30+ Best Free PowerPoint Templates

Not everyone can afford to buy premium PowerPoint templates to create their slideshows. But, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a default template. There are dozens of incredible free PowerPoint templates to try out!

A great thing about the design community is that there are designers out there who willingly share their amazing work for free of charge, including gorgeous free PowerPoint templates.

To help you save some money, we scoured the web and handpicked a collection of the best free PowerPoint templates with modern and professional designs that you can use to make various types of presentations. Good luck with your presentation!

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If you’re looking for high-end results and you want your presentation to stand out, it’s a good idea to choose from one of the many affordable premium PowerPoint templates available through Envato Elements. Here are a few of our favorites!

Premium PowerPoint templates, and many other design elements to accompany your presentation, are available for a monthly subscription. It starts at $17 per month and gives you unlimited access to a massive and growing library of over a million items that can be downloaded as often as you need (stock photos, icons, and graphics too)!

Just looking for a stylish free PowerPoint template? No problem. Let’s dive into our collection of the best free PowerPoint templates!

Happy Holi – Creative Free Powerpoint Template

Happy Holi - Creative Free Powerpoint Template

Happy Holi is a beautiful and creative PowerPoint template that comes with a colorful set of slides. Despite being named after a festival, the slides in the template feature a multipurpose design you can use to craft business, creative, and many other professional presentations.

Wagner – Free Multipurpose PowerPoint Template

Wagner - Free Multipurpose PowerPoint Template

Wagner is a multipurpose PowerPoint template that comes with a modern and stylish design that allows you to design all kinds of presentations. Each slide in the template is fully customizable and features editable vector shapes and elements as well.

SEO Proposal – Free PowerPoint Template

SEO Proposal - Free Powerpoint Template

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Why Don’t We Just Use Material Design?

I work out of a small office in a co-working environment. Next to my dedicated space is a hot-desking area used primarily for video conferencing. Thanks to a bank of west-facing windows, an overenthusiastic heating policy, and unseasonably hot weather, meetings are often conducted with the doors open, and it’s then that I overhear some of the most engrossing insights into the minds of both clients and designers, that I’ve ever encountered.

Last week, as I munched on my lunch, I was eavesdropping on a meeting to determine the design direction of a fairly well known site (that will remain anonymous). The owner was connected from Australia, there were high-up members of the team connected from the US, and the UAE, and the design/dev team was about 10ft from me.

The conversation was increasingly heated, and centered around the fact that one of the design team had been removed from the project: such-and-such was a great person, and really dedicated, but her design style was all wrong; things had gone off the rails since such-and-such left; such-and-such did beautiful work, but it didn’t test well with users; and so forth.

Material Design…is seen as the standard to aspire to

The management team were clearly desperate to uncover a new design direction in which to take the service, and the design team were clearly desperate to accommodate them. After several hours of back and forth based on little (as far as I could hear) but subjective opinions, someone uttered a phrase that almost made me crash the meeting with subjectives of my own:

“Why don’t we just use Material Design?”

I’m not sure who said it, but it sounded like it was in the room. What followed was a cacophony of praise for Google’s design system: The designers admired it, the one developer I could identify loved it, the owner hadn’t heard of it but loved Google’s business model, the UX Lead—who until this point, I hadn’t heard contribute anything, said it was the “ultimate refinement of human-centered design”.

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20+ Best Vintage Fonts

Vintage fonts add a certain timeless look to a design that can’t be achieved with any other font. It’s one of the reasons popular brands such as Harley Davidson and Dollar Shave Club still use vintage fonts in their branding designs.

In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best vintage fonts you can use to add that same classic elegant look to your own designs. These fonts are particularly suitable for various luxury branding designs, product labels, packaging, logo designs, and much more.

This is a mixed fonts collection of both minimal and decorative designs. Have a look and see if you can find a vintage font for your design project (and remember, you can download them all with an Envato Elements subscription!

Rumble Brave – Vintage Fonts

Rumble Brave Vintage Fonts

Rumble brave is an elegant vintage font with a touch of Victorian-era looks and style. Whether you’re working on a poster, badge, or logo design, this font is perfect for giving a unique look to your designs. The font comes in 3 different styles including serif, script, and dingbat as well as 7 different font weights.

The Huntsman – Script Vintage Typeface

The Huntsman Script Vintage Typeface

Just by looking at the mockup image you can see that this font is a great choice for designing vintage-themed badges and labels. This is a collection of 4 fonts that comes with script rounded regular, medium, bold, and sans bold typefaces. It also includes lots of alternates and swashes.

Almeda – Modern Vintage Font

Almeda - Modern Vintage Font

If you’re working on a logo or badge design for a luxury or a fashion brand, this font will help you create a design that stands out from the crowd. It features both uppercase and lowercase letters and it includes multilingual support as well.

Gibsons Vintage Font Collection

Gibsons Vintage Font Collection

Gibsons is a collection of vintage fonts featuring a tall and narrow design. The bundle includes a total of 20 different typefaces in 4 different styles and various font weights and texture styles. This font is suitable for all kinds of branding and professional designs.

The

An External SSD Can Help Speed Up Your Old iMac

Is your iMac a bit slow now? If your iMac is an old version, chances are, it’s a bit slow now. Do you want to speed it up? Surely, you do. Well, that is a good option. You can always speed it up with an external SSD like the Samsung T5.

If your other option is to buy a new iMac, hold on a for a minute and read on.

This may surprise you, but even in 2019, some iMacs come with a 5,400 RPM spinning hard drive installed.

Hard drives that run at 5,400 RPM or 7,200 RPM are noticeably slower than modern solid state drives. A solid state drive is also slightly faster than Apple’s Fusion drives, which are a combination of flash storage and a traditional spinning hard drive.

(Via: https://fstoppers.com/hacks/speed-your-older-imac-booting-external-solid-state-drive-356892)

Even if you do end up buying a new iMac, you might have to speed it up eventually. However, you can add on an upgrade on your purchase but that is going to cost you more.

If you don’t upgrade to an SSD when you order your iMac, the only way to upgrade to a solid state drive afterward is to remove the iMac screen. Removing the iMac display screen is the only way to gain access to the inner components of the computer. A more cost effective and less intrusive method is to use an external solid state drive instead, like the Samsung T5.

(Via: https://fstoppers.com/hacks/speed-your-older-imac-booting-external-solid-state-drive-356892)

So why not settle with what you have at the moment? The option of buying a new iMac is really going to cost you more, with or without the upgrade. Without the upgrade, you might even end up damaging your new iMac should you decide to upgrade to a solid state drive yourself.

A more cost-effective option is to just speed up your old iMac with the Samsung T5.

Booting from a solid state drive like the Samsung T5 should give you a boost in performance, especially if you are running an older iMac with a 5,400

Clever code

This week, Chris Ferdinandi examined a clever JavaScript snippet, one that’s written creatively with new syntax features, but is perhaps less readable and performant. It’s a quick read, but his callout of our industry’s fixation on cleverness is worth… calling out:

…we’ve become obsessed as an industry with brevity and clever code, and it results in code that’s sometimes less performant, and typically harder to read and make sense of for most people.

He made a similar argument late last month when he wrote about code readability, noting that brevity might look cool but ultimately leads to all sorts of issues in a codebase:

Often, web developers are obsessed with brevity. There’s this thing were developers will try to write the same function in the fewest number of characters possible.

Personally, I think brevity is pointless. Readability is a lot more important.

I entirely agree with Chris on this point, however, I think there is one important distinction to make and that’s the difference between code that’s intended as a prototype and code that’s intended for production. As Jeremy Keith argued a short while ago:

What’s interesting is that—when it comes to prototyping—our usual front-end priorities can and should go out the window. The priority now is speed. If that means sacrificing semantics or performance, then so be it. If I’m building a prototype and I find myself thinking “now, what’s the right class name for this component?”, then I know I’m in the wrong mindset. That question might be valid for production code, but it’s a waste of time for prototypes.

I agree with Chris that we should be writing code that is easy to read when we’re in production. I also think experimenting with code in this way is a good thing when it comes to prototypes. We shouldn’t ever shy away from playing with code and pushing things a little bit – so long as we’re not doing that in a giant web app with a a team of other developers working alongside us.


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10 Video Marketing Trends for 2019

Almost every marketing prediction, resource or how-to guide for 2019 includes the same advice: video needs to be part of your strategy. But how should you get started? And what type of video marketing is most important, right now?

From super-short (micro) video clips, to live streaming on social media, to full-production ads and stories, we’re going to look at some of the top video marketing trends for the year and how you can incorporate them into your design and marketing plans.

Let’s dive in, and embrace video as the new marketing channel you need to get right!

1. Soundless Optimization

Captioning and on-screen instructions or information are vital to ensure that video content fully reaches the audience.

Social media has changed the game when it comes to video marketing. A significant number of users are watching without sound.

There are plenty of reasons for this from not wanting co-workers to hear what’s on the screen next to them to watching video in public places on phones to general annoyance at audio. But you need to create video for those who don’t want to listen.

Captioning and on-screen instructions or information are vital to ensure that video content fully reaches the audience. This can impact the way you record video for marketing and how you edit for playback.

The good news is that optimizing for soundless playback can actually help make video content accessible to more people. We’ve got a guide to accessibility for you here, and it includes some tools for captioning video.

2. 360-Degree Video

Depending on the kind of content you produce, 360-degree video might be your new marketing best friend.

For travel sites, real estate, retail and events there’s endless potential to being able to create video that shows an entire product or scene.

The big bonus to this video style is that is demands engagement. For most 360-degree video to really be seen, users have to click and move around with it. It creates a distinct user experience that can help connect people interacting …

Simple Ways to Customize WordPress Plugins

There are times when a WordPress plugin’s functionality gets you close to what you need – but not quite the whole way. In addition, there are also situations where you’ve committed to using a particular plugin and would like to build additional features around it.

These are prime examples of why you’d want to customize or extend an existing WordPress plugin. It’s one of the really cool aspects of how the CMS allows us to build highly-custom websites. We can take a plugin we’re already using on our site and integrate extra functionality or usability items that help us to do more.

And, while it may sound like something reserved for seasoned developers, extending a plugin doesn’t require a PhD. Depending on what you’re looking to achieve, a basic understanding of PHP, HTML and CSS may be all you need to add some powerful features.

Today, we’ll review the process of choosing a plugin worth extending and some basics regarding what you can achieve.

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Finding the Right Plugin

The first part of this process is also the most important: choosing a plugin. Sure, you can pick any one of the tens of thousands of available choices out there. And you may already have one in mind. But if you’re going to go to the trouble of adding extra capabilities, your ultimate pick is worth some serious consideration.

In many cases, a plugin you would consider customizing is playing a key role in what your website does. For example, an ecommerce plugin such as WooCommerce is going to be a major part of an online store. Just as an organization that holds a lot of events might heavily rely on a calendar plugin.

Regardless of what the plugin does, it’s vital to choose one that you can commit to for the long term. Therefore, you’ll want to look for software that:

  • Is being actively maintained by its author;
  • Has an adequate userbase, relevant to its niche;

WooCommerce in a Data-Driven World

(This is a sponsored post.)

WooCommerce recently made an entire overhaul of its highly visible dashboard screen in the WordPress admin available as a new plugin that can be downloaded free from the WordPress Plugin Directory. The new design is gorgeous, of course. I mean, anytime WooCommerce touches an admin screen, other plugin developers really pay attention because it influences they way many of them approach UI in WordPress.

But the real reason the new dashboard struck me is the sheer amount of data WooCommerce provides users. As someone who has worked on a fair share of WooCommerce (and non-WooCommerce) online stores, reporting is something that comes up quite frequently and it’s nice to know WooCommerce not only bakes it right into their product, but designs it so well that it’s easy to glean insights about sales, products and customers at a glance.

Here’s a clean shot of the new dashboard from the blog post announcing it.

If you’ve had to integrate custom reporting into an online store a la Google Analytics or some other tooling, you’ll know that it requires a fair amount of setup and know-how to make sure data is feeding into the right places, certain clicks or actions are getting tracked, and that the reports themselves are solid, including things like filtering by date and other variables. That’s a lot of work considering we can get that and more, directly from the makers of the e-commerce platform.

As Woo mentions in its post, the dashboard changes contained in the feature plugin are merely a preview of what’s to come and we have a lot of other fine features to look forward to, including new types of reports, activity feeds and more. There’s a lot of power and flexibility to be gained if setting up an online store is in your cards, then the fact that WooCommerce and these features are completely open source and free of charge in the WordPress ecosystem practically make it a no-brainer.

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