PresenterMedia is a company newly created by some designers who’ve been around for a while. They create PowerPoint templates, animations, and 3D artwork. Here you see the page on their site that lists templates.
I asked co-owner and artist Art Holden a few questions about the new company and its products.
Q: Please tell me a little history of how you got started doing artwork for PowerPoint.
My artistic partners and I got our start working for a company called Animation Factory. We created a large portion of Animation Factory’s PowerPoint templates and 3D animations. With changes in ownership at Animation Factory, we were given the opportunity to be both the artists and the owners of a new PowerPoint resource. We launched PresenterMedia.com in 2009 with the goal of providing affordable PowerPoint templates, animations and 3D clipart.
Q: What do you say to people (like me) who don’t want to use what’s usually called clipart?
Just as there are differences between snap shots and professional photos, there are differences in quality of clipart.
We actually struggled with what to call our 3D artwork when we created PresenterMedia. A better description would be 3D illustrations or presentation designs. Standard clipart tends to be very simply created, but we try to create high quality digital graphics which have a very polished photo-realistic look. Unlike a simple flat clipart, our images have every bit as much depth and vibrancy as a high quality photograph.
Q: In what types of situations do you think your products work better than photos?
Often times a presenter is faced with a need to convey an idea or concept in a simple yet impactful way. Several concepts are hard to illustrate with conventional photography. For example, cloud computing or social networking concepts are difficult to photograph.
In building our 3D clip art we are able to create situations that are impossible to photograph. The end-result is a photo-like quality, and it gives presenters a very clear and professional way to convey the message.
Also our popular 3D presentation figures allow presenters convey their message using generic figures free of stereotype or other bias. Sometimes the use of a photo of a person or group may introduce unwanted gender or racial undertones.
Q: You do a lot of animations! When are animations appropriate or valuable?
Yes, we love animations and often incorporate animated characters and elements into our PowerPoint templates. I like to call animations the spice of PowerPoint. Whether you are using animated transitions, adding a video background, or animated clipart to PowerPoint, it’s best to remember to use animations sparingly.
But, using the right animation at the right time can add impact, grab your audience’s attention, or increase your audience’s retention.
Q: What’s included in your templates and how customizable are they?
Our templates for PowerPoint include up to 19 pre-designed layout pages. They also include themed graphical elements which can be moved and reused in other presentations.
Our most popular offering is our animated PowerPoint templates. In addition to a traditional theme of static slide layouts, these templates come with a complete theme set of animated layouts. This often includes video and other 3D animated elements.
We have also begun creating special templates to take advantage of the enhanced video and animation features of PowerPoint 2010.
All our templates are very customizable. Each element in our templates can be repositioned or deleted. You can cut out portions of one template and paste it into another presentation.
Q: Explain how your products are sold and some of the prices.
PresenterMedia is set up as a subscription service. A one-time fee allow unlimited downloads from the PresenterMedia library of PowerPoint templates, animations and 3D presentation clipart.
Through July, readers of this blog can get 20% off using this link: http://www.presentermedia.com/p/75