Don’t you have an impression that raw tables in PowerPoint are monotonous and unattractive to read? Tables are very often used in PowerPoint content, so to make your presentation unusual, try something different for a change. I recommend replacing them with a more creative design.
So let me show you how to do it. You will redesign your boring table into a stunning infographic just with a few steps. We’re going to use a slide representing the omnichannel retail strategy.
Slide with the omnichannel retail strategy before the redesign
Our source slide contains a raw table full of text. It’s not very smooth to read it and does not look attractive at all, due to the default monotonous table design.
Let’s see what an interesting infographic we can create using simple shapes available in PowerPoint.
Slide after the redesign is below. Notice what untypical look we can give to the table structure when applying proper color and graphics strategy. Using non-rectangle shapes also adds a creative touch to the slide.
During the process of the slide redesign, I start the work of analyzing the source slide’s structure. It helps to find out the main graphical theme for the new slide. In the case of the slide with omnichannel retail strategy, I decided to separate columns from the default table. By comparing both slides, it’s clear that redesigned slide is much more legible.
Step 1: Create a sophisticated column design
Let’s start with replacing ordinary table rectangle cell shapes by something more creative. I created a new column type based on shapes.
Combining shapes in PowerPoint is a really simple process. Our stylish column was created by using a “union” function of two simple shapes (a rectangle with rounded corners and a circle).
Step 2: Duplicate and distribute the column shape
We need to create five columns (one column for each step). The easiest way to do it is to duplicate (shortcut: Ctrl/cmd + D) the column five times. Then align objects and distribute them evenly.
Step 3: Planning the space for the content
Let’s think for a moment about the content, and how it should look like. In case of having long text, it’s a good idea to diversify blocks of text with graphical accents as icons. So consequently we planned the circle backgrounds for placing icons and oranges lines for separating headers and paragraphs.
Step 4: Fill the columns with the content
The last step but not least is to fill the columns with the text and add icons. Remember that a properly chosen icon is more powerful than any words.
Check the slide below what icons we chose to represent each step of the omnichannel retailing strategy.
As you can see four steps are enough to refresh the typical PowerPoint table.
For more graphics ideas on the topic of retail presentations, check article 7 Slide Layout Ideas to Illustrate Omnichannel Strategy and Metrics. On other side, if you seek other redesign ideas, read our series of posts How to redesign a specific slide content.
Here is an animated dynamic presentation of the steps above – our YouTube movie illustrating more parts of Omnichannel Strategy in PowerPoint.
The slide makeover graphics we described here is based on the Omnichannel Retail Strategy Presentation infodiagram collection. Check there more slide graphics on this topic.
Try to redesign by your own
You can get a sample of free PowerPoint diagrams and icons that you can use to play with this kind of presentation graphics.
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