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Tutorial for Hierarchy 020 – Building with Compartments

Using the Buildings with Compartments

This series contains frameworks that can be used as alternatives to simple org charts. The example uses elements from several frameworks to introduce a team and establish the hierarchy within the team. These frameworks are a nice departure from org charts. And with the capability of using different amounts for every layer – and adding layers – there are a very large number of variations available.

You might want to take photos of your staff and use them in this format from time to time. Since the frameworks are in a "building," a picture of the employee at their desk will help to convey that they are in their offices within the building. With a digital camera, this slide could be done within an hour.

Another use for this chart is to show the components of something that is in the process of being built. There is enough room in the foundation fields for text.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing Buildings

Adjust size

Remember to group the frameworks before sizing so that the integrity of the framework is maintained. Hold the shift key down if you want to scale it while you are sizing. Ungroup again once it is the size you like so other customizations can be made.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Consider not using a line color since the fields are so close to each other – adding a line color will close the space up.

PowerPoint 2007 options

These frameworks are substantial. They have lots of fields and cover a lot of the slide. The content for these fields will need to be significant in order for them not to be be "lost" on the slide. Therefore, try to minimize the splashy formatting on the buildings and reserve it for the compartment contents. The drop shadows are okay to use and will lift the building off the slide a bit.

3D variations

Don't use 3D on these. The more "substantial" the framework is, the harder it will be to get the contents to "pop" (be prominent).


Unless you are using PowerPoint 2007, don't use shadows. The shadows will obscure the separations between the fields. The drop shadows in PowerPoint 2007 will be okay because they are semitransparent and have a gradient.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients are usually a very good choice for adding depth to objects. Gradients may be a way you can add a little interest to the outlining fields. The content fields (the round-edged rectangles) can accept photos or gradients.


No animated example has been set up for this slide. Simple text reveals and photos work best. If these frameworks are being used to show steps to build something, start at the foundation and reveal until the roof is placed.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

HI020 – Hierarchy 020 – Building with Compartments

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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