Presentation Guidelines for Powerpoint

Title of Presentation
Presenter Name1, Coauthor Name2,
Coauthor Name1,2, and Coauthor Name2
Affiliation One
2 Affiliation Two
Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits
Slide Format
Title Slide
Font Size
Presentation Guidelines
Presentation Flow
Text Slides
Graphs and Diagrams
Slide 1
Slide Format Requirements
• Slides must be sized for Letter Paper
(8.5 in x 11 in), with 0.5 in margins.
– Slides should not be sized for A4 Paper.
– Slides should not be sized for 35 mm Slides.
• Slide orientation must be Landscape (horizontal).
Slide 2
Slide Format Rules
• Corporate and institutional logos are not
permitted, except on the title slide.
• Corporate and institutional backgrounds and
borders are not permitted.
• Backgrounds must be white.
• Text, lines, and shape outlines must be dark.
• Text fonts must be appropriate for screen display.
– Recommended font: Trebuchet MS
– Reasonable alternatives include: Arial and Verdana.
Slide 3
Title Slide Requirements
• Title slide must include:
– title of presentation,
– names and affiliations of all authors, and
– full name of presenter.
• Full name of presenter must be underlined.
• Superscripts may be used to indicate individual
author affiliations.
Slide 4
Font Size Rules
• Title font size must be ≥ 32 pt.
• Primary text font size must be ≥ 28 pt.
– Secondary text font size must be ≥ 24 pt.
• All other text font size should be ≥ 24 pt, unless a
smaller font is absolutely necessary.
• Font sizes (including labels on diagrams & graphs)
must always be ≥ 20 pt.
Slide 5
Guidelines for Effective Presentations
• Keep concepts as simple as possible.
• Limit each slide to one main idea.
• Use several simple diagrams rather than one
complex diagram.
• Use equations only if concepts cannot be clearly
explained without equations.
• Use duplicate copies of slides that will be used
more than once during the presentation.
– Do not plan to go back to a slide during the presentation.
• Rehearse the presentation aloud, preferably in
front of a group of colleagues.
Slide 6
Presentation Flow
• Title Slide
• Outline Slide
(outline of the presentation, not the paper)
• Introduction, Motivation, Problems or Challenges
• Details of Work
• Comparison of Results with Previously Reported
• Conclusion Slide
• Backup Slide(s)
(for potential use during question & answer period)
Slide 7
Text Slides
• Use short phrases, not long sentences.
• Slides with lots of words are hard for the audience
to assimilate.
• Minimize the number of words on text slides.
Unless necessary:
– Use no more than 30 words per slide, and
– Use no more than 6 lines of text per slide.
Slide 8
Graphs and Diagrams
• Simple line drawings are often best.
– Make all lines sufficiently thick.
– Dotted, dashed, and other specialty lines should be very
bold and thick.
• Fonts within graphs and diagrams should be ≥ 24 pt.
• Often, graphs imported from other applications
(ex: Matlab) have small fonts & thin lines.
– Adjust settings of the applications to increase font size
and line thickness, or
– Import data and produce graphs using PowerPoint.
Slide 9
Example of Good Figure
Simple Graph, Thick Lines, Large Fonts
(mA / µm)
Anneal 1
Anneal 2
Anneal 3
EOT (nm)
Slide 10
Example of Bad Figure
Thin Lines, Small Fonts
I DSAT (mA/um)
Anneal 1
Anneal 2
Anneal 3
EOT (nm)
Slide 11
Saving your File
• Embed TrueType fonts in your file
– Click on “File”, “Save As”, “Tools”, “Embed True Type
Fonts”, or
– Click on “File”, “Save As”, and check “Embed True Type”
• Save your file with the name pattern
– XSpP.pptx (PowerPoint) or XSpP.pdf (PDF)
• X: Symposium, Technology (T) or Circuits (C)
• S: Session number
• P: Paper number
– Examples:
• T2p4.pptx (Technology Symposium, Session 2, Paper 4)
• C2p4.pptx (Circuits Symposium, Session 2, Paper 4)
Slide 12
Uploading your Presentation
• Bring an electronic copy of your presentation to the
VLSI Symposia using either
– USB Thumb Drive, or
• Upload your presentation in the Speaker Ready
Room at least one day prior to your session.
• Review your presentation in the Speaker Ready
Room to verify that the presentation displays
properly using VLSI Symposia computers.
Slide 13