We would like our presentations to look elegant, professional and high quality - but not "soulless" or overdesigned.
The design should be easy for us to adapt, because we create a lot of tailormade customer presentations with many different flowcharts, models and other charts - meaning it is impossible for us to only stick to certain slide layouts.
At the moment, we prefer white background, simply because in our business, presentations are often finished off in a hurry and we unfortunately don't always have the time to remove backgrounds of pictures or icons in order to make a colourful background work.
In general, we would like our presentations to get a bit more colour, the slides often consist of too many boring grey boxes (please see the attached file for some examples of slides that we often use). Our company colours are white, grey (RGB 71 71 71, we use different shades of this colour for charts etc) and red (RGB 156 11 0). We would be open to an additional colour for highlighting, if you find it necessary or beneficial. We have earlier had some trouble with transparencies and gradient fillings when printing, which we would like to avoid for that matter.
We are using MS Office 2016 as a standard in our office.
We use both Mac and Windows.
We would like the standard page layout 4:3.
We want our logo and the page number visible on every slide.
We need an action title plus a second title to name the chapter.
Things we would specifically like you to think about:
1. Text blocks
How do we present text blocks - in boxes, on white background or on coloured background?
2. Slide background
If you think slides with coloured background would help to achieve a more elegant look - how do we solve the conflict with pasted image material which won't have a removed background? How can we make sure printed presentations look good?
What is the best way of highlighting certain elements without having to spend great amounts of time on it - and without our presentations looking too much like a rainbow?
We have earlier worked with a non-standard font which caused us trouble when sending presentations to external people who didn't have our font installed. Due to that we would like to use a standard font from now on. Which standard system font do you suggest? We use big titles as well as small font sizes in charts, so we need a font that will work in all sizes. Also, we need the font to have maximum compatibility between our mac and windows users.
We are looking forward to your creative ideas!