Presentation Design

Designing effective presentations & posters

Workshop Materials

Sharing your work

If you want your audience and other to have access to your presentation materials, consider posting resources on a site such as the following


Fall 2023 Presentation Prep Workshop Series

The UNM Libraries are teaming up with Graduate Support and the Engineering Student Success Center to offer a four-part presentation prep workshop series this semester. Join us to learn how to be a more prepared, confident, and effective presenter! Workshops take place on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm in an online or hybrid format (Zoom & in person in Centennial Science & Engineering Library). Registration is strongly recommended, & workshops are open to anyone in the UNM community! Pizza will be provided to in-person attendees.

General Presentation Principles

The following core principles apply whether you're creating a poster presentation or slides to accompany an oral presentation


  • Think and communicate visually: Humans remember images and words better than words alone.
  • Be consistent: Keep your slides or poster design simple and use a consistent style (fonts, colors)
  • Focus: Keep your audience focused on your most important points


  • Hook and Preview
  • Methods, Data and/or Details (Don't dwell overlong here)
  • Conclusion and Takeaways

Other Considerations

  • Use stories to help people remember your points
  • Use metaphorical thinking to choose impactful and meaningful images
  • Avoid "slide-uments" (slides that contain a high level of text detail). To communicate detail, make a slideshow as well as a handout/document

Learning Services Librarian

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Lori Townsend

STEM Librarian

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Amy Jankowski

Drop-in Office Hours
Centennial Science & Engineering Library, L166

Tuesdays: 10am-12pm,
Wednesdays: 2-4pm,
OR schedule an appointment

Centennial Library – Room L166

STEM Librarian

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Holly Surbaugh

Drop-In Hours will resume in Fall
Centennial Science & Engineering Library, L164
Please use scheduler button.

Centennial L164


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Jon Wheeler
Centennial Science and Engineering Library
Room L172
(505) 277-1687
Subjects: Data