I’m a graphic designer wannabe who slaves over a hot keyboard deep within the bowels of a cubicle farm and I have a collection, too. Themes. Templates. The more the merrier. Without doing a scientific survey, or even a survey at all, I’m rather certain I have collected every Keynote theme available, every Pages template with a price tag, and probably more Numbers spreadsheets than anyone in the greater Chicagoland area should own without a license.
The latest package to grace my Mac is cleverly entitled Themes for Keynote. You know what that means, right? More themes. 120 themes for about 20-cents each.
What good are pre-designed themes to a graphic designer wannabe? Cheap inspiration. Oh, and they save the boss lots of money. Time is money and it takes time to design a Keynote theme or Pages template from scratch, so having a pre-designed theme that’s easily customized saves time, which saves money, which makes the boss happy.
120 Keynote themes. Is that a lot? My best friend says you can never have too many fonts. So, ipso facto ergo, you can never have too many themes and templates.
In this particular Themes for Keynote package, there are 20 different master slides in five different resolutions (to match most Mac screens, and suitable for export). What a pre-designed theme does is make it easy for product managers, executives, and cubicle farm dwellers to focus on the content rather than worrying about the theme design. With 120 to choose from, there’s bound to be one that fits your presentation.
The same company specializes in themes and templates for Keynote, Pages, and Numbers and bundles them for greater value so I recommend buying the set over the suites. Over 3,000 themes and templates gets the price down to less than 2-cents, which is a bargain for everything except dirt, so it’s not quite dirt cheap.
That makes it a good way to start your own collection and save money for the boss at the same time.