Response to MDG projects(blog prompts 8&9)
Overall, I was impressed with other groups' work on the Millennium Development Goals. It seemed as if they had taken a lot of time to do careful reseach on their topic as well as the design of their presentation. Without naming names on people within my section I would like to discuss their presentations, seeing as I haven't read their entire documents- I wouldn't want to cut them short on work they had done.
One of the groups in my section had compiled all of their information into a PowerPoint presentation. This is not, at all, a bad idea, but there were a couple of flaws, that even someone as blind at graphic design as me could see.
In this certain presentation, the "extras" of PowerPoint were used far too much. I felt as if drop in pictures, sounds, fade-always and such are things meant for holding attention of 3rd graders. Especially because we’re in a design profession, a little more attentiveness to professionalism would have been advantageous. The information that the group presented seemed to be up to par, though the presentation didn't reflect a thorough sincere research. I understand that not everyone owns professional graphic design programs, including me, but if you’re at a loss of design magic, I guess I would just leave it blank or just what it was- without all the things dropping in and flying out, bouncing around.
On the other hand, there was a group in my section that had a very clean, sophisticated design that I could only aspire to do. The group was focusing on environmental sustainability, so a nice clean crisp design really reflected the tone of the presentation. They also were very attention-oriented towards the placement of their photos- not to place them all over, but in a grided line almost. Everything in their presentation seemed to line up and have a reason.
I know I don't know much about graphic design, but I think most of us can recognize good design when we see it. There's no need for what you called "overcooking." -Which is the perfect statement for what a power point can become. I suppose, personally, I am a minimalist. I would rather see blank white space then a bunch of images cluttering up a page. Better nothing than too much!
Again, I was still very impressed with everyone’s presentations. I felt as if everyone put a lot of time into their projects and even if it was unorganized throughout the semester, you'd never had known it by the information people had.
* just some interesting stuff in this book as well as the book, Design Like You Give a Damn.