ike at blackskyresearch.net
Sun Sep 11 12:32:31 EDT 2011
On Sep 10, 2011, at 6:44 PM, jeff at jeffmau.com wrote:
> Pen and paper, Ike.
Ha! You and I have been having this discussion for like 15 years now Jeff :)
There's actually a ton of paper in my world too, (all of it gets scanned regularly), plus time alone with a whiteboard and phone-camera are pretty amazing for working through and capturing ideas.
However, I've come to draw a line where I take it to the computer:
- Whenever there are many variants/multiples in the diagram
- copy/paste is just way faster than drawing
- visual libraries can be kept for later re-use
(e.g. a server, a service abstract, a design pattern)
- Whenever there may be many variants of the diagram itself
- Design A vs. Design B
- Unknown Details from a bigger picture
(diagrams quickly help me find weak or ill-understood parts of larger systems)
- Whenever the subject spans multiple layers, (OSI, Logical/Physical topology, etc...)
- the idea of drawing layers saves a profound amount of time
(overhead transparency film would be a solution, but...)
- Whenever the output needs to be shared with others, weather collaborators or outside parties
- difficult to get people to address hand-drawn notes, line weights from pen-drawn diagrams are not often legible when displayed from a video projector or even some remote screen resolution I could never have considered.
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