Using animation with charts

Recently I posted a blog on how to simplify charts so that the key message came across simply by looking at the chart.  I got a few messages after the post from colleagues saying that while the overall message of “Less is more” is great, what about adding emphasis to really sell your message?  Can you animate charts?

Well the simple answer is yes, of course you can animate charts.  That being said, I would immediately qualify it with – less is still more.  You don’t want to emphasize the entire chart and every single data point.  The short video below shows 2 charts that have been animated.  The first is a column chart.  The last series has been animated to emphasize the improvement.  The second is a line chart where the progress of the last 2 series have been animated.

Let me know what you think!  I’ll be posting the how to do this later next week, but until then you can download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Hope this helps

+Alesandra Blakeston

Using Powerpoint like Prezi

Don’t misunderstand me.  Prezi is a very powerful, very awesome tool!  If you haven’t tried it out, well you should.  That being said, it is possible to do some of what Prezi does in PowerPoint.  I give you this very simple example:

In the video above you will see a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 10 slides.  The movement is created with very simple transitions between the slides called PUSH transitions.  You can download the PowerPoint here.

You can use this effect to create some very powerful effects and animations in your presentation, though beware – people come to see a person speak, not to see how mad their PowerPoint skills are!

Hope this helps!

+Alesandra Blakeston

There are a thousand no’s for every yes – apple simplicity

Those who know me, know that I don’t go anywhere without my iPhone and not very far indeed without my iPad.  That being said, I saw this video on YouTube today and just loved the simplicity.  The design of this video / presentation is just flawless.  Lines, circles, animation, flat design and skeumorphic design all flowing seamlessly together…  As a whole, it makes an incredible statement.  Hope you like it as much as I do!


If everyone is busy making everything,

How can anyone perfect anything?

We start to confuse convenience with joy,

Abundance with choice.

Designing something requires focus

The first thing we ask is

What do we want people to feel?

Delight, surprise, love, connection.

Then we begin to craft around our intention

It takes time

There are a thousand no’s for every yes.

We simplify, we perfect, we start over

Until everything we touch

Enhances each life it touches.

Only then, do we sign our work

Designed by apple in Califormia

Alesandra Blakeston