In Presentations Less is More


A couple of months ago I prepared the slides for a paper I will present at the 30th International Conference on Software Engineering. After reading Garr Reynolds's book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design on Presentation Design and Delivery I became enlightened, and I decided to redo the presentation from scratch, creating less cluttered, more focused, and simpler slides.

I modelled many slides in the original presentation after the corresponding figures in the paper.
Extended cyclomatic complexity and number of statements per function
I originally composed the paper's figures trying to squeeze as much data as possible into the fixed number of pages that the conference allocates to each author. Here is the slide from the original presentation.
Extended cyclomatic complexity and number of statements per function
As you can see, I added to the already cluttered composition an additional title, more icons, and the elements from the presentation's template.

After the makeover I split the slide into two, removed all non-essential elements, and used color to convey the slide's main point. I also replaced the Comic Sans typeface, which has even spurred movement to ban it, with the plain Arial font.
Cyclomatic complexity

Number of statements per function
The slides convey slightly less information, but nobody will miss that during the 25 minute talk. Those wanting more details can always turn to the paper, which will be distributed to all conference attendants.

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