I gave a short introduction to how to give a presentation today to the students who will be presenting their research in our twice-weekly Summer Student Seminar Series. This included examples of a data slide that is bad in the ways that students’ first attempts at data slides tend to be bad, and the same graph re-done in a more appropriate manner. As long as I’m doing format conversions of this anyway, I figure it might be amusing to post them here. So, here’s the bad graph, with the bullet points highlighting the mistakes:
And here’s the good version:
(The seminar series features three talks per session, at twenty minutes per talk (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions), usually with a short break between speakers when students can re-load on food and drink.)
Edward Tufte, I’m not, but I think these help to make the important points. Of course, I’m probably forgetting lots of things that really ought to be mentioned regarding presentation slides. Feel free to remind me of them in comments.