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But hang on. Before you go ‘woah – those are staggering digits,’ let me break it to you: this is a controversial, almost uncertain figure.
Despite the fact that PowerPoint has been standing for years, helping with all sorts of presentations, we don’t have solid research on the number of presentations made daily.
What we do have is a love-hate relationship with PowerPoint – one that has empowered previous generations by allowing them to share their ideas and also killed seven crew members in the NASA space shuttle, Columbia on January 16, 2003.
Hard to believe?
Go on. Read the truth and then come back to learn how to design a PowerPoint infographic with Visme that doesn’t endanger lives. We’ll also share valuable PowerPoint infographic templates to add to your ideas.
Let’s get to it.
But first, let’s get the definition of PowerPoint infographics out of the way.
Infographics are all the rage owing to their ability of hitting the mark when conveying information. They come in various skins, shapes, and sizes including ones altered to fit into a presentation, which brings us to PowerPoint infographics.
Essentially, a PowerPoint infographic is an infographic presented in a PowerPoint presentation.
But this definition isn’t as rigid as it sounds. That’s because you’re at liberty to design a PowerPoint infographic using a data visualization tool like Visme instead of the same ol’ PowerPoint.
Visme allows you to import and edit your (dull-ish) PowerPoint slides, which you can then export back in PowerPoint format. That’s the editable PowerPoint import feature for you. Watch this quick video below to learn more.
Okay so you know what a PowerPoint infographic is. But, how do you start designing?
Let’s see. Left to our means, we could simply cut an infographic into sections and post those sections on different slides. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?
Except, as enticing and effortless as this sounds, it doesn’t work like that. Because, we’re forgetting to factor in your PowerPoint infographic’s structure here, hence, committing a serious infographic design flaw.
So what now? Read on to get started with the basics of designing an infographic in presentation style.
Before you go about designing an audience-winning PowerPoint infographic, you need to factor in a few points.
Let’s break them down for you.
Is your infographic presentation for your boss? Or is it for an audience of students? Knowing your audience helps you plan your design according to your audience’s taste and preference.
For instance, you might want to try something serious for an office presentation, but experiment with bright colors for a presentation for seventh graders.
Moreover, knowing your audience also helps when your plan is to create PowerPoint infographics using a template. You can pick your infographic template to meet your audience’s preferences.
If you’re a Visme user like I am, you can choose from various template categories for different audiences.
The template below is perfect for businesses.
Or you could use an informational presentation template such as the one below.
You might need to provide a presentation for folks in the Finance department. This template below is the perfect solution.
Or, you might need a nonprofit PowerPoint infographic template such as this one.
If you're giving a presentation for an audience of art & music lovers, the one below might be perfect!
Will your presentation be a one-time presentation that hits the sack after the presenting part is over? Or will it live for some weeks to come?
No matter the case, aim for evergreen presentation infographics that are easy to reference for months or even years to come.
Some PowerPoint infographics are short-lived, but can be recycled.
For instance, a social media report that gives a snapshot of the annual or quarterly analytics. Such an infographic presentation is easily customizable. So you can work with a PowerPoint infographic template and tweak it every quarter or year to change the numbers.
Look at this presentation infographic template by Visme to get a better idea.
Don’t you worry if the colors don’t go with your story or brand. You can easily customize the infographic template to meet your branding with simple drag and drop.
This is all the content you’d need to design your PowerPoint infographic including data and images that’ll go into the design. It’s essential you set up a folder before you dig into the design work.
If you’re planning to use images when creating infographics in PowerPoint, make sure you’re legally allowed to do so. This is extra important if your presentation is meant to be made available online.
One last point - it’s best you write down all the content that’ll go in the slides. This is an important early step in designing any infographic, not just a PowerPoint infographic.
Ready to design a PowerPoint infographic that has a well-defined structure and gets your audience’s attention? Read on to take your first steps in the right direction.
Half of your plan is already baked and ready to go considering you’ve already factored in your audience and your PowerPoint infographic presentation’s purpose and life. Plus, you’ve your data and content at the ready.
So what else do you need? A plan for your presentation slides.
Decide which slide consists of what. For instance, the PowerPoint infographic template below has slides dedicated to different purposes like a slide having a bar chart and another showing the process diagram.
Each slide is planned to run after a previous point that connects with it. This gives your presentation a flow so it tells a story.
Planning each slide here gives you an idea of what goes where. There’s no room for clutter.
And let’s admit it: prior planning speaks for itself as it establishes a narrative flow for the presentation. It also saves you time so you can design your infographic presentation quickly.
Need some ideas to create PowerPoint infographics that wow your audience? I’d recommend you check out this video on 31 creative presentation ideas that shares some brilliant tips for designing a presentation:
My biggest takeaway from this video would be ensuring infographic slides flow in one direction. In other words, stick with one transition pattern/direction, such as horizontal, to create a smooth flow between infographic slides.
A wireframe is a rough pencil sketch of how your infographic presentation will look like. You don’t need to be a design genius for creating a wireframe. If your sketch isn’t all that pretty, keep it to yourself and start designing your slides based on it.
In any case, don’t ignore this step. You need a wireframe for designing a PowerPoint infographic so you don’t stop mid-design, wondering what to do next.
However, the need for a wireframe isn’t dire if you’re planning to design your presentation using a PowerPoint infographic template.
In that case, you need to surf Visme’s library of presentation templates and pick a template that suits your audience and needs.
You don’t want to be switching between fonts a couple of times as you design your PowerPoint infographic. You also don’t want to have different shapes in different slides because that’s bad for design consistency.
Let’s start with which design elements you need to finalize before designing:
When it comes to fonts, you’ve a pool of options to pick from. But you need to keep two things in mind:
Study the fonts in this presentation template to get an idea of how different fonts work in a presentation:
Not sure which fonts will look the best in your PowerPoint infographic? Pick from some of the best fonts for presentations such as Futura, Rockwell, Helvetica and pair them using a tool like FontJoy.
Once you’re done with choosing your font type and size, get down to selecting your infographic presentation’s colors.
Make sure the colors go with each other. Look at how well this presentation template’s colors complement each other.
The design in this template would’ve been a hot mess even if one of the theme colors was used in excess.
Therefore, your job moving forward is to choose the right colors for your presentation.
However, if you’ve a branding scheme, your work here is reduced. You only need to get a hold of the color codes and you’re all set.
Next up in your list of essentials – design elements.
These include the lines you’ll use, the space and icons you’ll add, and the texture you’ll give to your presentation among other things.
For example, take a look at this template and note how thoughtfully space is used throughout the slides.
If you’re using Visme to create your presentation infographic, you can easily get a hold of premade graphics and icons in Visme. Find these on the extreme left side of your design board after Layouts and Basics. You’ll get a mine of Icons & Shapes here.
Using premade graphics and icons simplifies designing, making the process effortless and quick. In fact, it is one of the best infographic design tips to keep in mind.
As for using shapes in your design, follow the same rule as selecting fonts – be consistent in their use. Don’t overdo your presentation by using multiple shapes at once.
Pick one or two and use strategically in your infographic presentation.
Here’s a good example of a presentation template that uses shapes beautifully.
It’s best you dive into the psychology of shapes before you use them. This makes sure you know what sort of impact your infographic presentation will leave on your audience.
Last on this list is selecting your charts. Charts help visualize your data, which makes it easily digestible for the reader.
However, you can’t just insert any chart in your PowerPoint infographic.
Instead, you need to be picky and select charts that convey your message in one glance. For instance, pie charts and bar graphs are known for their readability, which makes them a good fit for your presentation.
Notice how suitable a circle graph looks in this presentation template. It instantly gives a picture of the market share without confusing viewers.
You can always create charts in PowerPoint for your PowerPoint Infographic. But, this can be time-consuming and boring considering the dull interface. Besides, you’re limited to creating only 15 different charts in PowerPoint.
Visme, on the other hand, is simple to use with its drag and drop design system. And, it gives you 30+ chart types to choose from, easily double to what PowerPoint offers (!).
Planning on making your infographic presentation outstanding with charts? Make your charts interactive.
Finally, you get to design your infographic presentation. You’ve two options going forward. Either create infographics in PowerPoint or use Visme.
But here’s the kicker – PowerPoint offers a limited editor with only 24 basic layouts:
This can be seriously limiting. And it leaves you at risk of creating a common presentation that has nothing unique about it.
As far as fonts are concerned, you’ll need to upload them.
However, here’s another catch – fonts you download must be on every computer where your PowerPoint infographic is viewed.
Again, this can be limiting.
Not to forget, when you create PowerPoint infographics, you can only play around with 500 single-style icons.
Alternatively, Visme gives you over 100 easily tailorable templates that don’t restrict your design freedom, a whopping 10,000 icons to pick from, and a built-in brand kit.
This way, you don’t have to go about making sure every computer has the fonts you used in your presentation. Phew.
Still uncertain? Here’s a full comparison between PowerPoint and Visme for your convenience.
I’m positive you’ve made up your mind by now. So let’s explore the infographic presentation design options Visme gives you:
Here’s a look at these two options separately.
The process is simple. Log into your Visme account and head to Presentations. Pick one of our themes and start designing:
This is even simpler than the first option. Log into Visme and head over to Presentations and pick a template, like the one below.
Edit it to add your text. Include more slides as needed. And customize the colors if needed. You can also change the shapes.
Creating infographics in PowerPoint doesn’t have to be annoying or limiting. Import your PowerPoint infographic to Visme and create an awesome design.
Or, log in to Visme to prepare an audience-winning infographic presentation from scratch.
So what are you waiting for? Go and crush those presentation goals.
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