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words. images. artefacts.

After you’ve finished writing your essays you’ll need to prepare your presentation.

Background and general guidelines:

This part of the project is inspired by the business world’s elevator pitch and the university’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition, but it was chosen because it offers the opportunity to practice presenting your ideas to an employer, client or colleague in a clear and succinct manner.

The biggest challenge will be summing up the main points from each essay. Since each person’s essays will be unique to their research and position on the topic, there is no single or best way to organise your presentation. However, each essay is effectively divided into two parts and you could use one slide for each part.

For example, for the first essay you might use one slide to present the three values your research uncovered and why you agree or disagree, and one slide to present your personal ethos and explain why it’s important. For the second essay, you could use one slide to state and defend your position on whether you think amateur design is a threat to professional design, and another slide to explain what you think you can gain and/or lose from collaborating with non-designers.

Just remember to include ONLY the main points or conclusions. If you use four slides, for example, you only have 45 seconds to tell us about each one. Be sure to practice your presentation at home to make sure you’re within the allotted time – everyone will be cut off at 3 minutes.

A few important tips:

1) For your slides, individual words or phrases work better than full sentences. (They should trigger your memory and help us follow what you’re saying.)

2) The visual design of your slides is important; pay attention to the layout and colour of image and text. (Make sure that the audience can actually read what you’ve written and that any images support what you’re saying.)

3) It’s good to have notes or speaking points, but don’t forget to make eye contact with the audience. (Don’t just stand up and read what you have written down; it should be more conversational.)

Some good links:

Jason Santa Maria: Make Yourself Presentable

Oral Presentation Guide (PDF)

Overcoming Presentation Anxiety

A few reminders:

The assessment criteria are in your project brief, and here’s a reminder of the requirements:

Each presentation should include at least one slide for each essay, but cannot exceed four slides in total.

Your oral presentation must not exceed 3 min. (180 sec.) in length.

1) The selection of text and/or images used to represent the content of your essays is up to you, but they should support audience comprehension and help guide your oral presentation.

2) The visual design of each slide is up to you, but all slides should use a coherent and consistent style to form a set.

3) Please proofread carefully for typos, spelling and grammar.

4) Please email a copy (lastname.presentation.ppx) of your presentation to the Course Coordinator no later than 9am on the due date.

And that’s it!

This should cover everything you need to know, but if you have any other questions or concerns please email Anne or Catherine by end of day Friday. (Sorry, but we can’t promise to be available over the weekend.)


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