Using the Stylized Quadrants
This series is a collection of stylized quadrants springing from/associated with a center thought or topic.Whenever you have four topics to discuss, one of the frameworks in this series may be perfect for the job. There are three basic designs; so if you use several of these frameworks in your presentation, be sure to use variations within the same design group.
Some of the quadrants have side blocks, some have top and bottom blocks, and some have both. They can be used as heading fields, takeaways, or any number of descriptive uses. The arrow design is meant to be used as a flow to text or graphics.
Customizing the Quadrants
If you want to change the size/shape of the framework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you are using more than one framework in this series, import them both and size them at the same time. Then place each on their respective pages and begin customizations. They will be uniformly sized.
Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the framework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. If you use different colors for each of the fields, you can eliminate the line colors. If you use the same colors, you'll need to apply a line color so the fields become distinct.
Notice that the frameworks are colored with different shades of gray? This will give you a type of guide about how to color your frameworks. The darkest gray is for the side, top, and bottom headings/fields. The middle shade of gray is for the headings for each quadrant. The lightest gray is for the content for each quadrant. This is a good scheme to follow, but not mandatory. You can come up with your own color scheme, of course. Just be sure to stay consistent with color values if you use more than one of these frameworks in your presentation.
Do not apply 3D to these frameworks. Layering becomes difficult to manage. Whenever fields are right next to or overlap each other, layering issues occur.
Apply shadows only if you're using PowerPoint 2007 and can apply the drop shadow to the whole group. Otherwise, layering becomes an issue (similar to the issues that arise when 3D is applied).
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can be applied to add volume. A picture, graphic, or icon can be especially effective for the center circle, either imported into the circle or placed over the circle (as in the series example).
Download the animation example for an idea of how you might animate this framework. Sequential reveals as you are speaking are usually the best, although the way you deliver the information associated with the framework will dictate how you animate the graphic.