Tutorial for Relationships 005 and 006 – Matrices
Using the Matrices
Use this framework to plot quantitative and/or qualitative values across the two axes. You can combine this framework with a bubble chart, which will add an extra layer of interpretation to the bubble chart: place the matrix over the data-driven bubble chart and the matrix will identify your target areas. You can also combine it with other data-driven charts, as you see in the example.
These frameworks are designed to work as a two-step presentation: 1) the basic matrix and 2) the breakout section that contains more descriptive content.
Customizing the Matrices
If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to hold the shift key down while sizing so that the framework remains uniform and scales correctly. If you are using more than one framework in these series, import them all and then size them all at once. This way they stay consistently sized within your document.
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. The basic matrix and the breakout piece should be solid colors. The projection piece (the field that connects the basic matrix and the breakout piece) should be partially transparent.
PowerPoint 2007 options
These matrices do not benefit from most of the added formatting options in PowerPoint 2007. Keep them simple.
These frameworks don't work really well as 3D.
You can use shadows with this framework, but be sure that the shadow is very conservative so the shadow does not get in the way of text you will be placing in the framework.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
The gradient in the example above is applied to the connecting pieces. The gradient makes it look like the pop-out text area is in the foreground.
The gradient applied to the above example just adds a little interest but does little to really enhance the message. Make sure that the gradient is subtle so that the overlaying text is easily read.
Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. Simple reveals of the pieces of the matrix or just the text is a good choice.