by Adam Noar
Nothing makes a presentation panda happier than variety—variety in choices of bamboo, napping spots, and of course, presentation slides. Sometimes the best way to learn how to design good looking slides is to see many examples of the same type of slide, which is what we’re going to be doing today. Here are 10 examples of slides from Graphic River that represent different ways of designing more or less the same type of slide.
In this post we are going to look at 10 different ways to design a “services slide” which is very common in investor pitch type presentations and other sorts of slides where you’re trying to convince someone to give you lots of money or just impress them in general. Keep in mind that all of the images in this presentation are sample templates found within Graphic River. If there are any slides that capture your imagination you can click on the image to be taken to the full template where you can download it through Graphic River. FYI, if you find a template that you fall in love with, they run about $12-$35—definitely an investment worth making!
Example #1: Orange is the Neue Black
There is something bright, bold and jazzy about using orange as a primary color in anything, whether it is your Lamborghini sports car, your frosted corn flakes cereal mascot, or your presentation slide. Orange says bright colors and bright ideas, and when you combine it with some super clean Bebas Neue font (one of my personal favorites), you have a combination that pretty much cannott go wrong.
With the simple, flat design scheme and elegantly crafted yet minimalistic images and vectors, you can tailor your slide to convey all sorts of great info in a sleek, sexy manner that will be sure to impress your clients and nail sales. Over a super bold orange background we have six tiles, arranged 3 x 2, with an eye-catching title in black and white. A slim black horizontal line subtly breaks up the frame from title:subtitle to the rest of the body, ensuring an easy-on the eyes transition from top to bottom. One simple image in each box catches your attention, and the inclusion of a black box in the upper middle part of the body really stands out and provides dramatic contrast for your spresentation slide. You can download this slide here.
Example #2: Blu
Blu, like the Italian language which it comes from, conveys a sense of sophistication, grace and elegance that are synonymous with great graphic design and slide presentation. Blu is all about keeping things simple and straightforward, with just a touch of class to make things look good.
Here, simple flat icons are laid horizontally across a midnight hued background. Blue is the motif that pulls things together; everything is consistently blue, from the vector elements to the text in the title and subtitle, as well as the logo in the bottom left corner and the slide scrolling arrows in the bottom right arrow. Each section is clearly marked off with different boxes, which are done in a light whitish-blue color that compliments the deeper blue used elsewhere on the slide. In the title section, the use of pure white is especially eye-popping compared to the dark background; it’s a good example of using “pure” colors sparingly to stand out against weaker or contrasting primary and secondary colors. The consistent blue color throught the slide makes the slide look sleek and polished, as opposed to the possible visual confusion that would arise if you tried putting in too many colors (but do not get the wrong idea—you can definitely use more than one color in a slide and make it look great, as you will see in the next slide). You can download this slide here.
Example #3 Polychrome
Sometimes you have to be a little bit fresh, a little bit creative, if you want to really grab someone’s attention. The Polychrome slide does a little bit more than binary colored slides, and with lots of color going on here, there is plenty of energy to go around. Simple, flat icons are easy on the eye with just enough sharpness to draw attention from one section to another. The icons are casually overlaid on top of a blurred background image, which creates a focal point for the text and icons.
Here, the focal point of the slide is the sequence of multicolored images, each with their own color and stylized design. Notice also how the boxes around each body match the color used in the designs—a small yet important complimentary detail. A little bubble in the bottom right corner counts of which slide number this is, and while the title section is not too crazy, it still calls attention by means of an enlarged font and a subtle horizontal color bar just beneath it. The only thing I would be careful with on this slide is not to include too much text—the current slide is a bit wordy, which makes reading the information a bit of a squinting exercise. As a friendly reminder, try not to put so many words on your slide presentations in the first place! You can download this slide here.
Example 4: Diamonds are Forever
As a famous James Bond villain once said, diamonds are forever. They look great around women’s necks, not so great on rappers’ teeth, but really, really great on slides like this one. This unique looking diamond display makes for a smart, simple looking presentation slide that is sure to get you attention.
The focus on large icons—in this case flat design fonts, which you should check out in this really helpful post—immediately draws the attention of your viewers, and the small text makes the icons stand out more and really pop out from the slide. It all comes together with a simple dark background that brings out the light blue colors utilized in the icons. Together with a text that ranges somewhere between gray and mauve, you have a slide that is maximized for visual impact. Naturally, this a great slide to promote big, grandiose ideas, and then to break them down on following presentation slides into bite-sized pieces for your audience. I would definitely recommend this template if you’re looking for a kickass opening slide, or perhaps a conclusion slide to wrap up your ideas into one nice piece. Like diamonds, this presentation slide’s value is priceless. You can download this slide here.
Example #5 Diagram Tree
Pop quiz: when you first looked at this slide, where did your eyes go first? One of the great aspects of this presentation slide is that its format is ideal for bringing your audience visually through a slide, from one idea to the next. The different topics branch off, sort of like a tree, and each branch sprouts some kind of brilliant idea related to whatever it is you’re talking about.
Once again, flat design keeps things simple and elegant—no need to go crazy with 3D design when you can render icons perfectly in two dimensions. The categories of your presentation are shown in a unique format that allows more negative space to fill the picture and make it easier for your audience to follow along. This slide presentation template was made for a good laser pointer, and also definitely not the sort of slide where you would ever want to use more than a word or two beneath each image. The whole point of a minimalistic, negative space design such as this one is to keep things as clean as possible, so if you’re going to use this template (I can’t recommend it enough!) make sure that you’re not overloading this sort of slide with anything more than a tiny bit of info on screen; the vast majority of it should be conveyed off-screen. You can download this slide here.
Example #6 Ze Venn Diagram
I’m not too sure who Venn was, but it’s always fun to pretend that whoever invented the namesake diagram with those fun circles came from some strange foreign country where people say “ze” instead of “the” and they create diagrams with circles instead of the usual grids. What first catches my attention when I view this slide is the red circle, which stands out immensely from the other two circles, which are varying shades of gray. This is a prime example of how color (red) and position (center) can create contrast and make certain elements on a slide stand out. Doing so directs the audience’s attention, and when you combine great composition and color with (hopefully) good content, you’ve got a winning formula.
Anyways, what we have here is a perfect example of using a really creative type of infographic within a presentation slide setting. Venn diagram style can come in handy particularly if you want to show that your services are related or to demonstrate which features or benefits are included with different types of signup packages that you offer. The simplistic minimalistic icons here make it an absolute beauty of a slide to play with—it is pretty remarkable what you can do when you have a stripped-down design to play with, rather than a bunch of extra unwieldy images and boxes that distract your audience but do not really add any additional useful information. You can download this slide here.
Example #7 Quadripartite
Here is perhaps one of the simplest yet most straightforward presentation slides yet. This design scheme revolves around square thumbnails, features a sleek black background with a very light texturing (check out this post for lots of awesome background ideas), and all the image placeholders are nicely aligned with the text on the slide. The result is a presentation slide that might not win many points in terms of “wow” factor, but it will certainly be one of the simplest to read. And frankly, as one of my fashionista friends once told me, if you are trying to impress someone you can never go wrong with black (or in this case charcoal gray), but you can definitely mess up if you try wearing something a bit more colorful.
That’s basically what is happening here: the quadripartite design gets straight to the point, while the yellow accenting keeps things from getting too dull (although it wouldn’t hurt to just go black and white and really keep the look here as minimalist as possible). You can download this slide here.
Example #8 The Bold Minimalist
If you have a weak spot for minimalist themes when it comes to apps or websites, this is probably the presentation slide for you. It doesn’t get much better than this: you have a beautiful, slightly blurred background (bonus points for picking a landscape with fog, which adds to the blurriness), in addition to bold, popping color icons in the foreground and simply designed information bars at the top and also along the bottom.
The key here is composing a slide that is harmonious based on several important factors. You need to pick a background that is beautiful but ideally contains either muted colors or desaturated so as not to distract from the bright icons in the immediate foreground. Your icons should preferably be flat, but most importantly should conform to the minimalist style that is present throughout the slide. You should also take good care here to use a much, much bigger font than what is currently on display—and that means cutting down on word usage, because it’s simply unacceptable to have a slide with so many words, especially when they are as illegible as these are! You can download this slide here.
Example #9 Les Visages
Ah, stock images—to be used sparingly for sure, they are usually the bane of my existence. There are two exceptions, however: When Vince Vaughn is in them. Also, this presentation slide does a good job using a stock image without making it front and center and turning the whole slide into a joke (which is what normally happens when you use stock images).
The slide here uses an engergetic stock photo background that doesn’t look overly cheesy (for once!). But thankfully, the focus of this slide is not on the stock photo, but on the big, bold text in the foreground, accompanied by simple flat design icons (you should by now realize that flat is the way to go), and four bold colors that lie adjacent to each other along the color spectrum. It’s pretty darn in sync, and if you have an especially corporate audience or business setting to present to, this slide might not be a bad choice. You can download this slide here.
Example #10 New York ‘89
Oh man, this slide makes me excited. I can’t quite put my finger on it, because there are several features that are so cool. First of all, the really unique layout here is awesome. It’s anything but traditional—the opposite of the linear design you see so often. Everything is spaced out somewhat randomly, and the gorgeous graphics make it a pleasure to let your eyes dance around the slide. Colorful flat images here combine nicely with a great font called Lobster (you can get it here for free).
So what is happening here, other than there’s a bunch of random hipster design icons that scream (at least to me) New York City just before the 1990s happened (ignoring the tablet and laptop, forgive me)? That’s the beauty of this slide: so much is happening that you can really tell a story here. I think this would be a great choice for a startup in a creative field pitching to an incubator or VC board—a great showcase of creativity that is almost explosive, and the sort of slide that, with a good dusting of charisma (that means you), should help you absolutely nail your presentation. You can download this slide here.
So, I hope you have some bright ideas for your next big presentation—there are so many different presentation slides out there, and one of them is bound to fit the sort of aesthetic you’re looking for. The purpose of this article was to showcase how there many different ways to design the same kind of slide, and I hope after reading this you will keep at least one of these templates in mind.
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