How Engineers Can Walk the Tightrope of Complex Diagrams

By Liza Mock on May 05, 2017 in Stories

Software companies aren’t the only organizations that lean on diagrams to help explain complex systems. Many businesses and government departments use diagrams to explain their different processes. The Department of Defense, for instance, is diagram-mad. Literally, if you take some generals’ word for it. A few years back, two diagrams from within the DoD made…

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How Diagrams Unlock the Complexity in Simple Systems

By Liza Mock on Apr 20, 2017 in Stories
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Slack looks simple. Just a chat app dressed up in pretty packaging. Internet relay chat (IRC) has been around for 30 years, so anyone could put together a clone in a few days, right? As a software engineer you’re probably already rolling your eyes. Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter and editor at Slack, recently debunked…

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Six Flowchart Types & Templates

By Zack Kushner on Jun 02, 2016 in Tips and Tricks
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Flowcharts are one of the most versatile diagram types. Companies use flow charts to document complex business processes. Software engineers use them to envision data flow. Hipsters post them online to amuse each other with their snarky witticisms. Regardless of your needs, Gliffy’s free online flowchart maker will facilitate the process of creating flowcharts online….

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Top Ten Pro Flowchart Tips

By Zack Kushner on Apr 21, 2016 in Tips and Tricks

Creating a flowchart online with Gliffy is simple. Turning your creation into a professional-quality example of a flowchart isn’t much harder — you just need to heed our top ten pro flow chart tips. Size Matters A flowchart is most useful when it fits on one page (or screen). If the process you’re plotting is…

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Understanding Flowchart Symbols

By Zack Kushner on Apr 01, 2016 in Tips and Tricks

Each variety of flowchart shape has its own specific meaning. While you can create a flowchart online using only the most common symbol types, knowing how to make a flowchart using them all can come in handy. We’re here to help. Welcome to Gliffy’s guide to understanding flowchart symbols. Basic Flowchart Shapes A rectangle with…

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How to Flowchart, Intermediate Symbols (Part 2 of 3)

By Liza Mock on Feb 25, 2015 in Tips and Tricks

Now that you’re well on your way to becoming master of the flowchart and know the basics from part one of this three-part series, it’s time to delve deeper. How Flowcharting Helps You Win At Life There is no doubt that breaking a complicated process down to individual steps and documenting them with a flowchart…

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How to Flowchart, Basic Symbols (Part 1 of 3)

By Liza Mock on Feb 10, 2015 in Tips and Tricks
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What Is a Flowchart? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines flowchart as “a diagram that shows step-by-step progression through a procedure or system especially using connecting lines and a set of conventional symbols.” What does this mean and why should I care, you ask? Good question. What it means is that a flowchart can be used to…

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Put a Moustache on It, a Movember Flowchart

By Liza Mock on Nov 24, 2014 in Latest & Greatest
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We at Gliffy appreciate a handsome beard/moustache almost as much as we appreciate a well-drawn diagram. As such, we thought it only appropriate to salute the folks at Movember, a fundraising organization devoted to men’s health, with a moustache-inspired flowchart. According to their site, Movember is “responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around…

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