This grid style has a name!
The tile-based layout made popular by Apple for their summary slides is known as Bento Layouts. These grids are great for summarising product features or key takeaways in a visual and easy-to-consume way.
Even Google was spotted using them in the presentation that we’re unpacking later in this newsletter 👇👇👇
So how can you build something similar in PowerPoint?
When creating a Bento Layout, I like to keep things simple and follow these 3 steps:
- Find layout inspiration and create the main structure from shapes to match the chosen template
- Build each tile element which includes the shape colour, text and images or icons
- Edit and rework the tiles to fit the layout
- I’m no graphic designer, so I rarely start from a blank slide. I found this awesome site that has a collection of bento layouts that you can
stealget inspired by
- Take a screenshot of the layout you like and place it on your slide
- Create shapes over the screenshot to match the arrangement and fit the template
- Chose a colour for the tile background (in Apple’s example above, they use a grey tile on their white slide template). You can go wild here and even add accent colours for some of the tiles to stand out
- Set the text box size for the main callouts, by either adding an individual text box over each tile or by typing directly into the shape
- Chose images or icons for each tile and begin populating your content
- Group elements per tile and align to both the centre and/or middle of the tile. Your original template layout is a great guide for you on what can work
- Make sure your spacing between tiles is consistent
- It’s usually at this point that you abandon the template and may need to reorder or rearrange the shape layout to match your content
- Play around with different size combinations on the grid until you find something that works. It’s this iterative step that creates something unique
That’s it! You now have a pretty slick slide to show off at your next big meeting.
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