A diagram is a symbolic representation of information using visualization techniques. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagram Thinking Tool

List from Abby Covert's How to Make Sense of Any Mess

  • Make a block diagram that shows how the pieces of a concept interrelate.
  • Demystify a process by making a flow diagram.
  • Break your latest project down into its individual tasks and make a Gantt chart.
  • Compare a group of restaurants in your neighborhood in a quadrant diagram (2x2).
  • Explore what happens when concepts or objects overlap using a Venn diagram.
  • Break any multi-user process into a list of tasks per user with a swim lane diagram.
  • Depict the content and organization of your favorite website in a hierarchy diagram.
  • Unload all of the cool ideas in your mind right now in a mind map.
  • Explain how to make your favorite food with a simple schematic. Bonus point for exploding it!
  • Make a journey map of a day in your life.

see also Fishbone Diagram, Diagram of Effects, Graph Drawing, Whiteboard, 2x2



  • has connectors that work (follow moved node)
  • export acs SVG! (but not a native format, and can't import it!)
  • doesn't appear to auto-word-wrap text within nodes, and SVG rendering is pretty bad

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