Don’t be boring.
It’s that simple. When you’re delivering a presentation to anyone, whether it’s one person or a hundred, just don’t be boring.
Easier said than done, right? Not really. A lot of it hinges on the creativity of your presentation. What you say is important, but what you present visually is just as crucial.
And when you’re not a designer or a natural visual communicator, being not boring can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
Deep breaths, we’ve got you covered here. We’ve scoured the net to find 20 attention-grabbing, creative presentation designs.
01. Go for Dual Tones
I’m a huge fan of dual tone color overlays, especially when the colors used make an unlikely pair. Red and purple is a rare but exciting color combo. It works particularly well as a color overlay applied to photographs.
Keen to work with red and purple? Edit away!
02. Feature Fun Illustrations
Here is what I love about illustrations: I can adjust them as much as I wish. If a segment of an illustration isn’t working particularly well, I can edit a few points here and there and completely change it. Photographs just don’t offer the same kind of freedom.
If the illustration we’ve used above doesn’t work with your slide, checkout the many other options right on your Canva editor.
03. Try Logo-like Type Setting
While logo-like type setting isn’t the right call for every slide, it great for intro slides or for those highlighting important content. They work best when you’ve just a few words to set. However, you can get away with setting larger bits of content with the right treatment.
We’ve shared a couple templates above ideal for when you want to highlight a point. Whether it’s introducing a new chapter, key idea or product, their beautiful layout makes them memorable.
04. Neon Colors
We tend to shy away from bright colors when build decks. Maybe its because we’re afraid to come off as informal or maybe it’s just a habit. Either way, it doesn’t have to be so. If you’re keen to take a risk to up the visuals of your deck, try a neon palette.
With neons, it’s about being interesting not overwhelming. So, to make sure we don’t fall into color overload, we’ve strategically used our neon purple on each slide. To tone down its intensity, we paired it white, black and used it as a color overlay.
These guys work wonders when you’re working with large amounts of data and numbers. Instead of going with boring tables and charts, get creative with your visuals and build an infographic that is engaging.
Not every slide in your deck has to be an infographic. In the template we’ve shared above, we alternate between infographics and a variety of different kinds of slides to create rhythm.
We love photographs and tend to be more inclined to listen when we’ve a great shot to look at. Take advantage of this and create slides that leave plenty of room for visuals. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to drop all your text. You can go with large images and text, just as showcased below.
It helps when the imagery you choose to work with is similar. It will make your deck feel cohesive. Using imagery that varies drastically can be jarring, as the slides will not feel related.
07. Try a Minimalist Approach
Don’t want to deal with organizing and managing a bunch of design elements? Keep things super simple and go for a minimalist deck. Let your content inform your layout and use design elements only when you absolutely have to.
We’ve shared a deck template that alternates between yellow and a lovely lavender. If you wish to add a little more color variety, simply change the background color of a slide or two.
08. Fuse Photo & Content
When it comes to combining photos and content, most of us are guilty of just setting our text over a stunning photo and calling it a day. This is understandable especially if you’re used to creating presentations in PowerPoint where using images as a background can be difficult. However, taking the time to creatively integrate our content to our imagery can do so much for engagement and visuals.
I’m really digging what’s been done below. Not only is it really beautiful, it is fun to look at.
Creating slides with a similar feel to the design above can be difficult using PowerPoint but this is where Canva’s drag and drop simplicity comes in, combined with a built-in image library, pre-made typography that matches fonts expertly, and grids and frames tools that make working with images a breeze. Learn more about how you can use Canva as an alternative to PowerPoint here.
09. Contemporary Layout
What is great about the deck below is how easily the content on it reads. It looks beautiful and there’s nothing there to distract an audience and get in the way of communication. The messages set in crisp, modern and large type are tough to miss, even from the last row.
Want to add more images to the template we’ve shared? Drop them in behind the teal shapes.
10. Icons, Icons, Icons
They are fun visuals, aren’t they. But what makes them great for presentations is how much they can say so quickly. They can convey just as much information as written text and are more fun to look at.
If you choose to work with icons, it’s key that you keep them consistent. In other words, your icons should all be styled the same way, helping them feel like a family and part of your deck.
To add a little more variety, we’ve used geometric shapes and icons in our template. We love our bright colors, but if they’re a bit much for you, you’re able to easily change them in the editor.
11. Visual Contrast
There are so many different approaches you can take when it comes to building visual contrast. You can create it by varying size, by using contrasting colors, or working with both black and white and color. These options are not mutually exclusive and, as showcased below, can be powerful when used in combination.
We’ve created visual contrast in our template using quite a few of the approaches mentioned above. Remember, you can easily swap templates within the editor. Test as many options out as you’d like.
12. Try a Monochromatic Palette
You’d think limiting yourself to one hue can be in fact boring. However, some of the most creative work is born from limitations. Don’t believe it? Check out the deck below. Its engaging and built using only red.
Above, we’ve decided to work in blue. If you want to adapt it to your brand colors, simply select the elements and change their color.
13. Feature Killer Typography
You’ve got to give your type choices and setting lots of thought and love. The wrong type choice can take a huge toll on your presentation. Imagine a financial projections slide set in comic sans. Not good.
Once you’ve selected the perfect typefaces, it’s important that you spend a little time setting it properly. Avoid hyphens, funky rags, and of course, widows and orphans. Don’t have time to? Not sure what rags are? Click on any of our templates and edit away.
14. Create a Color Scheme
And stick to it. Using color consistently will help you build slides that feel related. How you use it on each slide will also help you create rhythm. Defining how color will be used on each kind of slide will help you build templates you can design with.
Check out what we’ve done above with color. We’ve used it consistently throughout our deck but we’ve also made sure the values of each hue we selected were the same as well.
15. Create Rhythm with Templates
Changing up the layout of each slide in your deck can be confusing. It’s helpful to create templates to design by to create a rhythm your audience can follow. These don’t have to be numerous. Consider the example below. With just 3 or 4 templates, Bill S Kenney create an engaging deck. Oh, and did you notice its monochromatic too?
In the template about, you’ll find a deck with 5 slides. We created intro slides, content slides and all the basic kinds you need. Duplicate them and edit them to create a full deck.
16. Use Color Overlay
We’ve mentioned working with color overlays over entire images. But it’s not the only way you can use it. Covering images partially, to create visual interest or to make sure content reads clearly, can also yield creative visual solutions.
Like what you see above? Feel free to edit our template.
17. Easy on the Text
Because you’ll be there to share content, you can get away with creating slides with minimal text. Keep it short and sweet and use just a few lines of content.
Limiting how much text we set on each slide let us create gorgeous slides with text that is bold. We’ve also used an accent color on each slide to help guide the audience around it.
18. Expert Typesetting
Even the most beautiful typeface will work against you if it is set carelessly. Good typesetting is crucial to good design.
Typesetting takes time and practice to master. If you don’t have the time, check out what we’ve done above. We’ve made sure the type looks good, we promise.
19. Bold Color
Bright color on a few details or images can be gorgeous. I really enjoy setting it over white backgrounds, just like it is done below, or as backgrounds. We’re drawn to bright hues, so it’s a great way to garner attention.
Instead of confining color to headings, we’ve build geometric patterns with them. Remember, bold color isn’t just about the hue, it is about the application as well.
20. Let it Bleed
All your design elements don’t have to be confined to the inside of your slide. Letting them fall of the slide is a great way to create a dynamic visual solution, just like the one below. If you’re letting some of your content fall of your slide, just make sure that it still communicates clearly.
Note how in the template we share above we’ve been careful with what falls off frame. We’ve made sure to keep all key communication elements were an audience can see them.