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

Colin Watson colin.watson at owasp.org
Fri Aug 16 08:11:22 UTC 2013


Well said.

Would it be worth documenting "requirements" in one place on the wiki
for new/future templates?  I think there was some comment when this
one appeared, but can't find the correspondence. New ones should have
some sort of review before adoption.

Other "Top 15" comments:

- Needs licence info on (every?) page
- Needs copyright statement on title page
- Needs space for author names, event name, date and location (like an
older template had, but now gone)
- Needs page numbers
- Must not encourage corporate logo addition
- Background "violet" on home page does not go all the way up to the
swish - if kept, needs fixing
- Not enough space for titles on normal pages (Allow for long and
wrapping titles)
- Normal pages must have a white background - not shaded at all
- Default font sizes are scarily large, and should be smaller
- No background images behind body text (there are none on this, but
there were in a previous incarnation)
- Consider small OWASP logo and abbreviated name in footer only of normal pages
- Dislike "lock" images - very clichéd
- Ensure all designs are copyright OWASP, and we have the ability to
re-use/distribute etc at no cost
- Obtain licensing details for any stock images included, and keep
them for the record
- Set default document properties

Apart from that it's fine!

It would also be interesting to test a new template, how easy it is to
import an existing well-used deck, and also check that a typical
presentation "works" in the new template.


On 15 August 2013 17:38, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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:
> 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
> 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 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
> 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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