Let’s Create an Awesome Timeline on PowerPoint

Hello PowerPoint warriors! I’ve been thinking a lot on what to discuss this for this week, and I found it, timelines!

Why are we making a timeline?

95% of the time, we end up seeing a timeline slide on PowerPoint that is just too confusing to interpret. It’s either there’s too much going on in one slide, which confuses us and forces us to look around for the information we want. Or, there’s not enough information on the slide in the first place, and there’s too little data to interpret.

The key to is to find a strong balance between the two. That is, we need to make a timeline slide on PowerPoint which:

  • is visually appealing
  • has the ‘right’ amount of detail
  • enables our audience to easily interpret the information that is being presented to them

The best way to do just that is by by using various principles in white space, color schemes, the use of icons, and the amount of text we dedicate to the slide.

Let’s clarify something. Timelines aren’t just a piece of information with dates to pass on to people.  They either highlight what has been accomplished up until this point, or what will be accomplished in the future. Also, we usually use them to express important milestones, or key dates, or super important events, or something.

What are we going to learn today, sensei?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

  1. Create your own timeline infographic on PowerPoint
  2. Use white space effectively on PowerPoint
  3. Learn an awesome new “newspaper” trick on PowerPoint
  4. Correlate visuals to data to text on Powerpoint
  5. Emphasize on key data points on PowerPoint
  6. Use colors, icons, and fonts to your advantage to make your data look super appealing!

And much more!

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Link to our icons video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4txaw8qAszY

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah

Yousef "Yoyo" Abu Ghaidah is a PowerPoint ninja that founded Slide Cow, a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he's not designing slides or giving presentations, he's on another coffee run.
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