“Don’t follow trends, start trends.”

– Frank Capra

Trends are sneaky creatures.

They waffle around before transforming into something mind blowing.  After hanging around for a while, they are gone, unnoticed.


Yet, they set the stage for change – some stimulate ideas and others leave an indelible mark.

The seven trends discussed in this post do both. Incorporate them into your design template to create a distinct and inspiring presentation.


material design

Flat design was the poster child of the past few years. But Google has gone and brought back an old trend that is once again making waves.

This audience-friendly model has edgy visuals, with enhanced depth and dimensions using gradients and drop shadows.


Dramatic Composition

Typography goes big. With this trend, the emphasis is on bold, mixed and expressive fonts. Striking words leap out of slides and capture you with thought provoking messages.

Legibility remains a priority, but the design emphasis shifts more towards size, texture, alignment, and color than.


layout effects

Modular layouts like grids and tiles still hold strong when it comes to slide design. They get a makeover with less rigid structures and outwardly random patterns.

Freeform versions make your presentation visually pleasing, without taking away from the main element – your content.


Colors stay bold

The colors you use in slides largely depend on the kind of presentation theme –business, learning or general.

Bolder, brighter and stronger color schemes will likely remain the current choice of designers. You’d do well to follow their footsteps and use this in tandem with intricate and diverse fonts.


visual filters

Gradients first found favor with web and graphic design, and now, quietly seek to conquer the presentation world.

Soft, two-tone gradients in bright shades serve as powerful passive backgrounds for graphic and text based slides. When used well, these color effects make your images look stunning.



Interactive presentations enhance your audience’s experience, improve their understanding, and hold their attention.

Properly planned and placed cinemographs, animated graphics and GIFs allows you to communicate your information with the audience.


Negative space

‘Blank’ space is essential to create an easy scanning path for your audience. Without adequate empty space between objects, your slide becomes cluttered and distracting.

With clever use of shapes or text within spaces and shapes, you can create striking design patterns. This negative space grants more visual attention to the form present and the space absent.


Do you find any of these design trends interesting? Will you apply them to your slide designs?


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