By Cameron Chapman
Keynote (part of Apple’s iWork office suite) and PowerPoint (part of Microsoft’s Office suite) are likely the two most commonly used presentation software programs out there. PowerPoint is more likely to be found in the corporate world, whereas Keynote may be more popular in creative fields (due to the proliferation of Macs in the design field). Creating presentations in either program is a similar process, though.
Finding good resources for creating presentations isn’t always easy. There’s a definite lack of quality free presentation templates for both PowerPoint and Keynote, though it’s definitely more pronounced with PowerPoint. The good news is that there’s plenty of premium templates available, many for very low cost. And creating your own templates is as easy as creating a slide (just save it as a template file instead of a regular presentation file).
Free Keynote Templates
Free templates for Keynote abound, though not all are of particularly high quality. Here are some that are:
This Green template would be perfect for an eco-friendly business. It has a simple green and white color scheme with leaf graphics.
Written by Tom Walker
One of the great ways to add an impressive style to a logo is to use Negative Space. Negative Space refers to the “white space”, or “paper color” that shows through a design. Negative Space creates an interesting visual effect. It adds a subtle 3rd dimension, giving depth and a layered look to the logo. It is much more interesting to the eye than just a “positive” only object.
By breaking up areas of solid color with negative, or white spaces a designer can ‘hide’ images, outline typography or create the illusion of shapes and objects.
This post brings together 30 examples of logos that creatively make use of negative space.
1. Kolner Zoo
The zoological gardens in Cologne are notable for their Asian elephant park, reflected in the logo with an elephant’s silhouette defined by a giraffe and rhinoceros; the negative space of the animal’s hind legs are cleverly shaped by the twin spires of Cologne Cathedral.
2. Guild of Food Writers
The Guild of Food Writer’s logo is a wonderfully simple design incorporating the essential aspects of the organisation: the nib of a pen representing members’ scriptural endeavours with a spoon in the negative space signalling their subject matter. The guild is a professional association linking food writers and broadcasters in the United Kingdom.
3. Wooden House
This logo is for a brand that designs and constructs wooden cottages for gardens. The clean, positive and negative forms create the house and tree shapes.
4. Egg ‘n Spoon
This logo for a courier service has the tagline, ‘Speed with Care’, the egg and spoon design acting as a metaphor of this ambition. Sigue leyendo
Brought to you by Richard Glover
I love beautiful things. There’s very little in the world that takes my breath away quite like an object that was lovingly crafted, built with care and passion, and presented with the sort of pride that befits a marvelously well-made item.
That which is beautiful is increasingly difficult to come by in a world where a premium is placed on speed, and things are made to be disposable. We often sacrifice real craftsmanship at the altar of expediency. While we are still capable of recognizing the value of something that has been expertly constructed, we often choose the cheap and easy option instead.
For years, I shaved my face with a disposable razor. It did the job just fine. It was straightforward and easy. It even looked flashy. And every few weeks I’d pop off the disposable end, throw it away, and replace it with a ridiculously expensive new cartridge. I blew hundreds of dollars on razor cartridges over the years. And I never got shaves that I felt were perfect. Sigue leyendo
Dos libros recientes sobre las mujeres en los negocios destacan la notable ausencia de nombres femeninos entre la larga lista de empresarios corruptos de los últimos años. Harriet Rubin, autora de “Maquiavelo para mujeres”, coincide en líneas generales con otro libro, publicado por Sally Helgesen y Julie Johnson titulado “La visión femenina”, del cual lo que sigue es un extracto.
Sea por desgaste, por descarrilamiento o por la persistencia del techo de cristal, lo cierto es que las mujeres estuvieron subrepresentadas en las posiciones jerárquicas de las empresas implicadas en la crisis financiera — en Wall Street, y también en Londres, Sydney, Reykjavik, Dublin, Ginebra y Dubai. También estuvieron totalmente ausentes en las listas de los beneficiados con contratos millonarios, de los reyes de fusiones y adquisiciones, de los artistas de la compra hostil y de los emprendedores de los fondos de cobertura, cuyo acceso al capital había transformado la naturaleza de las finanzas en la década anterior al colapso. Sigue leyendo