The PowerPoint* horror-slides
For a while we have been giving an award for the “horror slides of the month". Due to the suffocating amount of mail received we cancelled this competition. The slides were more or less the same. One can practically put 90 percent of the billions of slides shown throughout the world every month in that collection. Below you find a few specimens from that horror cabinet.
The fact, that you laugh about these horror slides, should not lead to the conclusion that it would be enough to fight the excesses and that THEN PowerPoint* would be OK … . No, far from it, It can be proven that EACH slide containing text, a diagram or a schematic illustration has a drastically reduced effect compared to a real human creating something on a flip-chart. This is due to the fact that the effect of an illustration is not generated by the result but by THE ACT OF CREATING the result. It is the latter that provides the effect and not the result itself. That is the reason why PowerPoint* can not work.
While smiling do not forget that we take our cause seriously!
- Afganistan Stability / COIN Dynamics
This slide from the US army gave a clearly laid out representation of the influence of various factors on the war in Afghanistan. General McChrystal, to whom the slide was presented, commented as follows: “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war”
- Design gestures
We do not know whether it is a time-table, cave painting or perhaps even a knitting pattern. The authors call it "a structured attempt to detect the potential of computer aided arts". We say: SUCCEEDED!
- Instruments for the successful management of a company
Attached you find a lecture that managers of medium sized companies were exposed to, who were meant to think about their management strategy. 42 pages of pure pleasure!
- Quality control
This was a slides which led me to an inner retreat. Thinking it over, it would not have spoiled anyhing if one had placed additional three diagrams there.