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Pro-Tip: Google Drawing Hints for Better Diagrams and Flows

David Sparks. UX Professional and Maker - Blog

My name is David, I'm a User Experience Architect from Memphis, TN. I'm a maker, lover of science, usability, color, equality, advertising, sketching, fixing things, basketball and ideas. How people use things is my passion, solving problems is what I do. 

Pro-Tip: Google Drawing Hints for Better Diagrams and Flows

David Sparks

One thing I do frequently as a User Experience Architect is make diagrams.

It's one of my favorite things to do actually. There's something about visualizing a process so  everyone can understand it, one simple step at a time, that's fun. And then adding a little pollish so they don't look so dry and cold.

If you haven't made these type of flow diagrams before, you may not know that each symbol has a specific use and meaning. It's hard to remember what all of them mean when you're working though.. 

When I create them in Axure I find myself looking them up on Google just to make sure I'm using everything correctly.

But Google Drawing knows what's up and makes things easy.

Pro-Tip:

Hover over the shape and viola.

You get a tooltip with the shape name which hints at how it should be used. 

Hover on the icon to see it's flowchart name in Google Drawing

I made a reference document if to make things a little easier if you want to see all the options at once.