Tutorial for Forces 003 – Interlocking Arrows – Halves
Using Interlocking Arrows
This series contains two-way flows of influence or information – an interface. These frameworks are a good alternative to a double-headed arrow.
Customizing the Interlocking Arrows
If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize 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. If you use a different color for each segment, it's probably best to eliminate the line unless using a line is part of your design choice.
Be careful using 3D effects on this framework. Because of the interlocking aspects of the framework pieces, 3D must be used at a very short depth (maybe 6 points).
Do not use shadows with this framework. The interlocking aspects of the framework keep shadows from appearing correctly.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Use gradients that will enhance the flow of this framework. In the example above, the dark part is at the outside of each segment, which complements the flow, although you can apply the darker part of the gradient to the center as well.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. A wipe for each segment from the outside works well with this framework. then there is a flow in and out, a wipe will not work, use a fade or other subtle reveal.