Slides from recent talks…

I put a fair bit of effort into the design of my talks, so I thought that I would share a couple of the recent talks that have kept me busy as a glimpse into my approach to communicating my science. I’ve done this before, and you may have noticed there what you’ll notice here: over the years, my visual style has evolved (ha!) to be quite minimalistic. I prefer to stand in front of my slides and use them as support, so I keep text to an absolute minimum and focus on using images and short bursts of text to provide emphasis, guide attention, and advance a narrative. This isn’t an approach that will be comfortable or appropriate for everyone; it also makes sharing slides like this a little bit of an odd proposition, because there’s ample room for misinterpretation or unanswered questions when I’m not there to actually talk about what’s on the screen (as I feel that it should be – otherwise, why are you there in the first place?). Thus, if you see something that you don’t understand or that looks odd to you, please give me the benefit of the doubt and feel free to ask questions in the comments!

The first is a talk I gave recently at the biology department at Macquarie, where I was invited by my friends Matthew Bulbert and Julia Cooke. I was inspired by the video games of my early youth, and went with an 8-bit theme:

The second is an outreach talk I gave to a general audience at the Sydney Athiests meetup group a little over a week ago on human evolution, arguing that it has happened, is happening, and will continue to happen. I wrote this talk in a hurry, so I got a little lazy with the font selection (2 points if you know where I got the main font combination in the talk from).

Below are the links to any images that I used, either directly or as inspiration, for these talks which I did not create myself or purchase as stock images. I think I got everything, but if you notice anything missing, please let me know and I’ll try to correct it as soon as possible!

Image links for the Macquarie talk:


Image links for the human evolution talk