This book is for you, the busy teacher or instructional designer. You know too much text on a slide is ineffective: but what to put there instead? Academic Slide Design: Visual Communication For Teaching and Learning offers a new vision and a new method for building more effective slides, starting with the lecture itself.

Inside you’ll find practical advice on white space, graphics, colors, fonts, composition and more. Liberally illustrated with before and after examples, as well as exercises to work through on your own, this book is your companion in learning (or re-learning) the visual techniques that can help students understand and remember content delivered during live lectures. Based on what is known about multimedia learning, universal design, visual perception, and graphic design, Academic Slide Design is not just about slides, it’s about visual communication for teaching and learning in the 21st century.


Fandrey enjoying a fun, interactive moment at the podium.
Photo: Patrick O’Leary

There are tons of books and resources out there on how to make better slides, but we continue to see ineffective examples in lectures and talks. Why? Because the slide canvas is a vast, blank slate, and slide-making is a creative act. I contend that people just don’t know what else to put on slides, if not their own bulleted speaker notes.

I wrote this book for my masters thesis in 2014 and then spent 3 years reworking it for a mass audience.  It’s the many before-and-after examples that I hope will give you inspiration as you work on your visual literacy skills to make better slides for your students.

And this content is even better in person. Please get in touch if you’d like me to give a visual communication workshop or presentation for your group, or if you’d like to consult about your own slide decks. I love this stuff!

Sample chapter

sample chapterReviewers report that this book is hardly a stuffy academic read. In fact, it’s considered light, enjoyable–easy, but effective.

View a sample chapter (hosted at Goodreads). Includes table of contents, source citations, and index.