Designing Digital Signage Content in PowerPoint

PowerPoint is one of the most popular design tools used in offices and schools. It’s a quick, convenient way to create messages, but you have to design with digital signs in mind. In this white paper, we give you PowerPoint design tips and drill down into how to design content with the specific intention of putting it up on the big screen.

Small things like slide size, text fonts and animations that look great on desktops might not transition to large displays. As always, you have to keep your audience in mind, along with screen sizes, where the displays are in your building, and how long your messages will be on screen.

We have another white paper that details Design Standards for Digital Signage Content, and that’s a great place to start for general design advice. We highly recommend you read that paper in concert with this one.

In this paper, we may overlap some of those topics, but we’ll drill down to cover PowerPoint presentations and slides designed with the specific intention of putting them up on the big screen.

We’ll cover all of the essentials:

  • Aspect ratios
  • Color Schemes
  • Using the Slide Master
  • Backgrounds & Graphics
  • Avoid Clutter
  • Tighter Text
  • Text Styles
  • Using SmartArt
  • Animations & Transitions
  • Resource Links