# Design and implementation of an elegant Tufte-inspired two column presentation template?

I am interested in finding or creating a beamer template with the following characteristics:

1. left: a square (ish) figure, about 2/3 of the width
2. right: two or three statements, zero to four small figures, per slide on the right

I would like for the template to:

• simplify the process of creating a presentation
• be effective at conveying information

How can I accomplish these goals?

(I am interested in Sweave (or org-mode) integration, but I do not want that to distract the answers since I can implement this)

## Examples

Something with a tufte-notes style, as found in "An Example of the Usage of the Tufte-Handout Style", and seen below, would be very nice, but it is not clear how I can most effectively translate this style to beamer.

I am not a designer, but here is a mock-up (images from NASA)

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Welcome to TeX.SX. Your interest won't remain personal if you can describe your goal a little more clearly. A picture is n-thousand words on this Q&A site. Try and see our wizards in action! –  percusse Feb 14 '12 at 0:37
Regarding the template layout, it seems that columns environment of beamer fits the bill. However, modifying the notes is a non-trivial task. –  percusse Feb 14 '12 at 0:40
Wouldn't a simple minipage environment work: \begin{minipage}{0.66\linewidth} <left content> \end{minipage}\hfill\begin{minipage}{0.33\linewidth) <right content> \end{minipage}? –  Peter Grill Feb 14 '12 at 1:34
@PeterGrill I am interested in suggestions beyond how to divide each slide into columns, which is relatively trivial, although now I interested in looking into minipage. –  Abe Feb 14 '12 at 1:39

You mention org-mode, so I'll comment on that. I gave my dissertation defense with a beamer presentation created with org-mode. I had many cases where I had a picture on one side and then bulleted points on the other - it should be easy to have images instead of the bullets. Below is an example, but if you want to look at the entire presentation, I've placed it here: http://ucolick.org/~cmalone/nolink/defense/

Here is an example

with the accompanying org-mode code:

** What is an XRB?: Lightcurve
:PROPERTIES:
:BEAMER_col: 0.7
:END:
#+ATTR_LATEX: width=\textwidth
./quick3.png
#+BEGIN_LATEX
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node [yellow,xshift=10pt,yshift=20pt] at (current page.south west) {0};
\node [yellow,xshift=120pt,yshift=20pt] at (current page.south west) {$t$ (s)};
\node [yellow,xshift=225pt,yshift=20pt] at (current page.south west) {32};
\node [yellow,xshift=200pt,yshift=100pt,rotate=90] (L) at (current page.south west) {Luminosity};
\draw [color=yellow,line width=2pt,->] (L.east) -- ++(0pt,50pt);
\end{tikzpicture}

#+END_LATEX
:PROPERTIES:
:BEAMER_col: 0.4
:END:
- Buring mode sets $\tau_\text{dur.}$
- Inferred ignition column implies \alert{deflagration} $\rightarrow$ subsonic flow
\\
\tiny after \\ Strohmayer, T., et al., \textit{ApJL}, \textbf{469}, L9, (1996)


When exported to LaTeX (C-c C-e l), the relevant section in the resultant .tex file is:

\begin{frame}
\frametitle{What is an XRB?: Lightcurve}
\label{sec-1-3}
\begin{columns}
\begin{column}{0.7\textwidth}
%% 4U 1728-34
\label{sec-1-3-1}

\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{./quick3.png}
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node [yellow,xshift=10pt,yshift=20pt] at (current page.south west) {0};
\node [yellow,xshift=120pt,yshift=20pt] at (current page.south west) {$t$ (s)};
\node [yellow,xshift=225pt,yshift=20pt] at (current page.south west) {32};
\node [yellow,xshift=200pt,yshift=100pt,rotate=90] (L) at (current page.south west) {Luminosity};
\draw [color=yellow,line width=2pt,->] (L.east) -- ++(0pt,50pt);
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{column}
\begin{column}{0.4\textwidth}
\label{sec-1-3-2}

\begin{itemize}
\item Buring mode sets $\tau_\text{dur.}$
\item Inferred ignition column implies \alert{deflagration} $\rightarrow$ subsonic flow
\end{itemize}
\\
\tiny after \\ Strohmayer, T., et al., \textit{ApJL}, \textbf{469}, L9, (1996)