Week 6: Slide Design

Speaker’s Outline 

58 years ago, Martin Luther King had a dream.

  • Skin color continues to give not just a first but lasting impression.

Angelica Dass, born and raised in Brazil, grew up in a family full of colors

  • dark chocolate
  • porcelain
  • strawberry yogurt
  • cinnamon
  • coffee with a little milk
  • toasted peanut
  • beige like a pancake

Color was unimportant until her first art class. The flesh pencil was pink. She was brown, called “black” by others.

Treated as a nanny, the maid, or even a prostitute, she was invited not to use the elevator and didn’t belong.

Humanity’s true colors rather than the white, red, black and yellow associated with race: Humanae.

  • People have picture taken with white background.
  • 11-pixel square from nose chosen and a corresponding color in the Pantone palette chosen and labeled.
  • 3000+ participants from around the world.

The Internet provided the exhibit space with a share button on the computer and in their brain.

The portraits help change how we see each other. How can there be a division among the races when we share the same colors?

Humanae is

  • a mirror for those who don’t see their reflection in labels
  • a teaching method
  • a discovery of one’s own colors

Frustration, fear and loneliness turn into love.


I spent quite a bit of time watching TED Talks in a variety of categories, asking friends and family what their favorite talks were. While there were quite a few I enjoyed, they didn’t lend themselves to the assignment. Then I stumbled upon Angelica Dass’ talk, The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color. As she spoke, I could see it and immediately started sketching out images. for a storyboard The color palatte would come from the description of her family. and would be the design element carried through each slide. I built the presentation for a school audience, ranging from upper elementary school through college. My message is to reiterate that of the author: color is beautiful.



Critique Report

I critiqued presentations by Brittany Pickett and Rosemary Vincent. I received critiques from Rosemary Vincent and Carrie Butler Svozil in addition to our instructor, Sister Peterson. Suggestions included using a design element on each page and revising one of my slides completely due to a lack of cohesiveness with the rest of the presentation.  Even though I initially felt strongly about leaving the one disruptive slide in–and discussing it with my instructor–we came to a compromise that didn’t cause such an abruptness yet maintained the integrity of the author’s message.  Other suggestions included a unifying background color, which really helped bring it together.

Font: Impact (sans serif)

Images:  MLK, Jr., Brazilian familypack of crayonsflesh crayons, sign, brain, Humanae similarities, reflection, Humanae project

Original Talk: Angelica Dass: The beauty of human skin in every color, TED Talk, February 2016


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