[Owasp-leaders] OWASP PPTX presentation template - propose to change/revise

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Thu Aug 15 16:38:02 UTC 2013

Hello all,

not sure whether others out there share the same feeling, but I would
like to propose to revisit and change our latest presentation powerpoint

The last few weeks I prepared a lot of OWASP presentations and took the
effort to do everything with our "new" ppt template from last year. And
I feel there are a number of practical design problems with our latest
ppt/pptx template. So I would like to propose to revise it.

Just in case you are wondering which one I mean, this is it:
(btw. I noticed, quite a number of people are still using an older ppt
design template...)

On first glance, the new design looks cool and modern, but IMHO it has a
number of practical flaws that make it very hard to work with:

1. the title page:
the page has a dark blue background with a white image in the centre.
So, if you write a title over several lines with white characters (as
you are supposed by the template) on that, it becomes partially very
hard to read (i.e. read white char on white background... ) - note: I
experimented with various font colours, and none really works. Although
red would work, but that is not a good font colour for a title page,
either. So the key is to change the background image to something more
- the subtitle section is a problem, too. The grey font is equally not
very good to read - though I totally get it why the designer chose grey
- because you can't use white as half the background is white and you
can't use black or dark font colour as half the background for the
subtitle is dark blue) - so grey is a compromise, but hard to read on
both. Again best would be to change the background image or shape.

2. normal pages:
the wave like design of the title bar looks cool, but:
- it takes a lot of space of the slide (much more than many other templates)
- due to the fact that it is mixed light/dark design, you can use for
the slide title only the upper right corner, or you run in the same
problem as with the title slide (light char on light background is
impossible to read). So the space is very limited and you have to do
multi-line titles which takes too much space from the slide.
The large curvy title bar on the normal slides also does not go so well
with graphics (which then cut or overlay the design).

My suggestions are:
Make a design revamp. Either with small changes or complete revamp.
1. reduce or change the white "lock" image on the title slide
2. don't have large areas of mixed light and dark background if you have
any text in front of it
2.1. make the title slide with less contrast (either all light colour so
you can use dark fonts or all dark background and light fonts)
2.2. important: remove or reduce the wave curvy like design border on
the title and all slides or make it much much smaller, e.g. instead of
several cm difference, only maximum 1cm.
2.3. change the logo on the normal slides to no longer include the OWASP
text, this can save a lot of space we can use for title space of the
normal slides. IMHO: we don't need the text "OWASP The Open Web
Application Security Project" on every single slide we have. The normal
OWASP logo is enough.

Don't get me wrong: I can see that the design looks cool and fresh, but
from a presenters perspective it feels very unpractical to me. And IMHO
design needs to support function - not hinder it. Maybe we can keep a
cool fresh design but still improve functionality with some moderate
design changes.

After AppSecEU, there might be a good opportunity to look at the design
and make some practical adjustments or changes.

Just my 5cents,

All the best, Tobias

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