Has a Cambridge University Student Saved the World from ‘Death by PowerPoint’?

Saturday, March 10, 2012
posted by Newsica at 6:49 AM IST



With even the most professional PowerPoint presentations sending boardrooms to sleep in minutes, has Gavin Wedell developed the ultimate hand-drawn wakeup pill?

Cambridge, United Kingdom -– Having sat through dozens of mind-numbing PowerPoint presentations during his time at Cambridge University, Gavin Wedell knew something had to be done about it. Putting his skills and entrepreneurial streak to use, Gavin today announces the launch of the Doodleslide plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.

Containing over 400 creative hand-drawn images and 100 versatile slide templates, the plugin is a saving grace to professionals, educators and students who want to create engaging, interesting and original PowerPoint presentations.

“Being hand-drawn, the images and templates go against the boring norm of sleek ‘corporate’ looking presentations. They are quirky and appear more authentic. They’re vastly more memorable than typical slides. They also fit into the new paradigm of presenting that suggests that it is increasingly important to use more immersive visual communication in order to best get ideas across” says Gavin, discussing his creation.

He continues, “The images and slide templates are extremely easy to insert into presentations and documents as the Doodleslide plugin integrates two new buttons on the ‘insert’ menu of Microsoft Office.”

Gavin first got the idea for Doodleslide while enduring many a boring presentation and lecture. Often finding himself drawing cartoons pertaining to the lecture he was sat in, he found his class mates and even lecturers requesting copies.

After realising just how powerful these drawings could be at communicating complex ideas, he decided to share them with the world through the development of Doodleslide.

All images were produced in high resolution and contain transparent backgrounds to allow them to be integrated into presentations of any style.

Regular PowerPoint users will be aware of a myriad of other images available. When quizzed to as to why his are different, Gavin was confident in his response:

“With over 40 million PowerPoint presentations delivered daily, three quarters of which are likely to be no more interesting than the bus ride to work, my aim was to create 100% original and visually stunning images and templates that ensure those watching not only stay awake, but are visually engaged and absorb the information being given to them” he says.

The Doodleslide Plugin for PowerPoint & Word available at www.doodleslide.com and is currently on sale for $24.95 (USD).

About Gavin Wedell

Gavin Wedell is a University of Cambridge MBA student. Following his MBA, Gavin plans to specialise in improving the quality of business education through his consultancy Better Business Learning, which will be based in London.

Prior to his MBA studies, during his five-year career as a corporate trainer, Gavin designed and facilitated management development programmes for leading MNCs including Diageo, Ferrero and Vodafone.

He was named the 2009 ‘Gold Young Learning Leader’ and managed the national training group that was named the 2010 ‘Best Training Team’ by the Training Australia Magazine.

Gavin is due to graduate with his MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business school at the end of April. He also holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney as well as a Bachelor of Science (with honours in Psychology) from the University of New South Wales.

High res images are available at www.doodleslide.com/press

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