Create your own PowerPoint illustrations for visual communication

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A little while ago Blair Rorani started a Twitter drawathon to get people excited about his new book Everybody draw now in which he teaches how to become a visual communicator by drawing! I joined in as I’ve been meaning to start drawing on my tablet for a while and this seemed like a great opportunity.

After the 15 day drawathon I was hooked. I bought Blair’s book (and so should you!) and learned so much more. I was so psyched that I actually kept the Twitter drawathon going up till last week when I took some vacation. I did not stop drawing however. What I did was prepare for a special drawathon, a PowerPoint drawathon!

Did he say… PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is one of the most powerful versatile tools you’ve got on your computer and you’re probably only using it for the most basic stuff. I’ve learned PowerPoint is so much more than a tool that allows managers to create horrible presentations. I use it for everything from story-boarding, developing training materials to designing graphics… You name it!

And that last one, designing graphics in PowerPoint, is what we’ll be looking at. Most e-learning developers spend a lot of time searching for images for their courses. But what if you were able to create your own… In a tool you already have installed on your computer? What if I told you that you can create your own unique graphics and won’t need to spend a dime and a lot of time on finding stock images and photography.

Yes, you can!

The cool thing about creating graphics for visual communication is that the don’t need to be works of art. So for the next few weeks let’s start drawing in PowerPoint exclusively and build a new skill. You’ll love how easy PowerPoint makes it for you to create cool looking visuals that are fully scale-able and customizable to your every need. Every image is nothing more than a bunch of shapes, and shapes is an area in which where PowerPoint excels!

So join me and spend a few minutes a day drawing in PowerPoint and become a PowerPoint Illustrator Pro!

Luckily you won’t have to come up with your own topics. When I mentioned my idea to Blair he suggested to use one of the lists in his book and that makes absolute sense.

Just like with the original #Everybodydrawnow Twitter drawathon I plan to share a video of me drawing the object of the day and I’ll be sharing the image on Twitter using the #Everybodydrawnow hashtag combined with the hash-tag #pptx. You should too! (Check out all entries on twitter here).

Let’s get started!

Day 0: Setting up PowerPoint for Illustration (Video)

Day 1: Watch (Video)
01 WATCH

Day 2: Tablet (Video)

02 TABLET

Day 3: Laptop Computer (Video)

03 LAPTOP COMPUTER

Day 4: Desktop Computer (Video)

04 DESKTOP COMPUTER

Day 5: Mouse (Video)

05 MOUSE

Day 6:  Document (Video)

07 DOCUMENT

Day 7: Sticky Note (Video)

08 STICKY NOTE

Day 8: Folder (Video)

09 FOLDER

Day 9: Pencil (Video)

11 PENCIL

Day 10: Brief case (Video)

12 SUITCASE

Day 11:  Drivers License (Video)

13-DRIVERS-LICENSE

Day 12: Money (Video)

14 MONEY

Day 13: Trash Can (Video)

15 TRASH CAN

Day 14: Printer (Video)

16 PRINTER

Day 15: Photograph(s) (Video)

21 PICTURE

Day 16:  Calendar (Video)

18 CALENDAR

Day 17: e-Mail (Video)

19 EMAIL

Day 18: Cup (Video)

24 CUP

Day 19: Take-Away Cup (Video)

25 CUP

Day 20: Boy & Girl (Video)

20 BOYGIRL

THE END! A big thank you for all of those that joined the Drawathon and shared your illustrations on Twitter or otherwise! And a special thank you to Blair Rorani who started it all!

FREEBIE: Download all images and the PowerPoint source file here (1,5 mb)

 

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Jeff

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Jeff Kortenbosch

Jeff is a performance-focused learning professional that believes in making learning relevant again!

4 thoughts on “Create your own PowerPoint illustrations for visual communication”

  1. Sounds (and looks) great Jeff. I look forward to seeing the rest of your posts. All the best. Helen

  2. I bought Blair’s book to. I am a natural “doodler” so this type of thing peaks my interest. No to mention the potential uses in the learning arena.

    Thanks for sharing. Appreciate the videos also.

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