For nearly all of my adult life, a large part of my job has involved communicating technical concepts. I like to imagine that I’ve developed a consistent voice, style, and visual language, and I’m also inclined to imagine that it has taken me a long time to get here. I recently needed to look over an old deck and was surprised to note that many elements of my current (and presumably at least somewhat refined) style were present in a talk I gave over a decade ago as a graduate student.
Here’s the old talk; for comparison, here’s a talk I gave this January. While I’m still improving at giving talks and designing visual explanations, I guess things haven’t changed as radically as I might have assumed.