Tutorial for Relationships 064 – Expanded Honeycomb
Using the Expanded Honeycomb
This series expands the RE003 honeycomb series, which has seven cells. By expanding the honeycomb, new concepts can be illustrated. The series example shows a selection from the honeycomb to create a subset. If you are going to use these frameworks to show this application, download the "both" variation – it has the comb and the individual cells.
You may only want to color the cells in the honeycomb and use labels or a legend to show groupings within the whole. There can be many applications for these frameworks.
The animated example shows you how to bring a few cells out of the honeycomb and configure a larger grouping. Also, be sure to review the tutorial for tips on animating these frameworks.
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 the Honeycomb
If you want to change the size/shape of the honeycomb, be sure to group it and resize/rescale (hold shift key down by resizing) the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.
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. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.
Colors applied to the cells can create groups within the whole. Use a key to explain the significance of each group.
Be conservative when applying 3D. Don't make the effect too deep, 12 points or less. Also, ordering/layering needs to be corrected, depending on the direction of the 3D view.
Adding a shadow to the comb framework adds too much confusion to the structure. Avoid using shadows here. Use a very conservative shadow for the contents framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
The gradients should be used conservatively, especially if there is text within the sections.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. The animation example shows one option: plucking random cells from the honeycomb to create a group. It's interesting and effective.