User documentation that includes different types of graphics is more effective and easier to perceive than monotonous text. A diagram is just one type of graphics that prevails mostly in technical documentation. When creating diagrams on a daily basis, you eventually learn to overcome such difficulties as: vague explanations, inaccurate SMEs’ drawings, abundance of details, or lack of information. As an Information Developer, you must know how to combine these diverse chunks to create consistent graphics in user documentation. In this article, I will discuss some tips on decrypting SME’s drawings to make the process of creating diagrams an interesting and creative experience.
As advertised, Piktochart is a really easy-to-use infographic maker.
The story goes: I, an Information Developer, was asked to prepare a Case Study, quickly and in the form of an infographic. Sounds typical. But the branding dictates colors, size, opacity, and styling. Sounds like complex editing. Cheerful me took the friendliest tool and now can share my personal lessons learned.
Creating a diagram may be a total curse or the most interesting and creative experience on the project. It all depends on information complexity, the time needed, and your drawing skills. In this article, I will explain the steps how to create a diagram from scratch.
When creating diagrams, keep in mind that they should be easy to scan, understand, and interpret. This post provides practical tips on how to make your diagrams informative, visually appealing, and easy to comprehend.
One of the things you need to give a thought to when preparing the docs is the user data that will show up on your screenshots and in your examples.
A very straightforward and down-to-earth example – the sign-up functionality for a website. Let’s take a very common case like signing up for Twitter.
A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a gorgeous example of graphics that advertises 10 medicines for each of the common seasonal ailments. I was so fascinated by the concept that I stood in front of it for several minutes. Because it is:
Clear. Concise. Cool.
Don’t you think? 🙂
(The text reads 10 best seasonal offers)
When reading, I’m always trying on ideas, researching how my work can benefit from literally anything. Designers are perceived as communication specialists. So are we, information developers. I stumbled upon Graphic Design for the 21st Century, and it inspired me to create these concept-cards, that will, maybe, resonate with you.