Tag Archives: visual communications

planning sketch

Planning process shown in several ways

planning sketch
We frequently provide several options to clients to fit their priorities and communication interests. As they say, there are many ways to skin a cat. Eww. I would never do that. Here are several alternative sketch approaches proposed to National Gypsum while preparing to explain how planning services would improve under a new SAP implementation. Annotations can be made in PPT for different groups and locations as the presenter manages the change. Read more
forest service shield

Domain migration planning

forest service shield
Many enterprises find their file servers and the means employees use to log into them evolving rapidly. This can leave a patchwork challenge of software resources on various network and authentication venues. Explaining this challenge is very difficult for technologists and nearly impossible for mere mortals to imagine. Take for example this recent project, in which multiple development streams needed to be brought together thoughtfully for the benefit of one future client access platform. Read more
How to visualize product lifecycle management

Product lifecycle management story

How to visualize product lifecycle management
If your work requires explaining complicated subjects to people that have to understand, then visuals are a great tool. As a goal this year, I'll post a new visual business story on a monthly basis. For those of you that follow my blog (hello out there?) there will be something to look forward to regularly! It is interesting to watch the evolution of a visual explanation from the initial conversations I had with clients through their final illustration. Rather than get hung up on the precise Read more
image of some problems like old hardware, and bottlenecks

Hey, is the internet slow today?

image of some problems like old hardware, and bottlenecks
When an IT department fields calls about internet problems there are often causes beyond their control. These include the use of older equipment/software, the online activities of colleagues, and automated updates being pushed over the network. We recently assisted our friends at the Forest Service in visually describing some typical challenges to networks. We discussed the misconception that IT departments have complete (magical?) control over network performance issues and how best to Read more
a sign that says text and typefaces

Improve document accessibility through text choices

a sign that says text and typefaces
There are simple ways to make your online musings more accessible to everyone, particularly those using screen-reading software. We've been developing a series of short, informative videos for the Forest Service to help employees embrace some easy suggestions. For example, using shapes as well as colors in a legend helps those that are color blind understand a map. Fun Fact: Bees can't see the color red. Since we are all very busy at work, it's easy to put off reading up on how to create Read more