Bubble Diagrams

Bubble Diagrams (Bubble Charts, Spray Diagrams) are an variation of Scatter Plots and are used to visualize the data set, ideas and concepts presenting them as bubbles and organizing in a hierarchy below the central idea (often with one level below it). Each bubble on the Bubble Map is characterized by coordinates, color, and size. To show the standing of ideas bubbles of different sizes, colors, and even different color intensity are used to visually set them apart. One can vary the color palette and/or size for whole levels or for a few specific bubbles.

To compare two or more ideas and to show the common and different sub-ideas, one can construct two or more separate bubble diagrams with separated central ideas, and then link their properties and objects to see what they have in common or what makes them unique.

Bubble diagrams have enjoyed great success in software engineering, architecture, economics, medicine, landscape design, scientific and educational process, for ideas organization during brainstorming, for making business illustrations, presentations, planning, design, and strategy development. They are popular because of their simplicity and their powerful visual communication attributes.

The Bubble Diagrams Solution makes ConceptDraw PRO software a powerful bubble map maker (bubble chart maker) and contains a set of ready templates and illustrative samples, and a library with many predesigned bubble chart design elements for designing Bubble Diagrams and Spray Diagrams.

There is 1 library containing 27 vector shapes in the Bubble Diagrams solution.

Design Elements — Bubble Diagrams

Design Elements — Bubble Diagrams


The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using templates provided with the “Bubble Diagrams” solution. These documents demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities, and the results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying or converting to a variety of formats (Bitmap Image, PDF, PowerPoint Presentation or MS Visio) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The “Bubble Diagrams” solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO v10 users

Example 1: Bubble Diagram — Employee Needs

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Bubble Diagrams library from the Bubble Diagram solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram demonstrates a potential structure of employee needs, and shows the importance of those needs by using variable bubble sizing and color. As the distance to the main idea increases, color intensity and size of the bubble are reduced.

Bubble Diagram — Employee Needs

Example 2: Bubble Diagram — Employer Objectives

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Bubble Diagrams library from the Bubble Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

ConceptDraw connectors help you quickly create bubble charts, like this one showing a structured view of employer objectives. It’s useful and informative to visualize the levels using different colors, presenting data in a way that's easily understood.

Bubble Diagram — Employer Objectives

Example 3: Bubble Diagram — Employment Policy Direction

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Bubble Diagrams library from the Bubble Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This diagram shows the main components of an enterprise’s employment policy. These components are organized in a wheel around the central idea. The value of each component is represented by the size of the bubble.

Bubble Diagram — Employment Policy Direction

Example 4: Bubble Diagram — McKinsey 7S Framework

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Bubble Diagrams library from the Bubble Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

A bubble diagram that visualizes the popular management model McKinsey 7S framework. This sample can be used and changed to reflect business strategy based on the 7S elements.

Bubble Diagram — McKinsey 7S Framework

Example 5: Bubble Diagram — Page Rank

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Bubble Diagrams library from the Bubble Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows the Page Rank algorithm that characterizes the importance of websites. The bubble chart is a convenient tool to use in conjunction with Page Rank. One can visually compare anything based on various criteria by ordering bubbles by color, size, and proximity to the main idea.

Bubble Diagram — Page Rank



Creating Bubble Diagrams


Bubble Diagrams Solution for Mac OS X

Bubble Diagrams Solution for Windows

What I Need to Get Started

Install ConceptDraw PRO v10, then go to What is a Diagram area of ConceptDraw Solution Park and purchase the “Bubble Diagrams” solution from our online store. You may use “Bubble Diagrams” solution now.

Bubble Diagrams solution - Buy

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw Solution Browser and ConceptDraw PRO. Next, install the “Bubble Diagrams” solution using ConceptDraw Solution Browser.

Bubble Diagrams solution - Install

Start using

Bubble Diagrams solution - Start Using

Bubble and Circle-Spoke Diagrams

Throughout all stages of product or process design, in all forms of industry, a variety of diagrams are employed in order to model processes, explore improvements and solutions, and test design limits and parameters. From these, there are a particular set of diagrams used most commonly in the early, conceptual stages of design, that all follow a similar visual arrangement — that is, a central topic radiating lines that connect to several relevant sub-topics. Each topic is represented by a shape, and the connecting lines show the relationships between them.

Some of these types of diagram, such as brainstorm diagrams, concept maps, or mind maps, can be used a collaborative tool, where people share information and ideas and commit them to page as soon as they come to mind. The upshot of this method of diagramming is that you are left with a free-form map, full of relevant data but with little in the way of structure. Bubble and circle-spoke diagrams share the brainstorm aesthetic and are similar in creation, but differ in that they offer the designer a chance to show a certain level of hierarchy within a process.

Bubble diagrams

Bubble diagrams have a number of design features that set them apart slightly from diagrams mentioned previously. As the name suggests, each topic is framed on the page by a 'bubble' shape — the size of which is determined by the importance of the subject. Unlike a concept map, a bubble diagram can contain two or more central topics; position of the topic on the page initially isn't as relevant as the size of the bubble, and what other bubbles it links to.

A bubble diagram designed using ConceptDraw PRO, that can be used for HR

Both physical structure and abstract theory can be modeled using a bubble diagram. They are widely used throughout landscaping and architecture to give a basic visual representation of space required for functions throughout a building or developed area. For instance, an architect tasked with constructing a museum would show 'Exhibits' as their biggest bubble. A smaller bubble would be 'Toilets', which would need to be connected strategically to the exhibits and the gift shop.
Conceptually, bubble diagrams offer the chance to place greater importance on certain topics or processes, using multiple central topics to represent sales, marketing, and production divisions within one company for example.

In both instance, bubble diagrams offer a 'quick-sketch' way of structuring concepts, whereby a designer can work fluidly, moving and reshaping topics as their relevance and relationship with other ideas becomes apparent. For the architect mentioned above, their diagram will eventually take the shape of a floor plan, showing the flow between bubbles/rooms. In other types of business, bubble diagrams can show where separate team strategies have a shared influence, using a more free-flowing logic to describe relationships.

Circle-spoke diagrams

A circle-spoke diagram can be looked at as a simpler, less detailed variant of the bubble diagram. It again deals with a central topic or concept, however only factors directly associated with it are listed — the topics place in a wider process is ignored at this point. Relevant factors are arranged around the centre in a wheel pattern, joined to the main topic by 'spokes'. The circles that contain each topic are of equal size, to denote their equal standing in regards to their influence.

Exploring all possibilities of healthy living, using a circle-spoke diagram created with ConceptDraw PRO

Sometimes called circular hub diagrams, they are used in business to determine a finite number of possible factors that affect a central theme — a marketing team might use one to list areas of product promotion; TV, social media, magazines and so on. A key design feature is that no judgement is made as to the strength of a particular factor, that the spokes are set out at equal distance. A good example for clarity would be a diagram with a schoolteacher as the central circle subject, and each of their pupils is represented by a spoke.

From concept to ConceptDraw

Since creating their powerful diagramming software, ConceptDraw PRO, CS Odessa have remained committed to extending its usability and functionality with a series of solutions designed for workers and students from many diverse fields of industry. The tools provided in Solution Park help everyone from software engineers to sales analysts; school teachers to scientists. ConceptDraw PRO can be used across a business, to detail software systems, describe telecommunications, create business results dashboards, or depict management and sales processes.

With the Bubble Diagrams and Circle-Spoke Diagrams solutions for ConceptDraw PRO, you are given all the design elements needed to create bright, engaging diagrams that can be used effectively as learning materials, as part of a presentation, or simply as a method of visual thinking. Each solution comes complete with a library containing all the design elements needed to create a diagram of each type, and each solution page offers a series of samples to show the capabilities of the software. As always with ConceptDraw solutions, there is a wealth of learning material (FAQs and videos) to help any novice designer.

Used in conjunction with other solutions from CS Odessa, you can start to add bubble or circle-spoke diagrams to infographics, PowerPoint presentations, or as part of an educational resource. This unique cross functionality, both in terms of solutions and file export options, is what makes ConceptDraw PRO such a versatile diagramming tool — workers from all vocations can find a solution that will make their life easier.