Visual Logorrhea – On the Prevalence of Slideuments

Visual Logorrhea - On the Prevalence of SlideumentsAbstract

Recent lite­ra­ture on pre­sen­ta­tion design advo­ca­tes highly visual sli­des avo­iding a lot of text. Rea­ding and listen­ing at the same time is assu­med to be impos­si­ble; long bul­le­ted lists of text are thought to be dis­trac­ting from the speech and the­re­fore to be avo­ided. Alt­hough the cri­ti­que of so-cal­led „sli­de­u­ments” is ubi­qui­tous, there is little to no quan­ti­ta­tive rese­arch on their pre­va­lence in pre­sen­ta­tion design. In order to close this gap, almost 1,500 ran­dom pre­sen­ta­ti­ons fre­ely avail­able on the inter­net have been exami­ned. Besi­des the ana­ly­sis of the textual con­tent (i.e. word and line counts) that forms the pri­mary basis of this publi­ca­tion, font and lay­out have also been ana­ly­zed. The results have been com­pa­red with dif­fe­rent advice on pre­sen­ta­tion design found in a selec­tion of widely known sour­ces.

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