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Intertwined Segments

Using the Intertwined Segments

This series suggests an intertwining or connectivity between objects surrounding a central object. Without the looping line, the surrounding objects seem independent and free floating. With the line, they seem part of a whole. Don't overlook these types of nuances when developing your slides.

The central and surrounding objects are small, so single words or short phrases should be used as identifiers. Let the graphic be a bold statement without the clutter of too much text.

There are two variations in this series. The surrounding and central objects are slightly different, but they both depend on the looped line to communicate the connectedness.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing the Intertwined Segments


Group the framework(s) and rescale (hold shift key down as you resize).You can change the line point size to make the looped line more pronounced. Do not remove the line color, as the concept depends on the line.


Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the framework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Apply a different color to the looped line so that it pops. It is important that the looped line be visible, so select a contrasting line color for the looped line.

3D variations

3D doesn't work that well unless the depths are very small. Place the looped line on top. The bevels look fine (feature in PowerPoint 2007).


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the framework has been imported. If you have text associated with each object, you may want to keep the shadow scheme conservative and close to the object.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the “Fill Effects” menu.This particular gradient turns a circle into a sphere (visually only).


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals are best with these frameworks.

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