Presentation Slide, Regino

I initially thought of having my favourite colours in my slide, so it contains a black and white background. I find that these two colours contrast from one another well. Also, from what I have on my Me Magazine, I present and advertise my favourite video game, Dangan Ronpa. The visual theme of my slide has it split it half with black and white, and text which is also switched in black and white. The quote says “The beginning is the most important part of the work,” as said by Plato. This quote speaks out to me because I like Greek history and philosophy, which Plato is notably known for. Plato was an Ancient Greek philosopher, he was one of Socrates’s students. I also consider that my Me Magazine is the first project that I’ve submitted in my freshman year. The beginning is important, because it paves the way to the present and the future. I wanted my slide to be really simple, yet to have an eye-catching attribute.

My Slide

My Slide - TECH YANG (1)

I created this slide by including two (or three, depending on how you look at it) pieces: my name, and a picture of a cello.

I chose my name because, what better way to describe me? (I am aware that most likely, everyone else did the same.) It, in a way, includes everything about me (to add to that, I’m almost positive that nobody else in this world has the exact same name I have).

I then had a hard time choosing between putting a picture of a cello, or something relating to school and academics, or yet another thing about my friends and family. These are examples of the things I care most about in my life. I finally chose cello because, in a way, it includes them all. Music has incorporated both of the things I previously mentioned. It is academic because of the great deal it has taught me; not just about myself, but about life and being a student and also being a teacher. And it is part of my family and social life because 1) music is something my whole family does and my parents have helped me a great deal with my music, and 2) music has a way of bringing together large groups of people that otherwise wouldn’t be together, and I’ve met some of my very best friends this way. Those are the reasons I chose to put what I put on my slide.

About the technical aspects of this slide:

  1. I attempted to make it visual and eye catching by including the “Rule of Thirds” (or, at least, my understanding of it; the website provided did not thoroughly explain it).

  2. I matched the color of the font with the border of the picture so there was consistency and connection between my pieces.

  3. I included minimal information and kept it simple so as not to confuse the viewer (only three items) and I did not feel I had to fill every space with something.

  4. I used large font so it was accessible to the viewer and he/she doesn't have to work to read the slide.

  5. I made visual contrast by putting a picture in between the words.

All About ME! /// Gerveni

All About Me Slide

The reason my slide looks like that, is because I put pictures of everything that I like and pictures that describe me. I am independent, generous, courageous, very athletic but, sometimes I am little impatient. I am good at friendship.I have tons of friends. I always look out for my friends and try protect them. I am enthusiastic about my goals and I enjoy my life. This slide basically describes me and what I do in my life. As you can see, there are two pictures related to soccer. That’s because I love playing soccer and as one of my friends would say “ Soccer is life.” One of my dreams is to play for a professional team. The picture on the bottom is related to the picture that has a camera in it because one of my favorite hobbies is photography. I also like drawing, listening to music and watching movies. I put the pictures there to represent something about me and to show who I am.

About Me, Harris

Hey y’all! I decided to make my slide look like this because it’s just how I am. I tried to make my audience grasp my slide by having my “# Maddie” the same color I am wearing in the picture. I thought a bright pink would be a great choice for my slide because it’s not so much an unusual color, but it’ll grasp the eye. This slide is just describing me in four pictures and how I am. I am a fashionable person and I love style/fashion, but when it is time, I’ll throw on a pair of ball shorts and my sneakers and be a bummy/laid-back girl and chill out and ball. Enjoy : ) !

"What We See is What We Are" SLAphotolab: First Friday Dec 5th (6-8pm) Metropolitan Gallery

Seasons Greetings,

SLAphotolab has been busy!
Fresh off the success of our summer indiegogo campaign, we've been cranking out work all semester and are ready to show some of it off. Thanks to the continued support of our generous sponsors, our students have the unique opportunity of setting up camp at Metropolitan Gallery 250 in Rittenhouse Square from December 5th until January 18th. 

Our show centers on a truly piercing quote by legendary Magnum photographer Ernst Haas, 

"There is only you and your camera. The only limitations in your photography
are within you, for what we see is what we are."

We've taken this to heart, explored his work and have interpreted this as a challenge to continue our push forward. 75 new students are embracing the medium, and those who pioneered the program last year have continued exploring via independent study. Their work is UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Come join us on First Friday, Dec 5th from 6-8pm for Opening Night, and learn more about the ground-breaking public photography workshops our students will lead throughout Dec/Jan.

Gallery Hours: Sat/Sun from 11-4pm from Dec 5th until Jan 18th. 
(250 18th St. Rittenhouse Sq, directly across from the Art Alliance). 

Student work is available for sale to the public throughout our stay to continue to fund the growth of our dynamic program. For more info on the show check out BreadHead Blogand get in touch if interested in volunteering/participating in our weekend workshops. 

Hope to see you on the 5th and beyond! 

Douglas Herman

Media Influency

Media Influency (1)
I made this slide the way it is because I wanted something different. The text is pink and drippy because not only did I want it to stand out, I wanted it to connect with the background. The background is Dangan Ronpa. Dangan Ronpa is a video game that breaks all the laws of reality. In Dangan Ronpa their blood is pink hence the text. The reason behind me doing this is because I wanted to represent my way of thinking that reality is overrated and Dangan Ronpa was the perfect candidate for that. 



This site taught me how to not to fill the slide up with too much information but instead with a single point.


This site taught me to make my text Big , cut out half the words and then make the text even Bigger

Media Fluency

Why does your slide look the way it does?

This is a slide that depicts my nature in a limited amount of space and items. I took information from the websites provided and used that to help me design and add character to my slide.I used contrast, bleeding, and I made the slide straight to the point. I like the image of some geometric figures because it adds a cool element to the simplicity of the slide. All three of these items make up a simple yet intricate display of who I am, plus it adds a simple message that adds character and color to the slide.

What influenced your decision making?

Well, I pulled inspiration from websites like Tumblr and Pinterest where this type of look is used quite a lot. I wanted to use these different image styles to reflect the vision I had prior to the creation of this slide. Also, the videos and examples of different billboards helped me to design the slide.

Tech Slide (2)

Chernowski Slide


When starting my slide, the first thing I had to do was come up with my idea and how I can convey it easily and efficiently to others. I came up with the idea of ¨Lost¨, based on my life and experiences, and immediately thought of a lonely trail in the woods. I found the picture I wanted to use and sent it to back, so I can write text on it. I used a font that would be unique and can catches the reader's eye, I also made it large to read and remember. I placed the text to the lower left so that the rule of thirds are followed. I also didn't want the text to be near the middle of the page, so I made it slightly below the middle mark. The text color was a difficult situation. No matter what I did the color did not go along with the message I wanted to convey. I finally had the idea that the color should be transparent. It gives the illusion of being lost, perfect for my slide. I made the text outlined in white because it was brighter and more attractive than the black outline.



Media Fluency~

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I decided to make my slide pretty simple, because I was pretty confused and the websites kept saying that less words with bigger font was the way to go. I cut of about half of my original words, and just went with a medium amount. Apparently this is still too much, but i can revise it eventually. The little rhyme/ song i wrote a while ago for my instagram bio. It literally states what I meant and was feeling. the background was originally a color, but I wanted to have a picture as well. So, I decided to use an artsy photo that I really liked. This photo reminded me of a little island. Now onto the next topic! From the websites looked at, I learned that contrasting was important. Contrasting is taking whatever the message was or the item being sold and making it stand out more, while having the background compliment the item. I had to make sure that the text wasn’t overpowered by the background colors, which was happening before I changed the picture. I also learned about empty space. I hate leaving awkward spaces, so I had to learn how to make the slide..attractive. Because I used these rules my slide turned out much better than I thought it would.

Media Fluency

Tech Media Fluency
I made this slide look the way it does because I wanted it to be simple. I made my text large and white against a black background so it has contrast. In “Slide Design for Developers” by Zach Holman, it says to “worry about it” and I really to this to heart. I ended up completely changing my slide around because I decided it had too much text. As said in “Presentation Zen”, in the picture, the viola bleeds off the page so you only see half of it.

The main struggle for me was to keep it simple. I had a sentence quote and then a picture with a few sentences on it. In “Top Ten Slide Skills” by Garr Reynolds, it says to “keep it simple” and the slides were not meant to be the “star of the show”.

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Media Fluency

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Why did you make the slide look the way it does?

I created this slide the way it is for several reasons. One, I chose to to put my text size somewhat big since i dont have much things to put in my slide besides the two topics in the slide. I got this advice from Presentation Zen. Also the two topics i put up in my slide is the reason why i act the way i am. Also i kept my slide simple because as stated in a article i read its better to keep it simple, than to have it filled with text or information. 

What influenced your decision making?

The two topics on my slides represent the way i act and why i act this way. It explains the way i think and who those two things changed the way it think. Also websites i read helped me make the slide look the way it is. I read that it is good to make it visual.  

My Simple Slide

My slide is all about the contrast and simplicity. I planed to have my text be big enough to see, but small enough to show the enormity of the idea. I thought about bleeding the sky in some sort, but my conclusion was that bleeding would lose the grasp of the subject. The colors were deliberate. I chose the blue and white to describe the sense of peace, but the red text shows how within peace there is conflict. I chose red instead of another color because the red melded and blended with the blue and white creating almost this harmony within the contrast of colors(Think of the US flag). Having my text at the bottom is supposed to be a starting point for curiosity leaving all that white (not entirely) space open to wander. Even the text type was chosen with intention. The thought behind was that the semi soft text represents a sort of boundary how it can be straight (like the words) but soft (the individual letters). While we see the text, you notice it is capitalized? Well I did that to show that each word is a part of a sentence like a minute is part of an hour. Lastly I touched upon emptiness to make this slide a full circle of my life by showing how much is left to be explored.

These are two links that I found and used as guides outside of The links given to me:

Why did you make the slide look the way it does?
I tried my best to relate to everyone who is going to be viewing this slide as a whole. I believe this type of situation happens to everyone and it would capture their attention for a good period of time. It also shows a very humorous side, instead of choosing regularly favored activities, they would trade it all in for the food. I do suffer from this problem numerous times, and I'm positive the audience can relate

What influenced your decision making?
After viewing a few more slides, other than the given ones, I have noticed that most of the slides that people like are slides that can give people a good chuckle. That will help advertise the slide and also help people remember the slide for future references. I tried to incorporate that into my slide. Also, I do have some traumatizing experiences with things such as this. 

Website Source (Link):

Slide assignment

I chose to make my slide have a blue background, with yellow font.  The blue and yellow created a good contrast, similarly to the IKEA sign.  I also thought the way the background design bled off the edge looked good.  II also kept the slide very balanced by having text on each side.  I also put the text next to the same color of the edge design on both sides.  I wanted to keep it simple, and not make a super complex background, because although it might catch the eye, it would take away from the message.  Also, my slide still has bright colors and is easy to read, which will make people want to view it.  

Media Fluency//Negron


The reason I made my slide look this way is because simplicity is key. Although my slide is very simple it makes a statement. I will first explain to you the picture. I made the picture huge because humans are visual beings as said on Presentation zen vision trumps all the other senses. I didn’t want my slide to only be a visual aid I wanted to make a statement that will be left in someone’s mind. I made the font size on my quote as huge as possible to catch someone’s eye. Although my text is huge I contrasted one part of the text to make it bigger than the rest. Kerning was definitely a difficulty since I used such a big font but since I used few words it all worked out.

What inspired me most was this website I found that’s listed in my sources below. It’s a ted blog and what stuck out was one thing that it said which was find pictures with meaning. The picture I chose has meaning to it. The picture is so strong and it will catch someone’s eye. The rule of the thirds is also another thing that inspired me because I have a lot of empty space in my design and I feel as though that either attracts the person to the text or the picture or even both. Empty space gets your slide noticed and remembered.


Slide - Media Fluency

Why did you make the slide look the way it does?

I made the slide the way I did because I wear Hollister and I love their clothes. So put a whole bunch of the logo sign on my slide and some pictures of people wearing their clothes. I put I love Hollister because I do , I love their style , its like what I wear their clothes but I add my own style with their clothes.

What influenced your decision making?

What influenced my decision was that since I wear their clothes and I couldn't come up with anything else to do. I was going to do any kinds of clothes so I thought how about I do a name brand clothing line and I choose Hollister and choose pictures with people / models wearing their clothes.


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When designing my slide, I had in mind the new concepts about colors and words I have recently learned.   For instance, I made my background all black so that the white words can pop out. I also made my picture bleed out of the frames of my slide because it is a technique used by designers of billboards. I added a few words that supported the main idea of my Me Magazine and a picture that depicted the information.

Mostly the texts influenced my decision making . For instance,  I decided to make my text huge because the article titled “Slide Design For Developers” emphasized that this will help capture the attention of my audience. I knew that this advice was credible because it came from an experienced designer. I chose my picture because it did not feature a human, which gives off the notion that I still have a purpose, and my purpose is presenting. It features two hands holding a globe. It is a metaphor for the way my roots help bolster my identity.

Media Fluency

Media Fluency (1)

Why did you make the slide look the way it does?

My slide looks the way it does because in order for a slide to stand out, it needs to be clear, simple, understandable, and straight forward. According to the websites, think whether your slide could be understood within seconds. Basically, whether the slide is clear in just one glance.

What influenced your decision making?

What influenced the decision making in this slide are the websites and the video that you showed the class. The websites gave tips and tricks on how to make a noticeable and understandable slide. The websites really helped the decision making in this slide.


Media Fluency

HWellner - My Slide Tech
Image from this site. (The link is WAY to long to enter plainly.)
I created this slide with the idea of simplicity as well as deepness in mind. I didn't want it want to have an overly complex slide for this, because, as we talked about in the Presentation Zen website, it should be visual, and it shouldn't be filled with text. However, I also wanted the slide to have a deeper meaning to me, and about me, which is why I chose to say what I said in my slide. The words "Living my Legend" are something I created with my head, and to me it means that I'm the one who's creating my path. I'm making my story with my choices and decisions. I'm forging my own legend. Just me, no one else. The image is kind of a double meaning. The more simple meaning is that it's from a video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which I play, and I like video games. The other meaning is because of the fact that the game is all about making your legend. I was influenced into this design because making the slide visual makes it catch the eye. The text is meant to contrast with the big empty sky in the background. I tried to keep the Rule of Thirds in mind when placing my text, because there are a lot of things on the bottom right area, so I put the text in the top left to even out the weight of the slide.


Why did you make the slide look the way it does?
My slide looks how it does because there is a general theme of good and evil. I believe that by using this theme my slide is very appealing to the eye. As you can see one of my pictures is cut of by the sides.This is intentional in an effort to show good and evil or yin and yang.

What influenced your decision making?
My decision making was influenced by having unity in separation. As you can see the pictures located at the upper right and left are really just one picture. By separating this picture in half I have given the thought of two opposing forces yet unity fot they are one picture.

Media Fluency

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Why did you make the slide look the way it does?
I made my slide look this way because there's always a point in time where you fall, and you just give up. You don't know how close you are to where you want to be, so don't give up. Get up and move forward. And also the reason why I made it like this is so that when someone reads this, they can feel motivated in life and live it to the greatest.

What influenced your decision making?
What influenced me in this decision in making this, is all the things I've done that I regret. Although I got up and kept moving forward, that is why I am here in SLA. If i gave up, i wouldn't been in SLA been giving it my all, working hard, and helping others. That is the reason of why I was influenced of my decision of making this.

My First Slide

Me Slide

This slide I created with the idea in mind to keep it simple. I tried to bleed the photo off the page, but it didn’t seem to help the visual much, leading me to leave it fully on the slide. I also shortened the quote to allow for bigger fonts but also to give the audience less to read. Another thing I did to make room for larger text was cut the quote into two. This gave me the ability to use two colors while still making sense as well. Just in case you were wondering, that’s an original quote.

Copyright Christopher Irwin-Diehl 2014.

I also had bright text on a black background to give the slide contrast. The slide is set up the way it is in attempt to balance that huge 72 pt. font with a small picture and some 36 pt. font. The picture in the far left corner is a representation of my fascination with both computer languages, but also Japan and its marvelous culture. This also is shown in my color scheme choices, as the big text is green, which is commonly the default text color in older coding terminals, and the red and white colors representing the Japanese flag.


The Work

 Man, I can't believe this sh*t bruh. I make them all this damn bread and they wanna pull this off?! What do he mean they want my damn head? Ha, f*ck that bruh, I'm the main money maker in this jawn. It wasn't even a dime. Man, I just gotta get my money and dip cuz. I can't be putting my family in danger like this fam.

   My brother walks out into the alley. He starts ranting on about how what I do is bad. (Chuckle) But I'm the reason that we livin' in this single house with three floors, a big ass yard and a damn pool. I'm the reason why they never go hungry in this house. He starts talking about how I could have done good without the drugs, without the drug money. He said I could have finished college and got a good ass job. As what though? A damn boring ass lawyer? Nah I'm good. I just look at him like if I was Kanye staring down the crowd of the Kris Jenner show for laughing at me. "Are you stupid?" I ask. He tells me to watch my mouth because he's my older brother. He lightly pushes me and I ball up my fist. "Ayo Bobby", I hear from the end of the alley.

   I look at my brother and run as fast as I can. I heard that voice and recognized that jawn as soon as I heard it. I look and they started running too, so did my brother. He knew who they were too. I hid behind a car hoping that they will keep going but I hear their steps slow down and eventually stop. They asked me where I was at. They were dumb as hell for thinking I was gonna act out. I heard them cats pulling out their straps, I heard them cock them jawns. POP POP! It's my brother who started shooting first. He came out of nowhere. POP POP! That shit continues, my brother was shot. He was holding his leg right above his knee.

   I grab his strap and black out i start shooting with my eyes closed. After a while I could feel it though. The cold, numb, emptiness right below my right shoulder. I keep blastin' though. These cats ain't taking me today. I blast, I blast... I BLAST! POP POP! I close my eyes and can't remember anything after that.


 I wake up and see all these cops. I was scared as shit. My damn brother is all that was going through my head. I must have been thinkin out loud cause one of the cops told me that my brother was right in the next room...he was gonna okay. They told me that they have to take me in after I recover. They allow me to leave the room and walk right to the doorway of my brother's room. "I'm sorry" I say. He just looked at me and I smiled then ran for my life.