Network Diagramming: A Picture is Worth More Than a 1000 Words

You’ve probably heard the phrase “a picture is worth 1000 words.” It’s an old English idiom that implies a complex idea can be conveyed with a single image more effectively than a description.

People are visual. According to the Social Science Research Network, 65% of the population are visual learners. Often times dissecting and reading a description of a complex network can be time-consuming, mind numbing, hard to understand and nearly impossible to remember.

Fortunately, there’s a quick fix. Visualization. Or, as we like to call it at D3M, Network Diagramming, which turns your complex data into clear detailed images instead of multiple spreadsheets, text, and bulleted lists.


The power of pictures. How we can use images to better promote and communicate our ideas:

Visual Information is More Effective

Our minds process images up to 60,000 times faster than text, so diagramming is a way to help organize information into easy, digestible parts. Whether on a napkin, white board or online web app, images help convey thoughts and ideas into clear, precise thoughts. Different colors, icons, arrows, etc. can be used to draw attention to important information or features to fit your precise informational needs.

Use Visuals to Show Flow & Progression

It’s easier to show movement, development, and flow in visual form. Think sports plays, flow charts, maps – the list is endless. The connecting idea is a path. When you have a pathway or connection to present, opt for a visual, as it’s easy to overwhelm an audience.

No Barriers

People are visually wired. Break down complex ideas, erase language barriers, remove technical hurdles and develop people’s knowledge with detailed imagery.

Stand Out

As a society, we are inundated with information every second of every day, and we can’t take it all in or process it all. Visuals significantly increase your chances of being remembered and standing out from your competition.


Collaborating and communicating in a visual manner is often more direct and intuitive. It allows you to get your point across quickly and efficiently and keeps yourself and your team on track.

So, there you have it – images trump text. Whether you’re doing a presentation, pitching a sale, or building a complex radio network, images are critical. Swap in detailed diagrams in exchange for text and it could win you your next contract!


Creating detailed visuals and network diagrams in D3M in easy! Let us show you how can better design, document, deliver & manage your projects. Book a demo today.

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