Callan Bentley's post on how to give a good talk, along with many good comments at his new venue, Mountain Beltway.
Go there and read it! Here are a few slides to support the comments I left. I'm a believer in Edward Tufte's design paradigms; you'll see them in my talks and movies.
Examples in my movies here--especially the
Grand River meandering sequence.
At left, some examples from my GSA talk last year: Top, very simple graphics with Tuftian colors and the real thing compared with a schematic.
Next, more Tuftian colors and judicious use of "ink," though now I see the text at the top might be eliminated (clearly it's a time series). These are frames from one of my videos--I put a lot of work into the colors we used for the river model media (and adjusted them in editing). And I like the design here.
Lastly, an image from the first Godzilla movie (more here)--I used this to illustrate how gravity figures into physical model scaling. Aside from the humor, I like the transparent black and white boxes and white text. Unless you're doing a TV commercial for cheap furniture, you don't need to grab attention with color--use colors that please the eye and don't distract.
Looking at these again I can see several things I'd do to improve them.