Reaching Out

This term we have been lucky enough to have some guest speakers who are internationally recognized in their respective roles – positions that have a direct influence on aspirations of Oxford members. Garr Reynolds came to speak again on how to make presentations that followed clear design principles with a Zen aesthetic. Garr is a superb communicator and delivered a full multimedia tour of his principles to a packed Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre at the Law Faculty.

A podcast conversation was recorded prior to the event and that can be accessed here:

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/garr-reynolds-presentations-audio

Garr’s latest edition of Presentation Zen can be accessed here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Presentation-Zen-Simple-Design-Delivery/dp/0321811984/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1324639652&sr=8-5

The feedback from this event was exceptional with many commenting that their practice would be directly affected. Thank you Garr!

Lisa Sargood, Commissioning editor at BBC Vision, came to the termly Digital Media User Group to talk about the work that commissioning editors do at the BBC and how Academics can present proposals to large media institutions. Lisa’s slides and a recording are available on the DMUG site (email dmug@oucs.ox.ac.uk to gain membership if necessary). The questions were coming thick and fast afterwards – always a good sign and many stayed longafter the meeting to get some advice about personal projects.

It is really pleasing to see the DMUG provide such occasions that offer clear support to members as well as showcasing Oxford Work – see:

Shelley’s Ghost:

http://shelleysghost.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Treasures of the Bodleian

http://treasures.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

It’s a privilege to work in such a dynamic organization that has a profound impact on Oxford’s academic output.

Merry Christmas to you all

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