The tech company I work with has recently gotten a new branding. Part of this is of course PowerPoint templates. These templates feature a grey-ish background on all slides.
Before stubbornly removing this grey background in favor for plain white, I would like to check if there are actually good reasons for a grey background.
As far as I can see, the disadvantages are:
- All my technical drawings are saved with a white background by default, so I have to remove that background (luckily, in PowerPoint this is relatively easy)
- It's more difficult to have greyed out details in images, because the grey has to be exactly right (too dark and it looks like black, too light and it becomes the same color as the background). In general, the contrast on all slides is reduced.
- A darker design has the potential to make an audience sleepier - especially if the venue has chosen to turn the light off for the presentation.
The only advantage I can see is that grey may be easier on the eyes. Are there any other good reasons to keep a grey background?