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

Tobias Glemser tobias.glemser at owasp.org
Fri Aug 16 07:26:21 UTC 2013

Hi Tobias,

good point. There are other templates. On the same page like you where I
Linked are:
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/File:Presentation_Template_v2011.zip (I like
this one, we use it in Germany with additional chapter related graphics)

And the one you references of course.

Maybe we can get a feeling which direction feels right at the Chapter
Workshop next week in Hamburg?

Best Regards

Tobias (the other one :) )

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owasp-leaders-bounces at lists.owasp.org [mailto:owasp-leaders-
> bounces at lists.owasp.org] Im Auftrag von Tobias
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 15. August 2013 18:38
> An: owasp-leaders at lists.owasp.org
> Betreff: [Owasp-leaders] OWASP PPTX presentation template - propose to
> change/revise [ Z1 UNGESICHERT ]
> Wichtigkeit: Niedrig
> Hello all,
> not sure whether others out there share the same feeling, but I would like
> propose to revisit and change our latest presentation powerpoint template.
> 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
> template. So I would like to propose to revise it.
> Just in case you are wondering which one I mean, this is it:
> https://www.owasp.org/images/7/76/OWASP_Presentation_Template.zip
> (btw. I noticed, quite a number of people are still using an older ppt
> 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,
> 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
> the background image to something more homogeneous.
> - 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
> 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
> - due to the fact that it is mixed light/dark design, you can use for the
> title only the upper right corner, or you run in the same problem as with
> 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
> from the slide.
> The large curvy title bar on the normal slides also does not go so well
> 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
> 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:
> or reduce the wave curvy like design border on the title and all slides or
> 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
> 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
> 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
> make some practical adjustments or changes.
> Just my 5cents,
> All the best, Tobias

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