The Worst Slide Deck
Ever
Joshua B. Gross, BA, MS
PhD Candidate, Expected Graduation May, 2008
311B IST Building
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-3859
Fax: (814) 863-1122
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://hci.ist.psu.edu/~jgross
An Inappropriate Talk
Overview
 Detailed explanation of some of my
work
 Some background, but no context
 Lots and lots of data
 If you can’t do a good job, you can at
least confuse people
 Conclusions that do not follow from
the work
Requisite Prior Knowledge
for All CHI Attendees
 In order to understand my talk, you must
know about
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Usability Engineering
Web Design
Ecological Psychology and Affordance Theory
Activity Theory from Vygotsky to present
Neurophysiology
Geldard’s homunculus
My prior work
My advisor’s prior work
Et cetera
 I will not explain any of these
Talk Overview
Here I’ll include my entire abstract:
Research into presentations at CHI and other conferences
indicates that some people do a much better job of
presenting their paper than others. While the slide deck
isn’t the key to a great paper, a good slide deck is often the
hallmark of a good paper. One of the most common mistakes
is to put too much information on one slide.
Now I’ll say that I know you can’t read this much
information, but it’s really crucial to the rest of
my presentation.
Or I’ll read the slide to you - that’s fun for everyone!
A Really Bad Chart Example
Char t Titl es ar e Helpf ul
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o n T h e S id e, S o H ar d e r to Re ad
S a m e W ith th e Y A xis , B u t R em em b er , I t's Tu r n ed
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Series 1
Series 2
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East
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West
Series 3
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Series 4
Series 5
Series 6
Series 7
North
Series 8
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Series 9
Series 1 0
Series 1 1
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1st Qtr
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2nd Qtr
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3rd Qtr
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If Y ou Don't Tell Me The X Axis, How Will I Know What it Is?
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4th Qtr
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What’s Wrong?
Chart Titles are Helpful
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o n T h e S i de , S o H a r d e r to R e a d
S a m e W i th th e Y A x is , B u t R e m e m be r , It's T u r n e d
Too much data
Unreadable
Poor chart choice
Legend doesn’t help
Can’t read the
titles unless you
use a white
background
 Isn’t this a horrible
background?
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Series1
Series2
Series3
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Series4
Series5
Series6
Series7
Series8
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Series9
Series10
Series11
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If You Don't Tell Me The X Axis, How Will I Know What it Is?
One Point (and a Non
Sequitor at That)
 Participatory design is the only
correct solution!
Latin and Other Foreign
Languages
 While the argument may seem, in this case,
post hoc ergo propter hoc, in reality res
ipsa loquitur
 Latin phrases are another good way to confuse
your audience
 Probably safe exceptions:
 Et al.
 Per se
 Etc. or et cetera
Questions?
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The Worst Slide Deck Ever