15 April 2015

The 5 Best Sites And Blogs on Communication and Design

Here’s a collection of the top web resources with the best content on communication, presentations and design. 

(1) Presentation Zen

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
— Garr Reynolds  

Without doubt, Presentation Zen is the presentation blog. Best-selling author and speaker Garr Reynolds delights the reader with tons of gems on presentation preparation, design and delivery: the three key elements that make a great presentation.   

Content-wise, Presentation Zen is the benchmark all other blogs should be measured against. If you find someone who writes about presentations without knowing Garr Reynolds, do yourself a favour by not listening to him.

(2) Ethos3

“In 25 years looking at stuff like this, I have never encountered something like this. You guys really know your stuff.” 
— Guy Kawasaki on Ethos3 

Ethos3 is one of the world’s best presentation agencies. They do two things: presentation design and presentation training. His founderScott Schwertlyis author of the boook “How to be a Presentation God”. Ethos3’s blog is full of practical tips on how to become a better presenter. 

(3) Canva 

“The easiest to use design program in the world.”
— The Webbys 
I wrote about Canva already. Canva is an online service that makes design simple for everyone. What they have is not just a blog, it’s much more than that. It’s a Design School. Here you can find valuable tips on typography, colour, images, and design in general. They also provide great tutorials and teaching materials. On a scale from 1 to 10, the value you get from their articles is about 11.


(4) TED

“Ideas worth spreading.”
— TED mantra  

Just in case you don’t know it (I doubt it), TED is an organisation whose aim is to spread great ideas. They do it in the form of short talks (18 minutes or less). It began as a Conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence TED), and now covers any topic.  

TED Talks are viewed by millions of people every day. There must be a reason for that! Here are the three TED talks I like the most.


(5) Big Fish Presentations 

“Content is King, but design is its Queen.”
— Big Fish Presentations 
These guys are not as famous as Garr Reynolds or Nancy Duarte, but they also know their stuff. Their blog covers topics from presentation theory and design to public speaking. Definitely worth checking out. 


Putting all together

  • Speaking.Alltop 

Alltop.com was founded by Guy Kawasaki, hence it’s guarantee for greatness. It’s an aggregator of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. Which topics? Anything you can think of. Like presentations and public speaking? Check out speaking.alltop.com. More interested in design? There you go: design.alltop.com. It’s that easy. 

  • Echo Story

Disclaimer: I created Echo Story

Echo Story is a weekly newsletter of what I find in business, communication and design, and human-interest topics and think is worth sharing. With Echo Story I help people find better content. The idea is similar to Alltop, but it only focuses on the three topics above. Talking about communication and design, if you don’t want to be bothered finding great content yourself, you can simply subscribe to receive the best of the best straight to your inbox. Once a week, for free. 

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If you know other sites and blogs that you think should make the list, please let me know. I’d love to add them to my favourites.