Web resources on visual aids
Bryan Kelly of WhatTheSpeak.com wrote a guest post for 12Most.com called “12 Most Kickass Slide Design Tips for Non Designers“. These are excellent tips to pass on to students who are preparing a slide presentation for their speeches. The tips are simpler than textbooks usually offer and more up-to-date. For example, the tips discourage lists of bulleted items and encourage simple shapes, headlines, images and use of just a few colors and fonts. The post also includes several links with more information related to specific tips.
Another good (and visual!) resource for visual aids is collected at Beth Kanter’s blog under “5 Infographics About Infographics To Master Basics in Five Minutes“. This collection features five graphics that could be used in class to illustrate when and why to use graphics and what they should do. All of the sample graphics are simple and clear and emphasize important points about using visuals effectively.