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LIBA 111: Contemporary Design Culture

Use this guide to explore research strategies and resources for LIBA 111: Contemporary Design Culture

Your IKEA and Themed Environment Presentation Guidelines

The presentation will consist of a 10-15 minute oral AND visual report describing in words AND images how the group’s chosen topic is related to its particular theme.

Students are free to present their analysis in any way they would like and are encouraged to be creative about this. There is no particular format required – except that both spoken words and visual images must be used. In the past, student groups have conducted mock game-shows, written and recited poetry, handed-out food samples and have even brought in actual products.

Presentation Tips

The following are presentation do's and don'ts from your instructors. 


  • Make sure group members are coordinated. Members should know who is speaking when and about what. 
  • Group members should not repeat things members of their own group have already said.
  • Make sure you explicitly state the relation of your topic to your theme. 
  • Make sure you are sticking only to your theme and topic. Do not cover information that is a part of someone else's topic.
  • Do not repeat information covered in the IKEA or Themed Environments lectures in class. 
  • Make sure you are using terminology correctly, especially periods, styles, themes, that we've covered. 
  • Pronunciation is important. If you are uncertain how to pronounce a name or style, research how to pronounce it correctly before your presentation. 
  • Do not say "ummmm" and "like" and don't be super casual in your presentation delivery. 
  • Make sure you are in the time limit of 10-15 minutes. It will affect your grade if your presentation is too short or too long. 
  • Cite quotes within the text of your slides and create a bibliography at the end of your presentation. 


  • Slides should look like a unified effort. It shouldn't look like separate group members created their own slides and you just threw them together. 
  • Visuals are an important part of your presentation. Be sure to include adequate visuals to support what you are saying and make sure that your slides do not appear messy or disorganized. 
  • Be sure your slides are readable. 
  • The slide template should relate to the topic or theme. 
  • Spell check your written content and make sure the grammar on your slides is correct.