Creative bullet point list ideas in powerpoint presentation

Get rid of bullet points! Three creative list presentation ideas

Do you use lists and agendas often in your presentations? I bet the answer is yes. What is more: we use them every day, and not only at work. There are projects plans, TODO lists, priority checklists, agendas, and lots of others. Let’s get creative and go a little bit further than creating regular lists.

Here are a few fresh alternatives you can use to replace default bullet point enumerations in your presentations and make your notes more structured.

Before we go further, have a look at our extensive collection of infographics templates, which contains 225 editable diagrams, including various list designs:

Modern Flat Infographics PPT Collection

Recently our designers created another collection in outline style if you like it more: Ultimate Deck for Visual Presentations.

I believe you are tired of bullet points and simple lists as same as I do, so why don’t put a touch of originality to our slides? That way it is possible to create more attractive designs and, of course, impress your audience 🙂 And don’t worry, good-looking design shouldn’t be time-consuming, and I’ll tell you how to create effective slides in no time.

Three Creative Ways of Presenting a List

The general idea is to replace each item in bullet points with a visually more attractive design element. Below you’ll find several options of shapes you can consider. I suggest using shape type and colors that fit the most your brand or graphical style you use in your business materials (every shape and symbol from our collection is editable).

1. Arrow-shaped Templates – Dynamic Style

One idea is to replace bullet points with series of arrows. You can use one color or several ones for each item. These arrow-shaped lists are good for expressing dynamic style. They quickly grab attention to a certain point:

Arrows Smart Art in color for placing 4 items, with icons
Arrow Diagram Template in color for placing 5 items

You can apply your brand colors to the lists, as the arrows are PowerPoint editable shapes. Additionally, you can enrich the main points by adding a symbol for each item. Download the collection here:

Arrows Lists Collection

If you are looking for concept visualization ideas, check this article: One Picture to Rule Them All – Concept Visualization List.

Here’s the example of a project plan checklist, illustrated with icons:


You can also check this collection of Pointed Rectangle Lists, which look a bit different from arrows. It all comes down to what shapes you prefer more.

2. Circle Strip Lists for Smooth, Perfection Style

Okay, but what if we will get through pretty standard arrows to something more original but at the same time professional-looking? Our designers were experimenting a lot and here’s the result:

Flat Strip List with Circles for placing 3 items, with icons
Colored Flat Strip List for placing 10 items in 2 columns

Looks more attractive than a standard bullet-point list, doesn’t it? 🙂 Such circles don’t steal attention from the content and add a modern touch to the slide.

Replace default bullet points in your agenda with colorful or mono-color lists with circles aside:

Circle Strip Lists Template

These rounded shapes can be used to represent values of something stable, friendly, something ideally shaped, perfect.

3. Teardrops List Presentation Ideas to Combine Dynamics and Perfection

“Okay, – you would say, – but if I want to use arrows, but also like the idea of ideal round shapes?” Then I have to advise you teardrops – a combination of arrows and circles together. This is a really good way to design eye-catchy slides without special knowledge and effort:

Colored List for placing Activities for 5 items
Infographics Template for 10 Items Opposite Set

You can use teardrop lists for your investor pitches, market research reports, HR, strategy, and planning presentations.

Apply list diagrams for comparisons or longer agendas, place as many items as you need. Check the teardrops lists set here:

Teardrops Lists Collection

Attractive lists can greatly refresh the overall slides look. A collection of design ideas by hand will help you create highly visual and elegant presentation content, and support your storyline.

Source of list presentation designs

If you like the list diagrams above, check the particular presentation slides set (click on a specific picture to see details).

All list collections include:

  • pre-designed variations of flat lists diagrams, monocolor and multiple color lists.
  • text placeholders for listing a set of items with list title, for agendas, comparisons or other enumerations.
  • a bunch of universal flat icon symbols for infographics. For example a man, thumbs up, magnifier for analysis or search concept, bullseye for objectives and goals concept, calendar, institution, mobile, data chart symbol. You can add more icons exploring this Simple PowerPoint Icons Library, just remember about the consistency.
  • fully editable style, size and colors.

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