Present more Effectively. For Science.

by Kieran Healy on April 19, 2011

We've both said a lot of things you're going to regret.

Because of the day that’s in it, here’s a simple Aperture Science Keynote Theme. The theme requires you have Univers installed. For maximum effectiveness, the use of this theme is best accompanied by a well-prepared text, a clear speaking voice, and—for fielding questions—a functional Aperture Science military android. I’ll probably use the theme in class tomorrow (though the turret is still being shipped to me). Here are some samples:

Title Slides Convey Useful Information

Title Slides Should Credit Your Supervisor.

Use images convey pertinent information

Use images to convey pertinent information.

Cake will be served after the Q&A

Cake will be served after the Q&A.

To use the theme, download the zip file and unzip it into ~/Library/Application Support/iWork/Keynote/Themes/. If you do not have the Univers typeface installed you will likely get errors about missing resources, but falling back on Helvetica will work OK, too.



EWI 04.19.11 at 11:50 pm

Brilliant. I downloaded the original Portal last year just because it was initially free when Steam came out for Mac.

I rather unexpectedly got hooked on playing through it one Sunday… (I guess that all those lectures on mechanics came in useful, after all!)


Substance McGravitas 04.19.11 at 11:56 pm

404 on the first link.


tomslee 04.20.11 at 1:20 am


Kieran Healy 04.20.11 at 2:04 am



yeliabmit 04.20.11 at 3:35 am

“We’re between banks, so just make those cheques out to cash.”

Cave Johnson: America’s most honest CEO.


Lukas 04.20.11 at 6:56 am


Document Warnings
Some problems occurred:
Missing File: portal-cake.jpg


Jon H 04.20.11 at 5:51 pm

I’m only getting the first slide. Is that right? Lots of images failed to load.


nick s 04.20.11 at 6:01 pm

I’m going to be very careful about spoilers here, but typography nerds will very much love the later sections of Portal 2. (Which is brilliant, btw.)


mds 04.20.11 at 6:51 pm

Cake will be served after the Q&A.



befuddled_mac_user 04.21.11 at 12:46 am

Likes 7 & 6, I’m only getting the first slide and slew of warnings about missing resources. I think it needs to be re-packaged or -exported or something along those lines. Please take the time to do so if you may – clearly a bunch of us want to take a look at your work.


Kieran 04.21.11 at 5:52 pm

Hmm. I’ve uploaded a new version that should solve these issues, but haven’t had a chance to test it yet. Let me know. In the meantime the defective employee has been awarded a demerit and deadly neurotoxin.


Kieran 04.21.11 at 5:56 pm

Put it in ~/Library/Application\ Support/iWork/Keynote/Themes/, by the way.

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