Text on 16:9

Many people think that the wide screen 16:9 format looks modern for presentations, a slide fills the entire LCD screen, rather than being framed by 2 black bars or worse: stretched/distorted while you cannot find the screen remote in the conference room.

There is a problem though. Widescreen was designed with movies in mind. For text it is a disaster. Even at a decent font size, there are too many words on a single line, it is hard to follow for the eye.

  1. Even bigger fonts
  2. Rather than list things vertically, try putting them in boxes that are horizontally spaced out
  3. Stick to 4:3 and find that sticky, dusty, old, remote control in the conference room (look for the ASP button)