme. Simply type in “Game of Thrones” into the search bar and instantly you will be given tons of awesome designs around that topic (as seen in the image below).
Game of Thrones Image by Awesomed
Pretty cool right?
We browse Dribble all the time when coming up with PowerPoint ideas for clients.
Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
#3) SlideShare – Get Inspired by the Social Media of PowerPoint Presentations
Great SlideShare presentations inspire and entertain. In fact our team of Pandas like SlideShare so much that we have uploaded over 15 presentations over the past couple years which has given us close to 1,000,000 views. If your interested to learn about our SlideShare success click here.
SlideShare is a great place for finding inspirational PowerPoint design.
When it comes to SlideShare not all SlideShare’s are of exceptional quality. And of course you don’t want to be taking in inspiration from sucky PowerPoints.
Therefore, you will need to turn on some filters in order to weed out the good ones from the bad.
The best way to do this is to:
1) Go to a presentation topic such as design “Design”
2) Filter the search results by “Popular”
3) Select More Filters
4) Change the time period to a greater length such as “Last 365 days” or “All Time”
Who knows, you may see even get some ideas from the various PowerPoint decks that we have created when you filter your search :D
#4) Canva – Browse Clean Looking Presentation Layouts for Instant Inspiration
Canva is another great destination for finding unique ideas for PowerPoint.
If you’re not familiar with Canva, the website is essentially a design service that takes the friction out of designing. The website has reached a whopping 2M users in the first two years of launching and has been growing rapidly ever since.
To explore some presentation inspiration from Canva all you have to do is choose one of 11 available templates (including presentation templates) or start from a custom-sized blank canvas. You then use the Layouts and Background tabs to get a rough idea of what you want to design. These tabs are chock-full of options to choose from, whether you want a complete template or just a nice background to build on.
Canva also has a dedicated page for presentation templates that you can browse to get layout ideas for your slides.
#5) Graphic River – These Beautifully Designed Presentation Templates Will Feed Your Creative Mind
We talk about Graphic River all the time here at Presentation Panda.
We obviously hold them in high regard considering we sell our award winning presentation template (The Influencer) over there.
But besides that, Graphic River is an excellent destination for finding PowerPoint inspiration.
Similar to SlideShare, some presentation decks featured on the website are better than others.
To save you some time, here is a list of 10 professional PowerPoint template decks that you should check out. And for extra credit you may want to check out some of the best PowerPoint templates of 2016.
Even if don’t purchase any of the templates, browsing these professionally designed decks should fill your head with plenty of presentation ideas for your next big project.
#6) Pinterest – Scan Presentation Related Boards For Awesome Presentation Ideas
Pinterest is another place for finding awesome ppt ideas for your next important project.
Did you know that Pinterest is one of the biggest and fastest growing imaged-based social media platforms and is a great source for finding inspiration online?
Packed with stunning images, graphics, templates and more Pinterest is easy-as-pie to navigate and search.
If you’re new to Pinterest and do not follow any design related boards, the best way to find cool inspiring ideas is to use the main search bar.
Within the search bar, a few things you may want to consider searching for include “presentation design,” “presentation templates,” and “PowerPoint presentation.
And don’t forget to set up your own Pinterest account to store and refer back to the presentation design examples you like the most.
#7) Creative Market – Another Great Source for Graphic Related Items
Similar to Graphic River, Creative Market is a place for buying graphic related items from today’s leading designers. They have presentation templates that you can browse for inspiration and also purchase if you want to save some time.
To find PowerPoint inspiration on Creative Market click on the “Templates” category and then select “Presentation” within the drop down menu.
They have lots of presentation templates to get inspired from. Some are better than others so you may want to filter the templates by “most popular” or take a look at the selection of “hand picked” templates from the Creative Market review team.
In my humble opinion, I think the quality of presentation templates over at Graphic River is better than Creative Market. And of course, the better the templates, the better inspiration you will get from them.
I would be interested to hear what others think about this in the comments.
#8) Design Seeds – The Perfect Site for Finding PowerPoint Color Inspiration
When it comes to finding colors for your slides Design Seeds is top notch.
Design Seeds is an awesome website for finding inspiring colors to use in your presentation.
Design Seeds provides you with inspiration to build seamless color combination palettes based on high resolution photos.
What’s super cool about their catalog is that each of the colors that is featured prominently in any given image can be searched for in Design Seeds’ database, so if for example an earthy shade of orange catches your eye in a picture of autumn leaves, you can search for other photos that have that exact same shade.
You can also search the website for an exact color value using their simple color slider or search by themes such as winter, rustic or succulents.
Tips for Better Presentation Inspiration Hunting
1) As you become better at finding PowerPoint design inspiration, one of the best things you can do is to start collecting things you’ve read, seen or listened to that you found interesting or inspiring. You can do this by bookmarking websites to refer back to; pinning images to a Pinterest board; and following designers on SlideShare and Dribble. Creating a collection of images and designs will provide you with a reference source for future projects. Tools like Evernote and Google Drive can also be a good way to capture things you find online.
2) Finding awesome inspiration for your PowerPoint decks can be time consuming. Walking away from your laptop every now and then and and getting some fresh air can do wonders for recharging the mind and energy levels. If you’re feeling stuck or uninspired, take 5 minutes or 30 minutes to go outside and you’ll be surprised with what your mind can come up with based on the initial inspirations you have come across.
3) Remember, when it comes to finding ideas one piece of design inspiration leads to another and another. Keeping some type of mood board (see example below) will help you think about new things to search for within the various websites mentioned above.
Inspiration is the motivator that drives us from the start of a PowerPoint presentation project and stays with us until all the slides have been successfully designed.
Whether it’s going out and finding the spark that will ignite your vision, or immersing yourself in a pool of inspiration and imagination, the web is filled with good places (like the ones mentioned in this article) to start your idea hunt.
I hope that you go out and explore some of the inspirational sources we’ve talked about today when creating your next presentation.
Here’s my question for you?
Do you have a favorite place for finding inspiration for your PowerPoint presentations. If so, share your go-to source(s) in the comments below. I’m really eager to know where you guys find your inspiration for ppt slides.
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