Visual Language Book Series

Visual Language Book Series

This 5-book series offers the ultimate collection of visual presentation design strategies.

It starts with basic PowerPoint skills and goes on to cover all aspects of working with pictures, video, animations, and shape graphics, as well as sophisticated navigation, organization, and content building techniques. You’ll find all the tools needed to be a stellar visual speaker here in one place.

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Visual Language Series Book 1: PowerPoint MasteryBook 1: PowerPoint Mastery

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278 Pages — $24.95 Add to Cart

A precursor to learning visual language strategies is knowing PowerPoint software really well. PowerPoint is the primary tool you’ll use for all design and navigation activities. Being very familiar with its core operations is common sense. These pages start from the very beginning and presume this may be the first time you’ve ever used the software and that you know nothing about making slide shows and adding content.

It quickly goes on to cover topics many experienced presenters have never learned. You’ll master important skills for working with slide shows and the Slide Master, and then study the basics of adding shapes, pictures, hyperlinks, charts, tables, diagrams, and more. You’ll even practice using PowerPoint’s shortcuts to save time and increase efficiency. The book’s agenda includes:

  • Understanding the PowerPoint work area
  • Making and modifying slide shows
  • Adding and animating text
  • Learning PowerPoint’s shortcuts
  • Working with tables, charts and diagrams
  • Applying Design Themes
  • Understanding and using the Slide Master
  • Inserting and working with pictures, shapes and hyperlinks

Visual Language Series Book 2: Pictures & GraphicsBook 2: Pictures & Graphics

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242 Pages — $24.95 Add to Cart

The second book ventures into visual strategies you’ll learn nowhere else. It begins with a more in-depth explanation of how PowerPoint handles pictures and best practices for using them in your slide shows. It then goes on to discuss the strategic use of pictures for enhancing message impact. You’ll learn important photography techniques for assembling your own pictures and suggestions for where to find pictures other people have taken.

You’ll also be immersed in two vital concepts called image roles and picture stories. Image roles are what pictures do for you. If pictures on slides are not performing these helpful roles, they are worthless. A picture story is a series of quality pictures that enhance the expression of ideas. Using both of these concepts in your upcoming talks is enormously important. This book covers:

  • Understanding picture technical details
  • Picture best practices for presentation
  • Formatting pictures and graphics
  • Where to find pictures
  • Photography techniques for taking your own
  • Understanding image roles
  • Combining image roles to make captivating picture stories
  • Examples of using pictures strategically in a visual communication context

Visual Language Series Book 3: Design & ColorBook 3: Design & Color

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174 Pages — $24.95 Add to Cart

As wonderful as pictures are for bringing colorful depth to speaking subjects, they are merely a part of the visual vocabulary skills you’ll master in this course. Appreciating the importance of PowerPoint’s shape tools, and all the ways shapes can improve your design and content goals, is another critical step toward visual fluency. This book opens your eyes to shape-based content—what we call shape graphics—and then looks at essential color considerations that may have never crossed your mind.

The book’s later pages are a sanity saver in coming days, too. That’s because part of being a visual communication expert is knowing how to prioritize which message components deserve the time and resources associated with quality design. Not all do. You need to know which are which. We’ll cover:

  • Designing with shape color gradients
  • Applying Shape Effects
  • Filling shapes with pictures
  • Making Custom Shapes
  • Best practices for color
  • Making Shape Graphics
  • Examples of content made with shapes
  • Slide Visualization techniques
  • Preparing for your Presentation Platform

Visual Language Series Book 4: Presentation PlatformsBook 4: Presentation Platforms

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214 Pages — $24.95 Add to Cart

The first three books focus on PowerPoint skills and using the software to build various forms of meaningful visual content. Book 4 moves in a new direction, showing how to craft navigation strategies that provide fast, convenient, on-demand access to that visual content. Here you’ll expand public speaking expertise and design knowledge to build what’s called a presentation platform. A presentation platform is a collection of all your speaking materials, tied together via hyperlinks.

You’ll use it while speaking to dynamically display messages in much the same way as navigating around inside a large website. Book 4 provides all the steps for building this platform from scratch but you might also wish to save time by purchasing these components as Aspire’s pre-built PowerPoint templates. Subjects include:

  • Seeing PowerPoint presentations in a different way
  • Building internal navigation
  • Working with external navigation
  • Understanding presentation platforms
  • Creating the platform’s supporting structure
  • Building the Main, New, and Pattern template shows
  • Using the template shows
  • Organization and prioritization tips
  • Maximizing dynamic delivery

Visual Language Series Book 5: Media & AnimationsBook 5: Media & Animations

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162 Pages — $24.95 Add to Cart

Book 5 returns to building visual content, but this time at a more advanced level. You’ll learn to work with video in a visual language context and add a video dashboard to your new presentation platform. Next you’ll add a PDF dashboard, a website dashboard, and eventually an audio dashboard.

A majority of book 5 focuses on PowerPoint’s animation functionalities because learning how to animate visual content greatly increases creative potential. We’ll work with clever devices known as “triggers” for firing off specific animations on demand. Then attention turns toward motion paths for moving pieces of content around on the slide pane. You’ll even build an animated style of navigation for hiding navigation bars from view. After completing this book, your skills will be at their highest peak. Topics covered include:

  • Learning video technical details
  • Working with video in PowerPoint
  • Building a video dashboard in your platform
  • Video best practices
  • Problem solving video (when it doesn’t work)
  • Linking to PDF documents and websites
  • Understanding and working with animations
  • Building trigger animations
  • Building motion path animations
  • Inserting and working with audio

Every Visual Language Book:

  • features hundreds of full-color illustrations
  • is a fully interactive, digital download
  • coordinates with templates and workshops

These books come as a digital download.

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Full 5-Book Series

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Full Series & Template Package

Book Series & Template Package Combo

$199 (SAVE 30%)

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SPECIAL NOTE: If you plan on attending a regional visual language workshop, the book series and template package are included as a complementary part of your registration (save $258).