Tuesday Teaching Tip: Pick the Right Font for your PowerPoint Slides

Fonts, like people, have personalities. Some are serious. Others are more playful. Some work well when the audience is made up of children; others are better when used with an adult audience. When you design a Powerpoint to enhance your group’s Bible study, pay attention to the kind of font you choose.

Sanserif or Serif?

Serif fonts are distinct from Sanserif fonts. How can you tell these two brothers apart? It’s easy. Serif fonts have “little feet” that guide the letters to each other (in the example to the right, the Serif font on the left appears to have “bases” that support the letter). Can you see them? Serifs usually work best when there is a sequence of words that go beyond one line. Serif fonts are typically easier for the eye to process quickly, and they are a good choice when you have a lot to say.

Sanserif (sans means “without”) literally means “without serifs” – without those little “feet” that guide the letters to one another (see how clean and simple the Sanserif font on the right looks?). Sanserif fonts are simple looking, and are used in children’s books because of this. Some people find these harder to read when there is a lot of text. They are usually best in headlines, subtitles, and captions.

Don’t use more than 2 kinds of fonts in your Powerpoint presentation; if you only want to use one font, that’s perfectly acceptable.

To learn more about how to create Powerpoint presentations that are done rightly, considering picking up a copy of the book Slide:ology. I’ve got it linked to Amazon just in case you want to take a look! If you choose to buy it and follow the advice in it, you’ll avoid juvenile mistakes that so many people make when they put together a presentation.

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