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"Good" visual examples to get you thinking

Good Recently I stumbled across GOOD Magazine, and their website www.good.is. The magazine was launched in 2006 and focuses on issues related to sustainable living, politics, and other social issues of our time. On their website they feature many short video presentations that you may find useful. The video presentations are not perfect, but many of them may give you some ideas for changing the way you present your supporting visuals in your talks aided by slideware. My aim, as always, is not to say that you should do it exactly like these examples on GOOD, but simply to suggest that you watch a few of these and ask yourself in what ways did the visuals work, in what ways do they need improvement, what could you copy, and so on.

Transparency: Drinking Water
This short presentation contains no voice over at all. But imagine how you could use similar visualization (at a slower rate) along with your spoken words in live a presentation.

Below: few sample visuals from the presentation.
Globe  Body
Diarrhea  90_percent
Water1 Water2 Water3

The State of the Planet
This example below uses similar visuals but this presentation includes voice over. Again, the point is to examine the visuals and narration together for inspiration concerning our own presentations. In this particular example, while the content is interesting, it seems rather random (which was perhaps the point). Still, it is an interesting example and may provoke some ideas.

The Economy

This example below also uses no voice over to make its points, relying instead on text, simple data, and images including video.
More examples
Nuclear Weapons

Many more examples on the video section of the GOOD.is website, including Attack of the Giant Jellyfish in Japan.


Jan Schultink

Great graphics. Question (* smiling *): can we finally omit the presenter from a presentation all together?


To Jan: But I don't think we should. We need to make room for communication, recorded videos don't catch the reaction of the audiences like presenters can.

Jan Schultink

@JC I was (* smiling *) when I wrote the question...

Still, the sheer number of potential SlideShare views for a presentation is creating the need for a new "presenter-not-present" presentation discipline.


Another great find/link Garr.

They have recently done a special Design Edition. See here

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