I have heard many things about making a good set of slides for a presentation. For example, one of my professors at the university told us that the background for all the slides should be black or dark because otherwise, it will be harmful to the eyes of our audience. But then I found many templates (e.g. Latex Beamer) which are completely the opposite.

I wonder if there is a book or some papers or other kinds of good resources which introduce a set of rules for making slides in such a way that those rules are accepted by the majority of educated people. I'm going to have a presentation about these rules.

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    1st rule : No spelling errors... – Solar Mike Mar 14 at 8:34
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    Worth watching: youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpi1Lm6dFo . The most important things to avoid are full sentences (people are not here to read your slides), too many things per slide (1 slide, 1 idea). Also the best way for you to improve your presentations is to attend other's presentations and note everything that you find wrong/annoying etc, and make sure that you do not make the same mistakes. And please, number your slides :) – David Mar 14 at 11:04
  • See this question regarding your example. – Wrzlprmft Mar 14 at 13:35
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    Yes, for the love of everything good, DO NOT just stack your slides full of text and then read them. – twoblackboxes Mar 14 at 13:38
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    Oh, and please avoid equations; except if 1) they are very famous ones, 2) are the main purpose of the presentation, 3) you take (a lot of) time to describe them. Put them if they are really necessary – David Mar 14 at 14:23