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Takahashi Method Spreads #

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Daigo first covered this phenomenon in May when he posted a video of the Ruby no Kai presenting in Tokyo. Specifically, Masayoshi Takahashi (maki on Ruby-Talk and IRC) has enjoyed considerable press over his technique—The Takahashi Method—for flashing slides with monstrous symbols to enforce short lessons over the audience’s eyespace. (As an example, Maki’s slides for a speech on Rails are here.)

Six months later, it’s still brilliant, eh! A bunch of great permutations have reared up:

(This came back to my attention from 37signals and, subsequently, Presentation Zen, who both expand on the technique itself.)

said on 10 Oct 2005 at 12:41

Interesting. Though this method seems better for Japanese or other languages with more symbolic written characters. In my opinion it doesn’t have the same impact in English. Even on Maki’s Rails slides the slide with Don’t Repeat Yourself spelled out has less impact than the more terse Japanese pages.

But as shown on the Presentation Zen page, using images along with terse English might have the same sort of feel.

said on 10 Oct 2005 at 13:03

A course I took by Edward Tufte two years ago proposed the same idea. The key concept is that overhead projection is low resolution compared to printed material. Thus one should restrict overhead material to visuals with high impact and include the high content material (tables, graphs, etc) in a handout. I have used this technique over the past few years and found it useful.

I disagree that this method is less effective in English. It may be necessary to take a different approach due to the difference in character sets that has been described above, but the core idea (project high visual impact material on screen, hand audience high content material on paper) remains the same.

said on 10 Oct 2005 at 13:58

Yeah after watching Steve Jobs’ presentation I can see how this kind of technique can be used even with graphics and a minimum of text (though that conflicts a bit with the Takahashi Method which doesn’t use graphics.) Of course Jobs’ presentation is more of a marketing thing and not something that the audience is trying to learn from, so there isn’t a need for additional printed material (though there may have been some, I’m not sure.)

said on 10 Oct 2005 at 22:14

Vocabulary > Syntax? Puh.

said on 11 Oct 2005 at 01:56

Er, why “Puh”? Isn’t RoR all about Vocabulary? Or was I mistaken and it is actually a DSL in ruby? :-)

said on 11 Oct 2005 at 05:26


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said on 11 Oct 2005 at 11:29

Yikes! Now I’ll have to strip all those words out of my RubyConf slides…

(gets to work)

said on 11 Oct 2005 at 15:43


said on 11 Oct 2005 at 15:43

Aww, CSS snippets are disabled in RedHanded Textile. Where’s the fun in that?

said on 11 Oct 2005 at 16:40

For many people, saying PONCHO in an approved font size which conforms to website palettes is the best kind of fun.

However, in another one of my oft-cited fits of compassion, I do understand that you’re not one of those people M’LguY. And I’m sure you’ll appreciate the complimentary bag of cashews I am sending to your home address.

The look on your face… ‘twill be pricefull.

said on 12 Oct 2005 at 19:42

Much thanks for the XUL link—I’m converting all my current slides to it. Now I’d just need to hack “pre” tags into it for code snippets…

(See this for some XULness I’m working on.)

said on 02 Nov 2005 at 13:26

Young-Hae Chang has been using the Takahashi method before the Takahashi method existed.


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