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Visio and IA tip – design before documentation

This tip is probably more of a note to self than a useful tip, but I have to keep reminding myself, so may be of value:

Visio is a documentation tool, not a design tool. The design happens elsewhere – in your head, on paper, on a whiteboard, in a team meeting. Only when you have figured out what your design looks like should you sit in front of the computer and try to document it.

When I find myself staring at the screen wondering what is meant to happen next, it is usually because I haven’t thought about what I am trying to draw. I get up, go to the whiteboard or paper, draw it (or at least list the components or workflows I need), then come back to the computer, set up shapes etc and draw.

Or I go for a walk…

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