I helped to design the slides for a college professor’s class. He also had an academy of business techniques in which he calls himself an engineering “guru”. He would prepare presentations by first recording the audio and video as a normal lecture and then sending them as a class to his students.
I was not allowed to know the context of his presentation or the contents of his class as it was “confidential”.
Almost all the slides were text dumps of more than one paragraph in 10 pt that probably nobody will read since he switched slides way before anybody could pay attention. These are common mistakes, but the problem was the following exchange:
Client: Could you make the box where I’m going to put my webcam screen bigger?
At this point, he sent me a photo captured with his phone of his screen. You could see a slide with a blue box that occupied 80% of the center of the screen. It covered all his text.
Me: Sure, I’ll prepare a template for you and paste it between the slides you want to appear bigger.
Client: No, no. I want my face to be predominant on all slides. It would be easier to edit on Camtasia.
Me: If I do that, it would be almost impossible for all the text to be readable. There’s just no room to follow the design guidelines you sent me earlier. Is there a reason for the camera to be on all slides? I would have to shrink your screen a bit.
Client: It is a requirement of the university to appear on all slides.
Me: The email you sent me with the design standards of the university state that the use of audio without video is allowed. If you don’t want to constantly change the size of your screen between each slide and let it on one place, I will need to resize your screen or delete part of your text, you just can’t have both!
Client: Work your magic! I just want my students to remember my face well! That way it will be easier to advertise my academy.