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Vertical Flows 007

Flows – Vertical – Multiflows

The flows in this series are many-to-one flows, meaning that there are multiple flows going into one idea/outcome/object/action. They are perfect for high-level descriptions of multiple flows (2 and 3 flows). Because they are high-level structures, limited associated text should be used with the segments. The are very effective to introduce the high-level flow and then as a tracker on pages that offer more detail for the segments. Used this way, these trackers will keep your audience oriented to where they are in the flow process.

The series example shows the a flow using right-hand and left-hand flows from different frameworks. By combining flow segments in this manner, you can tailor the graphic to meet your needs precisely. Also, the series example has been flipped vertically so that it conveys a building up to a result instead of funneling down.

Customizing the Multiflows

Adjust size

Select all of the fields for this graphic and group. Then resize/rescale (hold shift key down as you resize) the graphic. Ungroup and proceed with other formatting.

Color variations

Every segment/piece of these frameworks can receive its own fill and line color. Choose colors from your template's color palette or complementary colors. These frameworks are particularly useful as a tracker: choose a highlighting color to indicate the segment under discussion

PowerPoint 2007 options

PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 formatting effects are appealing as long as they don't obscure the segment divisions. For example, you may want to stay away from a glow formatting because it lessens the distinctiveness of each segment.

3D variations

3D formatting will make these frameworks look like they are free standing if you choose the bottom-up orientation. Since 3D formatting fills in the space between the segments, consider using a gradient in each segment to make them appear distinct. You can use different colors for each segment with 3D: light-to-dark hues of the same color work particularly well. If you choose to use 3D, then choose a very shallow depth.


Use shadows only if you are working in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. If you have a busy of patterned background, a shadow lifts it up off the background and makes it more distinctive.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The segments are small, and it is not recommended to insert photographs into the segments, which is why we have only provided one full set of the frameworks. PowerPoint imports photographs into shapes based on the shape's original orientation on the slide. This means that a graphic that is flipped vertically or horizontally will contain photographs that are upside down or sideways. Don't import photographs into the sections of these frameworks unless you plan to use them as drawn: top-to-bottom vertical flows.

As mentioned above, use gradients to make the segments distinct if you are applying 3D or other formatting that will obscure the segment divisions.


Simple animation is recommended. Sequential reveals on clicks is what was used in the downloadable animation scheme. You can choose to make the segments appear as a fade or appear. If you use 3D and make the segments look like building blocks, you can drop them in from the top or fly them in from the side. You have some choices here, but remember to choose your animation so that it complements the graphic and the message.

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