Pipes! Believe it or not, we’ve been using plumbing for thousands of years. Pipes are an elegantly simple solution for transporting water and other fluids for just about any purpose, from irrigation and waste removal, to heating and cooling. And ever since a certain mushroom-eating Italian plumber hopped down one in the early 80s, we’ve been enamored with the idea of pipes transporting people, animals and a whole host of other crazy objects from Point A to Point B. Little did we know that, in graphic form, they could also be used to transport abstract things like ideas and concepts.
Remember that gerbil you had growing up? Remember how you spent hours building and rebuilding his gerbilarium with an intricate system of clear plastic tubes until it was simultaneously a work of art and playground for your little buddy. Now you can relive that joyful and creative experience with the tube graphic kit above. It’s got all the pieces, joints, and junctions you need to create a realistic pipe system that doubles as a flow chart infographic.
Flow charts like the one above do an excellent job of showing the individual pieces of an object, and where they fit in with the larger whole. For instance, here we see five smaller reports entering the pipe system at various points, combining to form the larger “Annual Report” that comes out of the other side. If you wanted to get creative, you could even forgo the graphic being about reports at all and use it simply as a visual metaphor for how the individual ingredients of a larger thing fit together. One example might include removing the papers from the graphic and replacing the top row with a loaf of bread, a jar of mayo, a turkey, a head of lettuce and a block of cheese, as a delicious turkey sandwich comes out at the bottom. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
We also have more complex pipe graphics, like this one showing a hiring process. Candidates from local job agencies and national recruiters are funneled into the pool. The resumes are reviewed, and those don’t match the job description are filed away for future hiring needs. The candidates whose resumes were a good match are then brought in for an interview. If it ultimately doesn’t look like a good fit, these candidates’ resumes are also filed in the staffing database. In the end, an employee is hired and the position is filled. If you’re hiring process is a bit different and doesn’t match perfectly, you can easily tweak this graphic until it does. Again, this graphic doesn’t have to be about a hiring process if you don’t want it to. Using a little creativity, you could adjust the graphics and text to make it about any process of elimination, like a multi-layered competition or even an election.
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