6A Powerpoint Presentation

Here is my presentation:

For this process, I first looked up a TED talk. The one that caught my eye was called “Your Elusive Creative Genius” by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love. It was filmed in February 2009. After watching the talk and taking notes while doing so, I decided my audience would be anyone like me who sought careers and success through artistic or creative avenues. I wanted my message to be one of optimism but also realism. I also wanted it to coincide with gospel principles.

Next, I created a storyboard of sketches. Here’s a picture of it:


Then I searched google for the images I wanted. I originally intended to have more vector art in my slides but as I continued, I scrapped the idea and used only typography with the images I found. My color scheme ended up being warm browns, muted yellows, and a few peaceful hues of blue and green.

Once I had all the images, I worked them into my power point presentation and added the barest minimum of quotes from the talk. My intention was that the speaker would elaborate on these simple points.

Link to the original talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

Outline for the talk as it coincides with my power point presentation:

  1. The Genius Within
    1. by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. In ancient times, people believed that the creative genius came to each person.
    1. Always by divine means.
    2. The creative genius protected the artist.
    3. If people didn’t like the work, the artist could blame the “genius” rather than their own incompetence or lack of experience.
  3. As time went on, the idea shifted.
    1. Instead of a person having a genius, a person was a genius themselves.
    2. This idea created all sorts of problems, usually for creative people.
  4. Why are we so afraid?
    1. We’re doing what we love, our life’s work!
    2. We fear failure, we fear rejection, we fear the dark path.
    3. We somehow believe the lie that creativity = suffering.
      1. For good reason: many modern artists suffered from depression.
      2. There is so much pressure to be brilliant, to be the genius.
  • Instead of putting that pressure on ourselves, we can allow that genius to come and go.
  1. Inspiration comes from sources we can’t explain during times we can’t predict.
    1. Sometimes it’s by train. Sometimes by work mule.
  2. So how to we utilize the little “genius fairy” if it’s unpredictable?
    1. First, we have to let go of our fear.
      1. We have to let the inspiration, or the “genius” go, with faith that it will return when we need it and are ready to receive it.
      2. It will come back. It always comes back.
    2. We have to get to work.
      1. We have to show up and do our job. Whether you’re a writer, a designer, an artist, or a choreographer, we have to do our part and go to work.
      2. Sometimes we have to plow through, force our fingers to the keyboard or the paintbrush.
  • But when we’re ready, our inner genius will return and help us create something brilliant.
  1. Remember, you’re not a genius. You have a genius.
    1. This genius is yours to borrow. Shift the responsibility of your work from the person to the muse.

Critique: I posted my slides on facebook. Koby Hansen suggested on Thursday that I make all the numbers in my presentation the same size, which I thought was a good idea until Katie Hale suggested I get rid of the numbers altogether if I didn’t have a good reason for them. Since I really didn’t have a good reason to have numbered slides, I got rid of them. I think it makes the presentation look cleaner.

Font names: Georgia (serif) and Neue Haas Grotesk (sans-serif)

Links to images:

Slide 1: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/97/Ailes_battantes_Luc_Viatour.jpg

Slide 2: http://foto.ilsole24ore.com/Editrice/ILSOLE24ORE/QUOTIDIANO_INSIDE_ITALY/2015/06/24/Quotidiano%20Inside%20Italy/ImmaginiWeb/LEOLEO.jpg

Slide 3: https://jrbenjamin.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/albert-einstein.jpg

Slide 4: http://orig13.deviantart.net/01ff/f/2011/300/6/e/don__t_get_lost_in_the_dark_by_andrewpoison-d4e373y.jpg

Slide 5: http://orig13.deviantart.net/01ff/f/2011/300/6/e/don__t_get_lost_in_the_dark_by_andrewpoison-d4e373y.jpg

Slide 6: https://kuifai.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/creative-4.jpg

Slide 7: http://7-themes.com/data_images/out/40/6906522-beautiful-flying-butterfly.jpg

Slide 8: http://hibrpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/6123880662_5886dd3b9d_o.jpeg

Slide 9: http://naidraug.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/writing.jpg

Slide 10: http://whisperingspiritsmusic.com/images/Life-New.jpg


One thought on “6A Powerpoint Presentation

  1. Amy, I think your presentation is really great. I love the colors you chose to use throughout. I think slide number 6 and 8 are my favorites. I also love that you bolded only one certain word on each slide. That was a good way to grab my attention. Great choice of pictures to go along with your theme.

    Here is a link to my own blog.


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