If i was giving this presentation to an audience, I would probably give the audience death by powerpoint due to the lack of Pinks aptitudes. This is not a great powerpoint fot the ‘Conceptual Age’ (Reynolds, 2008, p14)
DESIGN: I did not really do anything different or out of the ordinary. I believe there was a lack of conceptual underpinnings. The design wasnt terrible, but Pink believes good design is never noticed conciously ( Reynolds, 2008, p16). I used an orange colour palette to signify warmth, but as far as deign goes that was it. The images i used did relate to what i was talking about but it may look to the viewer that I have just plonked the images there. I tried to follow many design principles and in doing so focused too much on simplicity. I was overconcious of the design distracting from the function of my presentation. The slides contained all the appropraite information, but a presentation more beautifully designed would have made my presetation fall to the back of the pack. I dont believe its emotionally engaging enough. I did, before starting my presentation ‘stop my busy mind’ (Reynolds, 2008, p 16) and consider my topic and target audience (which was to teach 13-15 y.o about a problem they may have heard here and there, but not know anything about) but before knowing pinks aptitudes, i went for function over design, instead of a balance between the two.
STORY: This is another aptitude which needs a bit of work. I did not really put my own character and experience into the presentation.(Reynolds, 2008, p16). Obviously my goal was to inform about global warming and trying to put it into a narrative would be a bit of a challenge on paper in a powerpoint. If i was delivering it to an audience i could with the facts deliever it using my own experiences. When i was talking about how 11 of the last 12 years have been the warmest on record i could talk about my own experiences in perth, with all of the heat, when giving my presentation. Looking at my powerpoint, it is just one fact after another. I didnt put my own spin on the material which is important when people can rebut you points. (Cornelius, 2007)
SYMPHONY: I didnt really use unrelated pieces to form a bigger picture and see things in a different way. (Reynolds, 2008)
EMPATHY: The presentation does lack some empathy. I tried to give the audience what they wanted in terms of information, but as i know now – information and logic is not enough. (Cornelius, 2007) Other then colour there wasnt really much design. I needed to do a bit of research to find out what made my target audience tick so i could make an emotional connection, and i didnt really do that. If i was presenting this i probably would have seen a bored audience, but since i wasnt presenting it i couldnt make a judgement to see if they were getting what i was on about. (Reynolds, 2008)
PLAY: This powerpoint is definetely devoid of fun and humor. It is serious throughout. It is fairly dull and lacks play. (Reynolds, 2008) Sure global warming is a serious issue and has to have seriousness in it, there is too much which gives it no energy. Here and there i could have made it more lighthearthed and if i were to present this to an audeience i would ellaborate on certain light hearted points as part of my STORY. Not enough play and the audience will just go through the motions. Humour makes people intrested.
MEANING: Pink says we cannot just have an accumulation of information because of the vast amount of it, so your work has to have purpose about it. ( Greer, 2008).What do you want your work to do? What is the meaning of what we are doing? Is it going to have an effect on the audience? Mine will have an effect, but not a positive one. They will have learnt a bit, but wont go back out that room and think “Yeah, that was intresting, lets do something about this, he really made us think” They would have been bored and understimulated because of my uncreative deisgn, lack of narrative etc. By using the previous aptitudes i can give it meaning and as an effect have a positve impact on the audience. At the moment i am not fulfilling the pupose. I have the information, i just need to approch this task differently.
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Rennolds, G. (2008). Presentations in “The Conceptual Age”. In Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delevery (pp. 14-19). Berkeley, CA: New Riders