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Bell/Well Curves

Using the Bell and Well Curves

These frameworks are very simple. But if you have ever tried to get your curves perfect on both uphill and downhill sides and in one continuous line, you know that these frameworks are time savers and precision is assured. The height and depth can be adjusted as you desire simply by stretching or compressing the framework field.

The x and y axes are there and ready for you to label. These types of curves are primarily used as conceptual charts and don't often need the assistance of grid lines on the axes. That is why they have been omitted. Grid lines are simple to add if they are needed.

Download either one or both of the curve frameworks onto your desktop and then import them (using the steps below) into your presentation.

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Concept

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework(s), be sure to group it and resize the entire group. If you are using both the bell curve and well curve frameworks, each should be grouped individually but sized together. Once resized, place the groups on their respective pages and ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select a good contrasting color from you palette when applying a line color. Make sure that the color you select makes the curve "pop." Usually there are no fills in bell and well curves.

3D variations

Don't use 3D on this type of framework.


Don't use shadows on this type of framework. These curves are the conceptual application of a data-driven line chart, which should also never have shadows applied. Good rule: never compromise clarity for the sake of design.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

These applications do not apply to this framework. You can, however, create a background to use with these frameworks that might work. A faded photograph behind the curve, a gradient to help with your text explanation of the concept you are conveying, etc., might be just the thing to couple with this framework.


Animation should be simple. Since it is a conceptual line chart and it has axes, the line should wipe from left to right in keeping with the primary function of line charts: to show trends.

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