The winners of the SlideShare presentation contest about the financial crisis were announced a few days ago.
- My general point about SlideShare-style presentations being great for online viewing but not always the best solution for live audiences still stands.
- The content of the winning presentation is not surprising, most of us will have picked up the messages from the newspaper. It is a shame that none of the winners used visualization of data from original analysis to give us a really new insight in the subject matter.
- It is great to see how contests like these can spark so much creativity in people submitting their work.
Having said that, let's discuss the graphical execution of the winners:
The Financial Crisis: an Historical Perspective
I like this presentation, especially the use of images (the historical paintings look great, the falling knife almost makes you feel the pain in your own hands.)
The crisis 101 (US economy 2008) - put simple serie
Not judging the content here, I like the execution of this presentation less. The link between the text and the images is not that strong.
Cooking up an International Global Finance
UPDATED. While I generally do not like simple graphics like clip art in presentations, this presentation uses this technique beautifully. All graphics are custom-made. They have a consistent style, and the "simplistic" graphics provide a good tongue-in-cheek contrast to the really complicated subject matter and the whole thing hangs together well.