It’s June 2015 and I’m hidden behind a giant iMac screen browsing for jobs. I see a Junior PowerPoint Designer advert and think “PowerPoint? The Microsoft software built into PCs (ew) that I last used in primary school presenting the lifecycle of a frog? The retro programme where clip art and bullet points live with ridiculous ‘curtain’ transitions and hideous smart-art of nightmares?”
So, I applied.
And four years later, I’m a changed person. Not just because I haven’t opened my MacBook for several years, but also because I realised that PowerPoint is a timeless and precious gem. In the corporate world, to business-minded people, PowerPoint is that friendly face you see at a party full of intimidating Adobe software. Of course, as a designer, I love InDesign and Photoshop, I get along with Illustrator and have been recently acquainted with AdobeXD. I wouldn’t be where I was now without them. But PowerPoint speaks everyone’s language, from teachers at the front of classrooms, to CEOs at conferences, sales teams working their pitches, and property developers showcasing their portfolios. It’s such an easily accessible, practical software that I honestly don’t believe it can or should ever be replaced.
I recently read an article titled ‘Harvard Just Discovered that PowerPoint is Worse Than Useless’, a lovely read explaining a study that ‘proves’ the software is of no aid to audiences and as a speaker you don’t need one. Which I wholeheartedly agree with… in terms of what most people know as a PowerPoint presentation. That being a slide full of bullet points scattered over a white square, charts so small the data may well not exist, topped off with a low-res iStock image of a woman grinning enthusiastically in a beige suit, poking a stick at a Venn diagram. No, you do not need that. At all. Ever again.