Remove Barriers Between Speaker and Audience (Lectern)

February 12, 2010

in Basics, Ideas, Tips

A typical mistake of many stage setups is that of hiding the speaker from the audience by adding (or not removing) obstacles between both. The most obvious obstacle on the podium is the lectern.

The TED team is famous for taking care of details that might seem minor but that have a huge impact in creating a positive atmosphere inside a conference room. During TED 2010 in Long Beach, California, the lectern is still there but it has made invisible by using a transparent material. The lectern still has a useful function, that of supporting computers or papers necessary to the speaker, but has disappeared as an obstacle in the line of vision that connects the attendees with the speaker.

Follow some photos from Jamie Oliver’s talk during TED 2010 (watch Jamie’s TED Prize wish presentation, it’s very good, inspiring and courageous too).

Remove Barriers Between Speaker and Audience (Lectern)

The lectern does not obsturct the visual of the audience

Remove Barriers Between Speaker and Audience (Lectern)

The speaker is visible behind the lectern

Remove Barriers Between Speaker and Audience (Lectern)

Remove Barriers Between Speaker and Audience (Lectern)

The effect is the same that Philippe Starck achieved when he designed the “ghost chairs” for Kartell (see photos).

Kartell Louis Ghost

Loui Ghost chair designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Kartell LaMarie

La Marie chair designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell

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