Diagrams Mean Nothing
Most of technical blog articles have diagrams, charts, flowcharts etc. And again, in most cases these all don’t make any sense. I mean sense for readers. Such schemes and graphics notes are very helpful for writers to arrange their thoughts in a time of creating article.
For example this illustration: if you haven't read text, you’ll never understand what this all about. Actually this mess could be described just by one sentence: “The data of single stripe was damaged on several disks in the same time”.
Good words worth thousand rects
If you have enough of talent and time to write a simple and clear text, you won’t need a single piece of diagram then. If you don’t, try at least to use it better.
No one can neither read nor understand block diagrams. Every time someone uses it, he spends tons of words to make it clear. And at the end you don’t remember what was in the beginning. One can easily omit block diagrams by describing few critical points of the flow.
Use complex and abstract schemes when you 100% sure your readers know base and conventions. If so, then diagrams and charts become meaningful and you can use their strength at full capacity. Here we dive a bit in some of key points to improve your diagrams.
First is a second dimension
Maybe Feynman Diagrams are most extensive and dense in a sense of represented information and knowledge.
Actually these diagrams describe four dimensions. By the horizontal axis here’s time and all of our 3D world represented in vertical axis. And it remains true in reverse directions, so it can be read back in time too (and it does). Hence Feynman Diagrams reveal a huge amount of information in very elegant and ascetic manner. Each symbol, element and shape has its particular meaning.
And last but not least is using of text. Text appears as much as it needs to mark key points. No legend, no coordinates, no terms. This is a very first sign your diagram is on a way to be perfect.
Flowcharts use both directions as well. But in contrast with Feynman Diagrams Flowcharts, they use inconsistent way: in some part time is on horizontal axis, in some not.
Much easier to read outline itself instead of chart represented it. So don’t hesitate to just write down a list. The advantage of list is that it has one dimension hence it would be much clearer (if it’s not too long).
Second is a third dimension
A flat image has its own z-depth. It could be emulated by shadows, focus-depth, blur, color palette, etc.
Or using gradients. Here we have an impression of a 3D picture, but it does not have any additional value. It’s just decoration. And as it normally happens with decoration, the graph has lost a lot of its readability. Never place text on a gradient. Of course, if you want, it could be read easily.
Third dimension helps us to layer information. Color is most significant tool for this purpose. We can filter parts of diagram by its colors in few moments:
Note how fast you can find endings of each chain colored in yellow. This schema may be a bit overcolored and colors are too saturated. Anyway, color layering works well.
We’ll discuss coloring in more details in next articles. Here are just few points so far:
- Use colors in from palette
- Max 3-4 colors
- As more colors as less its saturation
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In general, you can use any icons to represent network equipment on a diagram. However, there are some icons, for instance, Cisco icons, shapes, stencils and symbols, that are recognizable worldwide. Using those icons you can create Cisco network topology diagrams in minutes and share them anywhere.
The icons depicting Cisco network equipment are recognized and generally applied as standard images for designing network diagrams. They are free to used , but can not be reworked. Cisco network diagrams are created to depict how signals processed on the network equipment and end-user computers and how data transfer through LAN or WLAN between nodes. The vector graphic library of ConceptDraw CISCO Network Diagrams solution includes about 90 icons of Cisco network equipment for designing computer network diagrams with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM.
Picture: Cisco Network Topology. Cisco icons, shapes, stencils and symbols
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This is a visual example of a computer network built using a mesh topology. This diagram presents the schematic structure of the full mesh network topology. A common mesh network topology means that each network device is connected with several points in the network, so if the one node of the network goes down, it does not cause an issue with an operability of the entire computer network. In a full mesh network topology, every computer or device in the network is interconnected with each of the other devices in the network.
Picture: Fully Connected Network Topology Diagram
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This sales process flowchart consists of a sequence of steps that represent a simple sale process. Each step is shown graphically by a rectangle representing processing steps or an activity, or a diamond representing a decision. These rectangles are linked by arrows, that indicate the direction of the sales workflow. ConceptDraw Sales Flowcharts solution delivers a the full set of classical flowchart notation symbols, along with sales-related icons and pictograms.
Picture: Sales Process Flowchart. Flowchart Examples
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Picture: Competitor Analysis
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Picture: Stakeholder Management System using Onion Diagram
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This local area network (LAN) diagram provides an easy way to see the way the devices in a local network are interacted. The diagram uses a library containing specific symbols to represent network equipment , media and the end-user devices such as computers (PC, mac, laptop) , network printer, hubs, server and finally a modem. There are two types of network topologies: physical and logical. The current diagram represents precisely a physical type of LAN topology because it refers to the physical layout of a local network equipment.
Picture: Local area network (LAN). Computer and Network Examples
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Entity Relationship Diagram describes data elements and their relationships within a database. There are a set of special symbols that depict each element of an entity relationship diagram. Entities - represents some stable components such as supplier, employee, invoice, client, etc. Relation symbols show how the entities interact. Attributes define characteristics of the relationships. Attributes can be one-to-one or many-to-many. Physical symbols is used in the physical models. They represent items such as fields, tables, types and keys. ERD physical symbols are the building material for the database. Notation lines are used to illustrate the relationships. The most common method is Crow’s Feet notation. You can use ConceptDraw Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution to represent a database using the Entity-Relationship model.
Picture: Entity Relationship Diagram Symbols
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Picture: Flow Chart Symbols