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Title of the article plus an example 10x10 image stating that 84% of people like infographics

Here is another simple tip for creating infographic-style data visualisation. If you are looking for an alternative to pie-charts, try a 10x10 grid. It’s an easy approach to percentages that’s easier for readers to gauge by eye than the angles in a pie wedge.

There’s nothing complicated about creating this…

Here’s another way to use icons to build a simple infographic: by using stacked icons to create bar charts. This works best when the icons represent something tangible.

If you just have very simple data, you can quickly draw the chart by hand.

Title of the article and an icon of a female superhero with a sudden change of colour half way up

If your document needs to present simples numbers or stats to people, then an infographic style can really help to get that information across. Here’s one idea you can use: part-filled icons to represent percentages or fractions.

Slide showing rewind time icon for control Z and forward wind time icon for control Y

I’m sure that most of you use CTRL+Z (or CMD+Z on macOS) to undo something. But lot’s of people aren’t aware of CTRL+Y (CMD+Y). If you’re one of them, read on; I’m about to save you lots of time and future heartache.

CTRL+Y does one of two things:

  1. It repeats…

Title of article written as text fitted into a circle, triangle and hexagon respectively

Circles are great shapes for making bold points on a slide. But when you start typing in them, you’ll discover that PowerPoint only lets you put text in a virtual square within it. …

Title of post with three versions of a cutout photo of a woman: normal photo, all black and all yellow

Often in a document you need a visual way to represent people. Most of the time an icon is fine — usually a head-and-shoulders blob. Or you might choose a full-body icon (although that runs the risk of looking like the sign for the toilets).

A more ‘human’ approach is…

SVGs are the clear future of icons. They scale perfectly and you can set them to any colour you like. You can even edit them in PowerPoint. But sometimes you are stuck with an old bitmap icon. Probably a PNG (portable network graphic). …

Article title plus short animation of a diagram moving from a PDF file to a PowerPoint slide

Have you ever had a diagram in a PDF that you want to reuse? Or a logo you can’t find anywhere else? You may have resorted to taking a screenshot and pasting it into your slides. That’s not ideal: you can’t edit it so the colours and fonts won’t match…

No matter how visually compelling you make your PowerPoint document, you still need text. In fact, PowerPoint isn’t just for presentations — many companies use it as the de facto format for documenting almost everything. And it’s a powerful and entirely appropriate tool for doing that. …

Image a slide containing two tables with a list of useful icons from the Segoe font family

Have you ever wanted to use icons as shorthand in a table and had to manually place them? Perhaps you’ve spent hours aligning grids of dots or Harvey balls by eye. There is a much easier way: use a font whose characters are actual icons.

This technique is probably not…

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