Timing 020, 022, 024
Here's a way to how quarterly events. These calendars are completely vector – no text. This means that you can resize them and the date numbers and the days of week will resize proportionately because they are not text. This series contains both 2012 and 2013 quarters. Going forward, each year will have its own series.
Add your own text explaining the events as overlays.
Customizing the quarterly calendars
Group and rescale (hold shift key down as you resize). Rescaling will keep the text from skewing.
Color variationsAll elements of these calendars can be colored (see the series example). Color is a great highlighting device to use with these calendars. You can also recolor the calendars to reflect your company's color scheme. The dates and days of the weeks are fill only (no line color). The date squares can received both line and fill colors.
PowerPoint 2007 options
The drop shadows are nice if you group the calendar first. You want to apply a drop shadow to the whole calendar, not to the individual pieces of the calendar. See the series example.
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Use PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 shadows only.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients can be used if they are very subtle
You can animate as simple reveals. For example, reveal quarters as you present them or the activities as you explain them. To animate the activities, consider using the "change fill color" animation option. Then you can add your text describing the activity and animate that as a fade in or appear.