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15+ Top Presentation Design Trends to Create Uber-Cool PowerPoints in 2020


Every new year brings new design trends with it. And it's essential that you include those trends in your PowerPoint presentation design!

Top PowerPoint Presentation designs for 2020
You're about to see the best PowerPoint presentation designs for 2020. They'll help you use trendy design elements.

In this article, we're going to catch you up on the top PowerPoint presentation design trends this year. This article will get you excited to create a presentation design that's ready for 2020.

With the help of PowerPoint presentation designs from Envato Elements, you can create cool PowerPoint designs that are trendy. Plus, you'll see single templates from GraphicRiver with recent trends for PPT.

How to Create a PowerPoint Design With Trendy Elements for 2020

Trends come and go. Few of us are wearing bell-bottom jeans or wearing leg warmers! 

So, why is it helpful to create a trendy PowerPoint presentation design? Here are three reasons:

  1. Your audience expects it. Who wants to see an out of date presentation? Showing that you care about design trends will build credibility.
  2. You'll feel confident. When you know your presentation design is in fashion, you'll feel more confident as you speak to an audience.
  3. Your content is presented in the best format possible. Many of the design trends we'll share in this tutorial help address trends in how to show content. Audience expectations are continually shifting. These trends help you capture an audience.

Learn more about creating content for your graphic design presentation in our guide below:

Take advantage of trends to lock in your audience. We're going to show you templates and design trends that are sure to take center stage in 2020. Let's dive in!

The Best Source For On-Trend PowerPoint Presentation Designs in 2020

You don't have to be a graphic designer to create an on-trend presentation for 2020. With the help of pre-built templates, you can create the best PowerPoint designs without learning graphic design.

Don't think that the best presentations are out of your price range. With the help of Envato Elements, you can source great PowerPoint presentation trends that are built into templates! And best of all, you've got unlimited downloads.

Envato Elements PowerPoint designs
On Envato Elements, you can source the best PowerPoint presentation designs - all with unlimited downloads.

You'll unlock the best PowerPoint presentation designs. And you'll also have access to the entire Envato Elements library. That gives you access to extras like:

  • Custom fonts
  • Stock photos and graphics
  • Background music and sound effects

Want to see three PowerPoint templates that embody modern design trends? Here are some of the best designs included in the Envato Elements library:

1. The X Note PowerPoint Template

The X Note PowerPoint Design

The X Note has been around for some time but make no mistake. Its design elements are on-trend as one of the best presentation designs for 2020. With the best slide designs on 40+ unique layouts, you'll never run out of PowerPoint presentation design ideas.

2. Analysiz PowerPoint

Analysiz Presentation Design

Looking for one of the best graphic designs in a PowerPoint? Look no further than Analysiz. It's got all the modern design trends that a savvy audience will expect in 2020. Smooth gradients, image-heavy slides, and custom fonts are the perfect way to showcase your design focus.

3. STYLE - Multipurpose PowerPoint Template

Style best Presentation design

Minimalism has never been more popular. And the best way to capture a graphic design presentation with minimalist elements is to use a template like STYLE. This is an image-focused, simplistic slide design set that's waiting for your content.

If you're only looking for a single template, don't miss out on the GraphicRiver library of PowerPoint presentation designs. It also has the top cool PowerPoint designs you need to make a trendy presentation. But you can buy single designs.

15+ Top Presentation Design Trends for 2020

When you're ready to build a presentation in 2020, it helps to know the trends that are shaping the world of presentations. 

In this section, we'll cover 15 of the top trends that are going to dominate cool PowerPoint designs in 2020. I'm going to share a combination of slide designs from the templates featured above - The X Note and Analysiz

The X Note
The X Note continues to be updated, cementing its standing as one of the best PowerPoint designs for top professionals.

Together, these two templates capture all the modern design trends. There's a template for every occasion. But each takes a different approach for PowerPoint presentation designs.

Analysiz best PowerPoint design
Analysiz is a different take on the top presentation design elements for 2020. 

Let's look at the top graphic design trends for presentation designs in 2020. These 15 ideas will help you create your best presentation!

1. Infographics Become the Norm

Combining information and graphics is the best way to spice up a flat slide. It's a significant presentation design trend that'll continue in 2020.

Iceberg infographic best presentation design
Imagine the uses for an illustration like this as an infographic to explain business concepts.

Audiences want to see information presented in new and fresh ways. Gone are the days of slides filled with text that an audience is expected to read through. You've to use infographic that combines the two.

2. More Images, Less Text

If you plotted "attention spans" on a chart, you'd see that the trend is downward! That's why it helps to adapt your content to reality by using less text.

Image centric presentation design
Presentation designs with more images like the four placeholders on this slide are perfect for 2020.

If there's one point I coach presenters on, it's this: delete half the content on your slides before you present. Chances are, much of your text should be converted to speaking points instead of written out. Images are a great bridge to more visual slides.

Learn more pro PowerPoint design tips to reduce the text in our article below:

3. Heavy Use of Charts and Graphs

Not every set of data lends itself to an infographic. Sometimes, you'll need to show your data in illustrative charts and graphs. That helps you show trends over time that support your speaking points.

Charts in recent trends PPT
A chart is a great way to convert flat text into numbers-centric visuals, and you'll see more of them in 2020.

Above all, you'll want to avoid flat data in tables or lists. A chart or graph helps you translate that boring and hard-to-read data into a more intuitive format.

4. Custom Image Masks Reshape Slides

One of the things that you'll see in many templates that capture modern PowerPoint designs is custom image masks. Instead of adding your images in a simple shape, custom image masks will transform them into entirely new shapes.

Custom image masks
Even simple transformations like this trendy split image is a great way to spice up a slide.

Who says that images have to be simple rectangles? With the help of custom image masks, you can capitalize on a growing design trend. They're included in many templates on Envato Elements, like the one you saw above.

5. Completely Custom Fonts

Gone are the days that presenters are locked into Arial, Times New Roman, and Calibri. In 2020, expect to see more custom fonts dominate modern slides in 2020. They set your presentation apart visually from the crowd.

Envato Elements custom fonts
Source custom fonts from Envato Elements to bring a custom style to your presentation in 2020.

One advantage of an Envato Elements subscription is the considerable custom font library. These give you so much more freedom as you design your slides. It's included in the same flat-rate subscription that unlocks the best PowerPoint presentation designs.

6. Great Gradients

Gradients are the smooth color transitions you're sure to see more of in 2020. Many of the top templates on Elements include this trendy graphic design element.

Gradients in an image
Gradients are a smooth transition between two colors. Expect to see plenty of them in 2020.

You can use a gradient in many situations. Try faded gradients out for smooth, easy-to-read backgrounds. Just keep proper contrast between the content and background elements. 

7. Shorter Presentations

Several of the PowerPoint design tips in this article help to capitalize on a macro trend: shorter attention spans! Meeting your audience where they're at by accommodating this trend is essential.

Slide sorter view
Here's a new age PowerPoint design tip: use the View > Slide Sorter menu and delete a few slides to sharpen focus.

That's why shorter presentations will continue to grow in popularity in 2020. As you prepare to present, review every piece of content in your presentation so that you don't include anything that adds to the message unnecessarily.

8. Minimalism Becomes the Norm

The trend of minimalism in PowerPoint designs has been on the rise in recent years. 2020 won't see its end. Minimalist slides eschew wordy and complicated slides for simpler alternatives.

Minimalism is yet another way to help your audience focus on the content that matters most. Less is more. With fewer slide objects, your audience's eyes will naturally follow your crucial point.

Minimalist PowerPoint Design
Fewer elements, more impact. Minimalism is here to stay.

Check out our outstanding guide to creating a minimal PowerPoint design below. It includes templates you can use for minimalist graphic design: 

9. Presentations That Engage the Audience

Paradigms are continually shifting. One that you'll see more of in 2020 is presentations that engage the audience directly. Traditional formats where lecturers speak to an audience for an hour or more are in decline.

So, what do you do? The answer is you flip the format of the presentation. Engage them with questions, ask for their opinion, and start a dialogue.

To learn how to create a slide that starts a conversation with the audience, don't miss out on our tutorial below:

10. Heavy Use of Trendy Colors

No organization knows more about color than Pantone. Every year, they act as the voice of design trends by naming a color of the year.

Instantly, you'll start seeing this color pop up. Pantone not only reports trends, but they also play a role in shaping those trends.

Pantone 2020 color of the year
Pantone's color of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue. You're sure to see it everywhere this year.

Some colors are timeless, and I think that there's a time and place for all of them. But it doesn't hurt to look at current presentation design trends and use them as you see fit. See more popular color schemes in the guide below:

11. Presentations That Stand Alone

Giving a spoken presentation isn't the only outlet for your finished PowerPoint. Sometimes, a presentation can stand on its own.

PowerPoint is straightforward to use. That makes it a natural app to open when you've got practically any printed document that you want to design. Learn how to share online below:

12. Bring the Digital World to Life

What's better than screenshots of your new app or website? Seeing those screenshots brought to life with a device mockup.

Analysiz Device Mockup
Use a device mockup for cool PowerPoint designs that show your screenshot in the real world.

Every one of the best PowerPoint presentation designs in 2020 seems to contain a device mockup. Instead of showing simple, flat screenshots, display them in a device mockup.

13. Icons Speak Louder Than Words

Want to cut down on the number of words that you use? Convert ideas to icons.

Many of the best graphic design presentation templates include icon sets. Instead of loading slides up with text, drop in a few icons to summarize your ideas.

Icons for Graphic Design Presentation
Use icons for graphic design presentation templates to simplify your slides.

In 2020, you'll continue to see simplified slides. One of our best PowerPoint design tips is to use elements like icons to simplify a slide.

14. Just Enough Animation to Engage

Animations have always been a controversial topic when it comes to presentation design. Many decry the use of animation because they can serve as distractions to the overall PowerPoint design.

But I'm starting to see those trends reverse as presenters understand that an animation is a presentation tool. If you use it tastefully, you can reveal content tactfully in a way that impacts the audience.

Animations added to slide
Use the Animations tab on PowerPoint's ribbon to add selective animation and create punchy slides.

To learn more about creating animations in PowerPoint, use the tutorial below:

15. Pro Presenters Embrace Templates

This trend is well underway but expect it to keep growing in 2020. More than ever, busy presenters need advantages to produce presentations quickly. That's why they continue migrating to using pre-built templates like the ones featured in these PowerPoint design tips.

Many freelancers have acknowledged that they can't "do it all." Instead, they focus on the specific skills and jobs where they create the most value. They hand off everything else—like presentation design—to pros by using templates.

See top templates in our articles below:

Remember, the PowerPoint template designs that we featured in this tutorial are all available on Envato Elements. PowerPoint presentation trends are evolving, but your access to tens of thousands of graphic design presentation templates never changes.

Use an On-Trend PowerPoint Presentation Design Today

There's nothing wrong with riding the wave of a trend! In this article, you saw templates and the best PowerPoint design tips that help you ensure that your presentation fits the modern design landscape.

Always remember that you can bypass hours of design work when you use templates. The top PowerPoint presentation designs with unlimited downloads are on Elements. You could also grab one of the best PowerPoint designs from GraphicRiver.

We at Envato Tuts+ think that 2020 is going to be full of great presentations! Follow these tips to create your next presentation.

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