If presentations were pop songs, TEDx would be The Beatles. They’ve cranked out hit after hit, sharing interesting views with effective visuals. As well as teaching us about our world, they teach us about presentation design.

As a way to inspire your presentations, we’ve picked our five favourite slide decks from TEDx. To share your favourite slide decks from TEDx, leave them in the comments!

Beware online “filter bubbles” – Eli Pariser



Eli Pariser’s ideas are extremely important. The slides he uses to illustrate them are super attractive. As you can see, Eli uses a simple colour scheme to help his ideas flow together. He also uses simple illustrations to keep his message clear. This is best seen when he shows a robot in front of a gate to show the impact of AI on information.



The rise of human-computer cooperation – Shyam Sankar



This slide deck from Palantir was so superb, TEDx wrote an entire article about it! So what makes these simple slides so superb? A presentation designer named Collin Roe-Raymond.

Collin is a former comic-book artist and graphic designer at Palantir. To help the audience follow the presentation, he created two characters: A robot and a human. Their story helped keep their presentation simple, allowing Mr Sankar’s message to stand out.

Collin also used a limited colour scheme, which kept the presentation’s identity consistent.



The beauty of data visualisation – David McCandless



As we’ve often said on this blog, data visualisation is the key to keeping your audience informed. This was proven in David McCandless’ pivotal 2010 presentation.

David, who calls himself a “Data journalist”, visualises everything from political views to volcano emissions. Alongside his slides, David explains that “Information is useless if you can’t see the entire picture”.

On the note of visualisation…



Psychedelic Science – Fabian Oefner



TEDx Talks are all about talking. After all, it’s there in the name. So when Fabian Oefner takes to the stage and says “I’m not going to talk”, you know he has something to say.

For most of his “talk”, Fabian only shows us some of his incredible images. By letting his slides speak, Fabian has mastered the secret of successful presentation design: Show, don’t tell.

Like Fabian, you should use images that show what you mean. That way your audience will easily understand what you’re saying.



How to avoid death by PowerPoint – David JP Phillips



To finish our list, we’ll leave you with the bible of bad presentation design. This is a slideshow that skewers every sin of presentation design. From bullet point to bad information , Death by PowerPoint is a must-watch for anyone making presentations.


We hope these presentations will allow you to wow your next audience. Of course, the lessons here aren’t the only ones you must learn. To make an impression on your next audience, talk to our professional presentation designers today.

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