How do you turn a flow diagram into something more meaningful?

17 Aug

I’m working on a really fascinating mobile communication project at the moment, however, I have a training problem. Although there is plenty of pre-existing training material, perhaps the most important document is an unhelpful flow diagram.

Flow diagrams are great for business analysis who need to understand business processes or networks. But for the average hospital worker on the floor of a busy ward, a flow diagram can be more of a hinderance than a help.

So, as an instructional designer, how do you turn a flow diagram into something more meaningful?

I’m grappling with this question right now with approximately 3 weeks until the project goes live. My initial thoughts are these:

  • It has to be on one page
  • It has to be easy to understand
  • It has to capture a sense of flow
  • It has to be visually appealing.

If anyone has any great ideas or examples, please leave a comment.

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