Don’t be boring.
It’s that simple. When you’re delivering a presentation to anyone, whether it’s one person or a hundred, just don’t be boring.
Easier said than done, right? Not really. A lot of it hinges on the creativity of your presentation. What you say is important, but what you present visually is just as crucial.
And when you’re not a designer or a natural visual communicator, being not boring can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
Deep breaths, we’ve got you covered here. We’ve scoured the net to find 20 attention-grabbing, creative presentation designs.
01. Go for Dual Tones
I’m a huge fan of dual tone color overlays, especially when the colors used make an unlikely pair. Red and purple is a rare but exciting color combo. It works particularly well as a color overlay applied to photographs.
Try these templates from Canva feature a dual-tone color palette: Orange and White Pizza Employee of the Month Presentation and Black and Green History Finance Presentation
02. Feature Fun Illustrations
Here is what I love about illustrations: I can adjust them as much as I wish. If a segment of an illustration isn’t working particularly well, I can edit a few points here and there and completely change it. Photographs just don’t offer the same kind of freedom.
Canva offers templates that have illustrations as part of the design, like the Pink Vector Social Media Technology Presentation and the Turquoise Orange Vector Technology Presentation. Try them out, but don't be afraid to make your own!
03. Try logo-like typesets
While logo-like typesetting isn’t the right call for every slide, it great for intro slides or for those highlighting important content. They work best when you’ve just a few words to set. However, you can get away with setting larger bits of content with the right treatment.
We’ve shared these templates—Craft Workshop Wide Presentation and Cowboys Spirit of the Country Wide Presentation—that are ideal when you want to highlight a point. Whether it’s introducing a new chapter, key idea or product, their beautiful layout makes them memorable.
04. Neon colors
We tend to shy away from bright colors when build decks. Maybe its because we’re afraid to come off as informal or maybe it’s just a habit. Either way, it doesn’t have to be so. If you’re keen to take a risk to up the visuals of your deck, try a neon palette.
With neons, it’s about being interesting, not overwhelming. So, to make sure we don’t fall into color overload, we’ve strategically used our neon purple on each slide. To tone down its intensity, we paired it white, black and used it as a color overlay.
These guys work wonders when you’re working with large amounts of data and numbers. Instead of going with boring tables and charts, get creative with your visuals and build an infographic that is engaging.
Not every slide in your deck has to be an infographic. You can alternate between infographics and a variety of different kinds of slides to create rhythm.
06. Go photo-heavy
We love photographs and tend to be more inclined to listen when we’ve a great shot to look at. Take advantage of this and create slides that leave plenty of room for visuals. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to drop all your text. You can go with large images and text, just as showcased below.
It helps when the imagery you choose to work with is similar. It will make your deck feel cohesive. Using imagery that varies drastically can be jarring, as the slides will not feel related.
07. Try a Minimalist Approach
Don’t want to deal with organizing and managing a bunch of design elements? Keep things super simple and go for a minimalist deck. Let your content inform your layout and use design elements only when you absolutely have to.
These two templates, White and Green Minimalist Brand Guidelines Presentation and Minimal Turquoise Brand Guideline Presentation, are beautiful in their simplicity. If you wish to add a little more color variety, simply change the background color of a slide or two.
08. Fuse photo and content
When it comes to combining photos and content, most of us are guilty of just setting our text over a stunning photo and calling it a day. This is understandable especially if you’re used to creating presentations in software where using images as a background can be difficult. However, taking the time to creatively integrate our content to our imagery can do so much for engagement and visuals.
I’m really digging what’s been done below. Not only is it really beautiful, but it is also fun to look at.
Creating slides with a similar feel to the design above can be difficult, but this is where Canva’s drag and drop simplicity comes in. With a built-in image library, pre-made typography that matches fonts expertly, elements like grids and frames, making a design like this is a breeze. Start with these premade templates and then work up to designing your own.
09. Contemporary layout
What is great about the deck below is how easily the content on it reads. It looks beautiful and there’s nothing there to distract an audience and get in the way of communication. The messages set in crisp, modern and large type are tough to miss, even from the last row.
Contemporary templates, like the Urban Retail Presentation and the Blue and Red Modern Advertising Marketing Comparison Business Sales Presentation, can be used with just about any topic.
10. Icons, icons, icons
They are fun visuals, aren’t they. But what makes them great for presentations is how much they can say so quickly. They can convey just as much information as written text and are more fun to look at.
If you choose to work with icons, it’s key that you keep them consistent. In other words, your icons should all be styled the same way, helping them feel like a family and part of your deck.
To add a little more variety, you can use geometric shapes and icons. We love our bright colors, but if they’re a bit much for you, you’re able to easily change them in the editor.
11. Create visual contrast
There are so many different approaches you can take when it comes to building visual contrast. You can create it by varying size, by using contrasting colors, or working with both black and white and color. These options are not mutually exclusive and, as showcased below, can be powerful when used in combination.
We’ve created visual contrast in our template using quite a few of the approaches mentioned above. Remember, you can easily swap templates within the editor. Test as many options out as you’d like.
12. Try a Monochromatic Palette
You’d think limiting yourself to one hue can be in fact boring. However, some of the most creative work is born from limitations. Don’t believe it? Check out the deck below. It's engaging and built using only red.
You can easily change the colors of these templates if you want to adapt it to your brand. Simply select the elements and change their color.
13. Feature impressive typography
You’ve got to give your type choices and setting lots of thought and love. The wrong choice of type can take a huge toll on your presentation. Imagine a financial projections slide set in Comic Sans. Not good.
Once you’ve selected the perfect typefaces, it’s important that you spend a little time setting it properly. Avoid hyphens, funky rags, and of course, widows and orphans. Don’t have time to? Not sure what rags are? Click on any of our templates and edit away.
14. Create a color scheme
And stick to it. Using color consistently will help you build slides that feel related. How you use it on each slide will also help you create rhythm. Defining how color will be used on each kind of slide will help you build templates you can design with.
Check out what we’ve done above with color. We’ve used it consistently throughout our deck but we’ve also made sure the values of each hue we selected were the same as well.
15. Create Rhythm with Templates
Changing up the layout of each slide in your deck can be confusing. It’s helpful to create templates to design by to create a rhythm your audience can follow. These don’t have to be numerous. Consider the example below. With just 3 or 4 templates, Areumnara Park was able to create a cohesive theme for her slides.
Presentation templates in Canva offer themed designs for each page, not just the front one. Click on these templates, Pink Geometric Marketing Presentation and Marketing Design Review Presentation, and see all the variations of the theme.
16. Use color overlay
We’ve mentioned working with color overlays over entire images. But it’s not the only way you can use it. Covering images partially, to create visual interest or to make sure content reads clearly, can also yield creative visual solutions.
Try the Buildings and Busy Roads Wide Presentation and Mint Green Workout Fitness Muscle Supplement Product Presentation to get your feet wet with color overlay designs.
17. Easy on the text
Because you’ll be there to share content, you can get away with creating slides with minimal text. Keep it short and sweet and use just a few lines of content.
You can offset minimal text with a color scheme that complements the information you're presenting. You can see this with the Blue Gray Pens Technology Presentation and the Black and Turquoise Outlined Diamond Technology Presentation templates below.
18. Use expert typesetting
How text is arranged in a design can have an impact. You can place as little or as many as you need, but without considering how it is placed may render your presentation, well, unpresentable. This design below has a minimal color palette and font options, but the way it’s used makes the template eye-catching and gives it a timeless feel.
Try out these templates from Canva that have excellent font pairings and layout: Brown Illustrated Architecture Ancient History Presentation and Pink-Tinted Vacation Adventure Creative Presentation. Want to learn more? Check out The effect of alignment tutorial at our Design School!
19. Don’t be afraid to go bold
Most people avid bold colors when creating presentations, as they usually don’t translate well when projected, and perhaps the fear of choosing a color that's too strong. With the right choice of color palettes, however, bold colors can help your presentation create an impact.
Remember, bold color isn’t just about the hue, it is about the application as well
20. Let it bleed
All your design elements don’t have to be confined to the inside of your slide. Letting them fall of the slide is a great way to create a dynamic visual solution, just like the one below. If you’re letting some of your content fall of your slide, just make sure that it still communicates clearly.
Note how in the template we share above we’ve been careful with what falls off frame. We’ve made sure to keep all key communication elements were an audience can see them.