Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations

New Riders
Garr Reynolds  
New Riders
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December 2013
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Best-selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this edition of his classic, best-selling book, Presentation Zen Design, in which he showed students how to use time-honored design principles and simple techniques for creating successful presentations. This new edition includes fresh new examples throughout and a whole new chapter on presenting using video and multimedia.


Presenters often lack the fundamentals of graphic design but after reading this book they will learn how to look at their slides differently and with design in mind. Throughout Presentation Zen Design, students will get the same one-on-one, practical advice from Garr Reynolds that made his first book wildly popular. Filled with practical information and lots of examples, with sections on type, color, images, video, layout and presenting data, Presentation Zen Design provides a comprehensive toolkit for creating compelling presentations.


In this edition, Garr gives his students new, fresh examples to draw inspiration from, with a whole new chapter for those who present using video and multimedia in their talks. Not only will they discover all the design elements that go into good presentations, they'll also learn key benefits to using particular designs for various outcomes and will accomplish the goal of making a lasting connection with their audiences.

Table of Contents

  • Design Matters
  • Presenting with Type
  • Communicating with Color
  • Using Images to Tell Stories
  • Making an Impact with Video
  • Simplifying the Data
  • Seeing and Using Space
  • Creating Purpose and Focus
  • Achieving Harmony
  • The Journey
  • Slide Samples
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Photo Credits
  • Index


Garr Reynolds is the bestselling author of Presentation Zen, Presentation Zen Design, and The Naked Presenter, and a leading authority on presentation design and delivery. A sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. A writer, designer, and musician, he is currently Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Garr is a former corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric and worked as the Manager for Worldwide User Group Relations at Apple, Inc. His popular blog can be found at


Reader Review(s)

"To change the world, you need to pitch. To pitch, you need to design. To design, you need this book."
-Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder of and former chief evangelist of Apple

"Whether you’re a professional preparing a talk, a student tackling an assignment, or anyone trying to craft a richer life, Presentation Zen Design is the most important book you will read this year."
-Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive

"Garr has once again visually captivated readers with a book that will inspire millions to communicate effectively."
-Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc. and author of Slide:ology and Resonate

"In this increasingly competitive global economy, you're only as successful as your ability to persuasively sell your ideas. Garr's presentation design techniques have helped me elevate my own presentation slides and I know they'll help you, too. Garr's book is essential for anyone, in any field, who wants to be more, make more, and have more impact."
-Carmine Gallo, Author, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Talk Like TED