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Prompt 6: Presentation Styles

There are many different types of presentation/ documentation styles including both 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional ones.

2-D:

Maps:
map.jpg
http://www.presentationload.com/
map 2.jpg
http://www.presentationload.com/

These are a great tool to present/ document information that has to do with movement, or connectivity around the world or region. Specific maps, such as this one, can highlight certain areas to make clear what is being presented.

Charts/Graphs:

chart.jpg
http://www.presentationload.com/
chart 2.jpg
http://www.presentationload.com/

These are some of the best ways to compare information. A simple graphic, as shown above, can display complex information in a manner that more people can understand.

Written Documentation:

book design 2.jpg
http://blogs.business2.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/08/25/03book.jpg
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http://www.fullstopdesign.co.uk/images/new%20images/Book_design_1.jpg

These are very effective ways to document information that is very developed and difficult to present. They allow one to include images, text, graphs, tables, etc. all in one source. This is probably the most common way to present information. This method can be disastrous though, if one is not careful about its design and layout. Too much text or too many pictures can ruin great research. When thought about properly however, this is one of the best ways to document works.

PDF’s & Powerpoints:

powerpoint 1.jpg
http://thestoneriver.com/GoldGlobePage5.jpg
powerpoint 2.jpg
http://www.orangeyouglad.com/images/sg_umg_w.jpg

These tools are also very efficient in presenting and documenting information. Like books, it gives the designer versatility in terms of layout of the presentation. One can include text, charts, photographs, or graphs to document information. PDF’s and Powerpoints are just like books and other written works, except that they are digital and allow for more options such as videos or animation which cannot be displayed in printed works.

Photography:

photo 2.jpg
http://www.photocritic.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/Picture-3.jpg
photo 1.jpg
http://www.udeducation.org/teach/course_mods/tauke_images/tauke_fig3b.jpg

Photography is also used to present information to people. It is very useful and fulfills a specific purpose. Photographs, like above, can present a 3-D object in a 2-D form (explaining what an apple looks like when it is shot would not be as effective as showing someone). When photographs are combined with simple text, presentation is enhanced and in my opinion, the most effective.

3-D:

Models:

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http://www.archivisionmodels.com/images/index01.gif
model 1.gif
http://www.hotzmats.com/images/wild_west_mat2.gif

These are mostly used for designers to better represent 3-D spaces to an audience. They help both the designer and others discover what something will actually look like, and the possible effects a structure could have on its surroundings or users.

All of these types of documentation/ presentation are used to exhibit information and research to others. I don’t think any one of these methods is a universal solution to all presentations of research, but rather, each situation calls for a specific type of documentation. Also, when two or more of the above methods are combined, the presentation is more effective and really enhances the research or information being documented.