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Slide presentations as an object of research: definition, features, history and criticisms

Cadena, Renata A.; Coutinho, Solange G.;


The aim of this paper is to discuss the slideshow, together with its history and, by means of a bibliographical review, opinions that have been written about it. Due to their great popularity, slideshows have been widely adopted by very different social groups, whenever professionals from all fields have felt the need to represent information through graphic language. It is our belief that studies in the field of design have not focused enough attention on slide presentations as a research object, and therefore, it is our intention to set down a number of points that could encourage further research possibilities.


Palavras-chave: slide presentations, history, criticism,


DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0070

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Cadena, Renata A.; Coutinho, Solange G.; "Slide presentations as an object of research: definition, features, history and criticisms", p. 491-497 . In: Tradition, Transition, Tragectories: major or minor influences? [=ICDHS 2014 - 9th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0070

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