Through visuals, you can improve the perceived professionalism of your presentation. Indeed, the correct visual choices help engage your audience consciously and unconsciously.
Enter InfographicsInformational graphics, or infographics, use any means (and graphic type) necessary to improve understanding. Infographics can include symbols, quantitative charts, and photographs; most use visual metaphors to communicate. For example, to explain transition, consider a bridge infographic. One side is the current situation, and the opposite side is the goal state (see figure below from A Trainer’s Guide to PowerPoint: Best Practices for Master Presenters).
Figure 1. An Infographic Shows Transition With a Bridge Metaphor
As with colors and fonts, the style of your infographic sends a message to your learner. For example, a layout with a simplified, clean aesthetic tells your audience that the content is modern 117 Render: Design Principles for Professional Slides and, perhaps, innovative. A traditional aesthetic communicates that your content is established and trusted. Style is another visual queue that engages your learner unconsciously.
The styles of the three infographics in Figure 5-20 (from A Trainer’s Guide to PowerPoint Best Practices for Master Presenters ) convey different messages. For example, the left-most infographic uses large text, a relatively fun font, saturated colors, and a cartoon-like style. These choices make the content more approachable and appealing to certain audiences. Compare that with the center infographic, which uses a traditional font and icons with subdued, mostly monochromatic colors. As a result, it is perceived to be more academic. The third design’s aesthetic choices send yet another message to its target audience. Style plays a critical role in how you and your content are perceived.
Figure 2. Infographics Conveying Different Messages