Why Diagrams?

Why do you you love diagrams? What makes them a special visual communication tool?

This quote in Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information by Manual Lima pretty much sums up why I think diagrams are so important.

Bruce Mau Quote

“When everything is connected to everything else, for better or worse, everything matters.”-Bruce Mau

I believe that all things are connected, related, and dependent on one another, but it is sometimes hard to see those connections.

A good diagram can help visually represent how different pieces fit together (which can be very powerful).


**For Your Toolbelt** Visualize how different pieces of your work fit together and impact one another by grabbing a piece of paper and pencil and try creating a diagram. Don’t worry about how well you can draw. You might be surprised by a new perspective.