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Our favorite presentation resources

Since we’re getting a lot of questions about what resources are we using to build awesome presentation templates we decided to build a list of our
favourite resources divided by categories.

tools

This list will be updated on regular basis. Last update: January 1st, 2015

Get inspired

  • TED Talks [TOP CHOICE] – TED Talks had been watched one billion times worldwide. TED looks for engaging, charismatic speakers whose talks expose new ideas that are supported by concrete evidence and are relevant to a broad, international audience.
  • Slideshare [TOP CHOICE] – you can find many many great content slide decks on slideshare. Especially look on today’s top slideshares, featured slideshares and trending slideshares on social media. Don’t forget to follow us there at http://www.pinterest.com/improvedslides/
  • Pinterest – there are some great groups on pinterest that get updated every day with screenshots of great slides. Just try to use search for “powerpoint” and you will find some great inspiration there. Don’t forget to follow us there at http://www.slideshare.net/ImprovePresentation
  • Behance – you’ll be amazed how much high quality presentation design you can find on good ol’ Behance. Just make a search for “Powerpoint” and you’ll find some awesome examples of well designed slides.

Find presentation tips

  • Speaking.io [TOP CHOICE] -Zach Holman wrote ONE OF THE BEST on-line and free crash course tutorials on preparing and delivering a great presentation. It’s written in a very easy to understand language, it’s funny and it covers the basics really really well.
  • Resonate Book by Nancy Duarte – Nancy Duarte is one of the top experts in the world when it comes to presentations. She recently released one of her books for free in HTML 5 – You can find it here . It is a well written book on storytelling and modern way of designing your presentation.
  • Mike Sammartano Video Tutorials – there are a ton of Keynote tutorials available online, however Mike came across some interesting tricks, shortcuts, and design techniques. As a result, he created a library of his own tutorials.

Find inspiring photos and backgrounds

  • Unsplash [TOP CHOICE] – free hi-resolution photos – 10 new photos every 10 days. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission – Creative Commons Copyrights
  • Little visuals [TOP CHOICE] – free images – that you can use any way you like. You can either download a .zip file with images or sign up to get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days. Creative Commons Copyrights
  • Death To The Stock Photo – free (no attribution required) photos for commercial use emailed to you on monthly basis.
  • New old stock – very interesting project that takes vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.
  • Picjumbo – totally free photos for your commercial & personal works. What is nice about Picjumbo is that it has divided the photos into categories which you can easily browse. No attribution required.
  • Gratisography – free high resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New pictures are added weekly and are free of copyright restrictions.
  • Compfight – a pretty neat photo database with search capabilities. This is a mix of commercial and free creative commons copyright photos. Good tool when you need to search for a specific type of image.
  • Stockphotos.io – stockphoto.io is a high quality, high resolution public domain and Creative Commons licensed professional free stock photos sharing community.
  • Creative Commons Search – great tool if you need to make a quick search for creative commons images in many places at once. This is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations (for example Flickr).
  • Jaymantri [TOP CHOICE]7 new photos every Thursday from Jay Mantri. Great content and guess what? It’s free – Creative Commons Copyrights.
  • The Pattern Library – this is an on going project that complies patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.
  • Stocksy [TOP CHOICE] -stocksy are deeply committed to creating the world’s most engaging pictures with a realistic, editorial style. The images you will find there are created specifically for licensing by discerning people who see the difference in quality.
  • The Stocks IM – vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.
  • Re-Splashed [NEW] – free HD images for your web and design projects.

Follow these blogs and sites

  • Duarte Blog [TOP CHOICE] – great blog from Duate. Duarte creates presentations and offers training based on our unique VisualStory™ methodology, which applies storytelling and visual thinking to craft persuasive communications designed to shift audience beliefs and behaviors.
  • Presentation Zen – a site from the author of Presentation Zen and other best-selling books related to presentation and presentation design – Garr Reynold
  • Slide Magic Blog [NEW] – Daily presentation design inspiration

Connect with people and brands

  • Nancy Duarte – CEO and author. Passionate about persuasion and visual stories used in business.
  • Garr Reynolds – author of Presentation Zen. Lives in Japan. Family guy. Helps people tell their stories through medium of 21st-century, short-form presentation.
  • Slideshare – the world’s largest community for sharing presentations online.

Read books

If you think we’re missing some great resources drop as a line at our email. We’ll be happy to add it to this list.