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

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Sun Aug 18 19:50:59 UTC 2013

I tend to agree with Tony. As long as folks are not shilling products
and services on stage, I don't care what template they use.

Just my opinion here.

- Jim

> Why does there just have to be one? To Tobias G's point, access to the
> other templates I think should be used as needed by the leader/ speaker. I
> don't think in doing so, multiple decks creates a non-standardized image;
> most people don't care about the template design but the content itself,
> but in the spirit of simply focusing on the presentation and usability of
> the templates, perhaps different types could be managed with different
> simplicity/complexity (Biz Deck, Technical Deck, and a Chapter/ Con), all
> depending on the audience.
> On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM, 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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