Using Hand Drawn Graphics in Your presentation: Why and How

Kids love drawing at an early age. From doodling with crayons to later learning and utilizing other utensils, we’re innately drawn to art and want to create it.

Unfortunately, as in the case with young children, adults are not all equal in the artistic ability department. That is one of the reasons why our master designer Izabela, started creating this Hand drawn presentation graphics.

We want to help people who don’t have time and skills to draw their own graphics. To allow everybody create presentations with this visually engaging hand written style. Our own presentation experience proved us that various sketched out graphics catch the eye. Beyond the unconscious pull of artistic elements, there are other motives for using hand drawn, creative styles when building presentations. Adding scribbled or hand drawn diagrams can make your documents look more interesting, and seem more personalised (you can also check out this TED talk by sketchnoter Sunni Brown about learning the visual language and doodling as an incredibly powerful tool).

hand drawn powerpoint scribble icons

 

The Power of Hand Drawn Graphics

The goal in creating these handcrafted graphics was to allow presenters to give their projects personality and to tap into their creative side. We wanted to form a toolbox based on our expertise and feedback from our community to build something you could use for any presentation.

why hand written style presentation

Whether your presentations need charts, graphs, or filled tables – using a simple hand drawn mark can accentuate the detail you are focused on. That is why our sets include a variety of items such as arrows, lines, circles, charts, graphs, word balloons, and even people who can help illustrate whatever concepts you need.

 

hand drawn tables infographics powerpoint template

How You Can Make the Most Impact with Presentation

In order to make the most impact, you should follow the path of Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. In his book he recommends that each slide should represent one idea. Even if your slide needs to contain a lot of information to be displayed or a large field of text, you should only focus on one key message to have the most impact. This is true for presentations filled with charts, graphs, tables, or passages of text. When you need to highlight specific, key data hand drawn elements are perfect!

You can underline information using ovals, point it out using arrows, or utilize speech balloons to accentuate what you need to say. The best part is that design elements are completely customizable so you can make the sketched graphics match your branding or style of presentation.

hand written marker vector ppt shapes

Four Ways to Use Hand Drawn Graphics in Your Projects

If you haven’t gotten inspired yet, check out some of the ways we’ve been told people use our handwritten elements, and the way we use them every day:

  • Underlining Scribbles – (Arrows, ovals, speech balloons, etc.) These are used to highlight information the same way you might if you were working on a tangible, paper document.

data chart highlight bubble doodle

  • Illustrative Icons – (People, charts, etc.) These are used to allow you to visualize your theme. Using these, you can enable people who are unfamiliar with your topic to create a mnemonic association to better remember the topic of and content within your slide.

scribble icons opinion people

  • Progress Indicators – (Timelines) – These are to indicate plans, projects, or even share the outline of your presentation in an organic way around the progression of time.

timeline progress scribble ppt

  • Diagrams – (Charts, graphs, pieces of charts & graphs) – Alternately, you may use the elements to create your very own charts and illustrations to represent your own process, structure, or relationship.

venn diagram powerpoint sketch loop cycle

quarters diagram scribble loop cycle ppt

The motive of all of the items in our hand drawn sets, from lines to the pie charts, is to make your presentations more memorable and interesting for viewers.

Using hand drawn graphics beyond PowerPoint slides

Notice that the title says using hand drawn graphics in projects, not just presentations. Although we’ve been talking about how our handwritten icons can be used to embellish presentations, they have also been utilized successfully in eBooks and blog posts.

We use it in many places on our own infoDiagram blog – see hand drawn illustrations, for example, Seth Godin blogs.

If you’re still not sure of how to incorporate graphics into your projects, contact us!

Remember the design rules applies also with free hand drawing

Of course, when you’re using any kind of artistic embellishments you need to remember the importance of design consistency (read more here: 3 diagram mistake to avoid). Presentations which combine too many style elements can distract the audience. (The goal is to highlight your message and create mnemonic devices for your content, not to detract from it!).

Therefore we suggest

  • using no more than two handwritten styles per presentation. For example: Only use charcoal or ink style elements, but not all together.  The same goes for fonts, stick to 1-2 fonts.
  • Have enough white space. Let the slide breathe – leave margins from slide edge and don’t put elements too close together.
  • Keep alignment and equal distribution of elements, e.g. if your icons of the flow chart are in one vertical or horizontal line, they should not jump around by a few pixels.
  • And be careful with resizing the elements – keep them proportional, to avoid “sun to egg” effect. With PowerPoint there’s a simple trick – hold Ctrl when resizing the vector icon.

Source of Hand Drawn Graphics

If you need to graphically illustrate a concept or idea, try our handwritten PowerPoint icons and shapes collection. We put there several graphical styles:

  • scribble graphics
  • chalk or charcoal style graphics
  • pencil style sketchnoting graphics

Our collection of hand sketched shapes is probably the largest collection of shapes like this available online. We have over 500 handcrafted doodles, and our collection is constantly growing.


Browse the bundle collection of

 Hand Drawn PPT Graphics


We created our hand drawn graphic sets so we could all have a unique method of highlighting, accentuating, and underlining the key data, points, and messages of slides.

To give you tools for to draw (no pun intended!) attention and focus to important information in a fun and clever way. By making our graphical representation interesting, we are making our presentations interesting as well, and we’re also making them more memorable.

With these instruments, we’re able to strike a chord with audiences in a way we cannot with a standard formal look of printed material alone.

PS. If you are somehow still not convinced yet, get a free sample of our hand drawn shapes to try first.

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About Peter Z

Chief Diagram Designer, infoDiagram co-founder