How I make presentations
I dislike Powerpoint and I can’t get on with Visio. Here’s how I make my presentations.
I like Markdown, so I use Marp to make my slides. To use it, write some Markdown as normal, and add the following Frontmatter:
I prefer the “Gaia” theme over the default. You can tweak the styles in Markdown, or make your own theme from scratch. See the Marp docs for details.
To preview the Markdown in Visual Studio Code, you can add the
marp-team.marp-vscode extension, then use the “Preview Markdown” command. To switch between slides and not-slides, change the
marp: true line in the Frontmatter.
To convert your markdown to HTML, you’ll need to install the Marp CLI. If you’re using Homebrew, that’s
For architecture diagrams, D2 does a reasonable job. The CLI can be installed with
install d2, and the VS Code extension ID is
To embed your diagram in your slides, you’ll need to convert the
.d2 file to a
.svg file with the following:
d2 architecture.d2 architecture.svg
Then you can embed the image in your slide deck. Use Marp’s
bg directive to tweak the size and location:
For sequence diagrams, I like Mermaid. It can also do some of the things that D2 can do, so feel free to mix and match them.
Assuming you’ve got NodeJS and NPM, you can install it like this:
npm install -g @mermaid-js/mermaid-cli
To convert your
.mmd file to a
mmdc -i sequence.mmd -o sequence.svg
Then embed it in your slide deck, as above:
The Makefile I use for all of this is in this gist.