Check out this article from the archives of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.
A. G. Gross and J. E. Harmon. The structure of PowerPoint presentations: The art of grasping things whole. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, vol. 52, no. 2, pp.121-137, 2009.
Recommended by former Transactions editor Jo Mackiewicz. Here’s why she recommends it:
“This article examines two presentations in terms of Jean-luc Doumont’s design guidelines. The authors argue that ‘the crucial unit of analysis is not the individual slide, but the extent to which the individual slide is integrated into the presentation as a whole.’ The article is an important contribution to scholarship about presentation design.”
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