Did you know that PowerPoint was originally intended for creating overhead transparencies on a Mac in 1987? Yes, Death by PowerPoint has been around for over 30 years. So how do we keep PowerPoint presentations fresh and engaging after all this time?
It’s in the PowerPoint design. There are more PowerPoint design ideas than just the basic templates. You just have to know where to find them.
What are PowerPoint designs?
If you thought PowerPoint design was just another way of saying template, you wouldn’t be wrong. But there’s more. PowerPoint design ideas aren’t just thoughts about what a presentation looks like. It’s a real tool in PowerPoint called design ideasalso known as PowerPoint Designer.
PowerPoint Design Ideas randomly and automatically generates designs based on your content to apply to a slide show. It can suggest changes to your charts, tables, images and convert text into timelines, lists or processes to make it more readable.
PowerPoint Designer also notes important keywords and suggests related illustrations. If you’re in the Office Insiders program, PowerPoint Designer can also suggest title slide layouts and images.
In the image above, the large image is the regular slide, and the three smaller images are some suggestions from the Design Ideas tool. What a great way to customize your PowerPoint.
Where can I find other PowerPoint design ideas?
The PowerPoint Designer is useful, but it’s arbitrary and won’t always meet your needs. That’s when you should start looking for other PowerPoint ideas, inspirations, or templates.
Search for PowerPoint decks on your topic
Let’s say you are creating a PowerPoint presentation to present to your local government. You want it to look professional, but what’s appropriate?
Open your favorite search site, use the file type: operator in your search and limit the results to that specific file type. Search for something like file type:pptx presentation to city council† You will find something that sparks an idea.
Think of SlideShare as a medium, but for slideshows. If you use SlideShare’s search feature, you’re sure to find something to inspire your PowerPoint deck design. While you’re there, figure out the topic and maybe learn more about it.
If you’re proud of your PowerPoint presentation, sign up to SlideShare with your LinkedIn or Facebook account and share it with the world.
Pinterest for PowerPoint Design Ideas
That’s the whole point of Pinterest, isn’t it? The social site is all about visual inspiration and information.
At the beginning, Pinterest was mainly about arts and crafts, but it has exploded in every field of interest. You will be surprised by the professional PowerPoint designs you will find. Plus, you’re likely to find some other great PowerPoint tips.
Find a Free PowerPoint Design Template
You’ve seen sites that offer free images, illustrations, and videos, so why shouldn’t there be sites that offer free PowerPoint templates? Of course there are. We’ll even show you the best websites for free PowerPoint templates†
Buy a PowerPoint design template
Free is everyone’s favorite prize, but what you get may not be good enough. Purchase a PowerPoint template created by a professional designer. View sites like Envato’s GraphicRiver† Creative marketeven Etsy† You can find PowerPoint templates for under $10 and up to whatever you want.
Using Mood Boards for PowerPoint Design Ideas
Designers create mood boards, or collages of inspiration, to reflect the look and feel of an idea or subject.
One of the great things about mood boards is that you can save them over time as a scrapbook so you can go back and reference them for other projects. You can create a mood board and get inspiration from others on the mood board Place.
Hire a PowerPoint Design Freelancer
Sometimes it’s just better and easier to hire a professional to do the job. Having your PowerPoint deck professionally designed can also be inexpensive. Some of the best sites to find a freelancer are: Guru† People Per Hour† UpWorkand of course, fiverr†
Microsoft PowerPoint Template Designs
You think, “Yeah, I already know there are ready-made templates in PowerPoint.” That might be enough for your presentation. If not, don’t forget to look at Microsoft Office Templates Place. You will find hundreds of free and premium templatesguaranteed to work with PowerPoint.
Yes, there are premium templates you can buy. If one of the premium templates sparks a design idea for your PowerPoint presentation, that’s great too. Just don’t copy it.
What else can you do with your PowerPoint presentation?
Keeping your presentation captivating is a challenge. Using a unique design will help, but consider some other things.
If you don’t like public speaking, add narration to your PowerPoint† You can also add music to PowerPoint† Want to add some movement? Insert an animated GIF or YouTube video into the PowerPoint slides. What are your favorite ways to spice up PowerPoint?