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by Geetesh Bajaj, June 30th 2009

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Design Shapes: The Circle, Part I

In this new Design Shape series of posts, I'll look at concepts that are not limited to PowerPoint alone, although you can expect me to relate them to PowerPoint in some way or the other because as you must have guessed it, I am in a circle that revolves around PowerPoint!

Talking about circles, that's also the shape that I talk about in this post. There are many reasons why I like circles:

  • They are round and balanced.

  • They are not limited by starting and ending points.

  • They work great in single color and two color designs.

  • They also work well when you have many of them overlapping each other in the same media.

  • They represent continuity.

  • They remind everyone of the sun, the moon, and the earth, and

  • They make great PowerPoint slide backgrounds!

Of course, there's so much more that I can tell about them -- but for now, let's just leave them here as far their virtues are concerned.

I searched a few visuals depicting circles, and here's what I found on Shutterstock, a well known stock photo site:

Picture Courtesy: Shutterstock

So will the visuals of circular concepts shown above work in PowerPoint? Will you have to adapt or edit them? And would you do those edits in PowerPoint, or another program? That's a lot of questions, even if I am prone to thinking aloud! But that's also a direction for future posts in this series -- watch this space!

Design Shapes: The Circle, Part II

I shared a few "circle" thoughts with you in the first post in this series: Design Shapes: The Circle, Part I -- and now it's time to look at some more circles. What could be better than an entire book on circles, and my favorite is a book that's entirely filled with color pictures of any sort of circular pattern that you might have seen!

The book is called Circles and Dots: Communicating with Pattern, and it contains 250 pages worth of circular inspirations for you to feast on.

This is a book that will inspire every individual in a way that's different for each reader. Some people may get ideas about doing crafts and hobbies, others may launch their PowerPoint or Photoshop, and start creating circles -- and others might just start doodling. But each of them will have their own circle of inspiration.

So how does it inspire me? I love to see how color and texture can make so much of a difference between one circle and the other -- how light alters a circular concept in a photograph, and how many circles we have around us all the time that we are not even aware of!

Design Shapes: The Circle, Part III

Continuing my discussion on circles (see Circles I and Circles II), this time I look at creating circles in an application outside PowerPoint.

Specifically, my office team was helping me with a review of Artlandia's new SymmetryWorks plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that lets me create organic looking patterns from all shapes. Since we are biased towards circles at this point of time, we decided to create a repeating circular pattern using SymmetryWorks. These patterns were intended as a starting point for PowerPoint backgrounds.

Look at these patterns here -- they are all uploaded to my Flickr account so feel free to click on these thumbnails to see larger previews:

Circle PatternsCircle Patterns

Circle PatternsCircle Patterns

Circle Patterns

Since this was a fun project, we also made a presentation-full-of-circles with the first pattern -- we uploaded this to SlideBoom so that we could embed it within this post:

See Presentation Here

Circle Templates on Ppted

Circle Templates on Indezine

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If you do many presentations, you might want to look into purchasing some royalty-free stock photo CDs or a download subscription so that you’ll have what you need at your fingertip. Check for links to several stock media sites.

This tip is from my book, PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit which I co-authored with Echo Swinford -- check the book now!

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