If you’ve ever looked at your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation slides and thought they looked pretty good, but then someone showed up with something that made yours look like they were made by a 5 year old, then this is for you.
In this video I introduce my next series of videos on presentation design. There will be four videos to teach you the four basic design concepts of contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity… also known as CRAP! Learning about CRAP will help you avoid making presentations slides that look like, well…crap.

Please check out the video or skip down and read more on this topic.

If YouTube is unavailable in your area, please click the following link to watch or right-click to download: Presentation Design Quick Tips – You Need CRAP

Video length 1:21 (Click CC for captions or read transcript below)


Special thanks to Powtoon (http://www.powtoon.com) for their amazing web app to make this video possible.

CRAP is Important

Understanding the basics of contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity will make laying out your slides so much easier. You will be able to understand why something should go in a certain place and how it should look to make it easy for your audience to see and understand. Ultimately, it’s about learning CRAP so you don’t make any crap.

Check back next week for the first video on Contrast.



UPDATE SEPT. 2, 2016:

Special thanks to Robin Williams, the author of the Non-Designers Design Book for inspiring this series of videos. It was her who came up with CRAP, and I’m lucky enough that she is ok with me talking about it with you.


Hi, I’m Carl Kwan.

Presentation design can seem like a big mystery.

But in this four part video series, I’m going to show you some basic design principles that will give your presentations a clean, professional look that will help you make a great impression and more importantly, get your message across to your audience.

And who doesn’t want to do that, right?

Well, in case there’s anyone who doesn’t want to do that, check out my video about what a presentation is.

Okay, so what you’re going to learn is CRAP:

Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity.

Applying these four design concepts to your presentations is simple, easy and will make people think you turned into a design guru.

Or at the very least, your audience will have an easier time following your presentations and understanding your message.

And that is ultimately the most important thing.

So, subscribe to my Channel, sign up for my newsletter or check back here next week to watch Presentation Design Quick Tip #1…C is for Contrast.

Thanks for watching.

Talk to you again soon.

Bye bye.