Visual Diagram Idea: The Amazing Signal

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Inspiration for diagrams can come from anywhere. Discover the amazing uses of a simple signal diagram in business presentations.

Visual diagram inspiration on the road:

Sometimes you get inspiration for diagrams from unexpected sources. Yesterday, as I was driving to my office I found inspiration to create a simple diagram using the visual of traffic signal.

Visual Diagram Idea- Signal

First let us learn to create a signal diagram in PowerPoint.

1. Create the base

You can create the base for signal diagram by combining a rounded rectangle and a regular rectangle from auto shapes menu. Fill the shapes with black color to get the following result:

Base for Visual Diagram

2. Draw the lights

Draw three circles that fit into the base you draw just now and color them Red, Amber and Green. They form the lights of traffic signal.

Lights for Signal

3. Switch ‘on’ the signals

You can’t have all three lights ‘on’ all the time.

To make a light glow:

Select a circular light -> go to shape effects -> Glow and add the biggest glow.

Glow for visual Signal Diagram

To dim a light:

Select a circular light ->Right click -> Format shape -> Fill ->Make the transparency as 50%

Reduce transparency for Visual

When you combine the two effects, you can create a set of signals as follows:

Visual Idea Signal Diagram

Once you have the signals ready, you can use them in multiple ways. Here are some application of the diagram in business presentations:

1. Task classification:

You can use the diagram to classify tasks into:

  • Red = stop doing
  • Amber= Maintain doing
  • Green = Do more

You can create a diagram template to make the classification as follows:

Classifying Tasks

Related: See how you can use icons to classify tasks

2. Negatives, Opportunities and Positives analysis

You can use signal diagram to evaluate a project based on Negatives, Opportunities and Positives. Take a look at the following diagram template to help you make the classification:


3. Explain your project roadmap

You can explain the journey of your project based on:

  • Red = Factors that halted our progress
  • Amber= Factors that didn’t affect us
  • Green = Factors that helped us move forward

A diagram template for the purpose can be as follows:


So, you can draw inspiration from a lot of things around you to visually represent your business ideas.

Related:  Concepts you can visualize with Everyday Phrases

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Roadmaps & Timeline Options

PowerPoint Roadmap

Step by Step Project Phases with Completion Stickers 

Project Phases Progress
Project Completion Stickers

Transition over time | Construction Phases

Project Phases
Construction Phases

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