I have been asked to come up with a PowerPoint slide template for use by multiple speakers from a single group.
The key element that was requested is a footer. The footer should have some unifying text, plus (perhaps) a logo or four and slide number.
My own preference (and limit of my design knowledge) is to follow principles outlined by Ed Tufte - only include necessary information. So, the template will probably have a very slight off-white tint and a footer, then the content will be open.
However, I have two (or three) key questions:
- what information makes a footer useful and elegant?
- how much control can (or should) I exert on the design of individual slides?
- how can I gently exert this control (either through creation of a template with limited options, or through written instruction)?