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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Design: Bullets Be Gone

This week over at at TrainingDay, the post is about how to rethink the traditional use of bulleted lists in PowerPoint and other similar programs. The post discusses a few ways to avoid the use of traditional and boring bulleted lists.

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Joe Mendrzycki said...

I like the image of those "star-burst" callouts, each identifying what would otherwise be a bullet item.

I like to use tables or some sort of matrix as well to break up the bullet-after-bullet effect: that hypnotic effect of seeing the bullet items, but not really reading them.

We just need to keep in mind that the original idea of bullet lists - to present material in a chunked, easy-to-remember format - is important to continue.

Karl Kapp said...


Good point, we need to keep in mind the underlying instructional strategies that make learning effective.

Using "out-of-the-box" techniques for PowerPoint only work if you know the underlying reasons for using the basic technique in the first place.

Using tables and a matrix is a great idea as well.