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 2022 Presentation Prep Workshop Series

The UNM Libraries are teaming up with the Graduate Resource Center and Engineering Student Success Center to offer a four-part presentation prep workshop series for the Fall 2022 semester. Workshops take place on Mondays from 12-1:30pm in an online or hybrid format (Zoom & in person in Centennial Library). Registration is recommended. Workshops are open to anyone in the UNM community!



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

Fall 2022 Office Hours
Centennial Science &
Engineering Library, L259C

Tuesdays: 10-noon,
Wednesdays: 1-2:30pm.

STEM Librarian

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Amy Jankowski

Fall 2022 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

Fall 2022 Drop-In Hours
Centennial Science & Engineering Library, L164
Tuesdays: 11am-1pm
Wednesdays: 11am-1pm
OR use scheduler button.

Centennial L164


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