​HR Competencies

  • Communication


If you are no longer content with six bullet points per slide and six words per line, this design session is for you. If you are looking to move beyond using presentation software as a document creation tool, to make your presentations visually effective and engaging, spend the day with us exploring and applying the principles of color, graphics, and structure. Universal design principles can be applied immediately to existing decks or as you build powerful presentations, enhancing the effectiveness of your message. The issues of image use and copyright will be explained. Considerations of both diversity and accessibility will also be addressed. Experience both the science and art of beautifully balanced professional communication. The design principles can be applied to creating effective graphic design whether in Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, or other presentation software.

Note: A working knowledge of your presentation software program is required. All participants must bring a laptop with a working USB port, your presentation software installed, and a power cord, no laptops will be provided. This session assumes a working knowledge of your software, this is not a computer skills class! Wherever possible, the participants will be encouraged to apply content to existing materials. Having at least one presentation loaded on your laptop, available for editing is recommended. While you will have wi-fi access, it is risky to assume you will have remote access to network for the day.


  • Art elements and design principles
  • Composition principles and color theory
  • Thematic and presentation structure
  • Images and copyright
  • Visual and conceptual hierarchy
  • Infographics and typography basics
  • Diversity and accessibility

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for individuals who have to deliver polished presentations. If you are looking for a class on PowerPoint skills, please see the offerings in the Technology Training section.


Kristi Backman, Fine Artist and Adjunct Professor at several Colorado Colleges in the Denver area



0.70 Continuing Education Units
Course ID #PDEV126

Class Details

There are no scheduled instances of this class for the remainder of the year. Check out our new course catalog this fall, or click below to explore onsite options.

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