If you need to make a presentation for work or school, you will love these tips for how to efficiently use diagrams to present information.
Diagrams are a great way to convey information in an easy-to-understand manner. They can be used for anything from business presentations, school reports, or even just whiteboard drawings at home with friends. The best part is that they can be done on any surface or medium!
Because I love design, I decided to put together this quick guide on effectively using diagrams in your reports and presentations.
The good news: You don’t need expensive or fancy materials to draw diagrams. You just need your brain and some creativity!
Here are 15 tips to help you create effective diagrams for any project.
Don’t just start drawing without an idea in mind! It’s much easier to focus on what you’re drawing if you decide ahead of time what it will be. This way, your diagram will flow better and look more polished than if you were to just start freehand sketching random lines until you have something that looks nice.
A common mistake for people who are just learning how to draw is to try and fit too much information into one diagram or drawing. Create a simple outline or sketch before you start drawing your final version. Afterwards, fill it with as many details as needed. If you overdo it, your diagram will look cluttered and messy.
Take pride in your work! If you created a good-looking presentation for school or are just drawing something for fun with friends, take time to make it look pretty.
This is especially important if you are presenting this to someone else.
Nobody wants to be facing a whiteboard that’s only half-filled because the person presenting couldn’t be bothered to do their job. Keep it neat.
Don’t just use circles and squares for everything! Try making your diagram more interesting by adding triangles, diamonds, or even pentagons into the mix every so often. Vary up your shapes to make your drawing look more interesting.
Labels are important! How else are people supposed to understand what you are talking about? You don’t need to go overboard with the labeling, but if it’s too hard for others to understand what you’re trying to say then it defeats the purpose of making a presentation.
How often have you seen a diagram in a movie, show, etc., and it looked really cool? This is because most diagrams are boring and lack any sort of action or movement that could make them look better or more interesting. There are many ways to add movement into your drawings, but here are a few examples:
Take inspiration from other diagrams you may have seen before. Maybe you had to create a family tree for school or did an assignment where you had to make your own version of the food web of an ecosystem. Whatever it is, try looking up other diagrams on Google Images and see what they were like
There are no rules when it comes to making simple diagrams.
Try using different colors, materials, and sizes for your diagram than what you normally see in real life.
If you’re not confident enough to just go with your gut and make something unique, look up other drawings online to give yourself an idea of what you could do!
Take a look at photographs to see how certain objects are drawn in real life. Then try drawing them yourself.
This will help you better understand how perspective, shading, and other art techniques can be used in diagrams to make them more realistic-looking.
A great example of this is to see how shadows are drawn on the ground.
If you’re doing something like a school project or work assignment, don’t start drawing your diagram until you know what information you need to include. This way, it’ll be easier for you to come up with a skinnier and more creative diagram that will make your work look more professional.
Diagram makers can help you create a diagram or chart without the effort of drawing and sketching everything out by hand. Instead, just type in what you’re trying to say and choose from templates that could look similar to what you want. These can be very helpful for small projects but if it’s something bigger they may not contain enough information for you to work with.
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