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Forces 012, 018 – Concept 059

Interactivity with One Object

When you need to show interactivity with a central object or single point, frameworks in these series should be considered. But there's also another way to utilize the frameworks, as shown in the series example of FR005. Some of the 2-way arrows can be eliminated and an outflow arrow can be added, creating a many-to-one flow. These layouts are symmetrical and balanced. All in all, a nice, multifunctional series.

There are three variations from which to choose.

  • v01: larger arrows emphasize the interaction
  • v02: smaller arrows emphasize the objects that are interacting
  • v03: arrow spacing allows for a larger central object.

The circle can be resized or eliminated, depending on your needs.

The Concept 059 series provides a means to illustrate a "plugging in" to a central hub, which can represent a source or a recipient of information/expertise. There are three different types of hubs in each of the eight downloads. Use the one that best suits your purposes (see the tutorial for ideas and tips).

Using Interactivity layouts

The FR018 series combines a couple of series: a network with a center object plus inflow and outflow arrows. There are three versions for each of the two through eight circles in the network:

  • Network circles larger than center circle
  • Center circle larger than network circles
  • Center and network circles the same size.

Choose the variation that best fits your message. These frameworks can be used to illustrate a transfer of information, collaboration, mobility, etc.

Customizing the Frameworks

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Hold the shift key down as you resize to rescale. Once resized/rescaled, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the frameworks 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.

3D variations

These frameworks look good with 3D applied. You should use a short depth, however, or the circle in the center will turn into a cylinder. Be sure to check the layering/ordering of the pieces to be sure they are good and work with the direction of the 3D effect you chose.


Shadows look good with this framework. Be sure the layering/ordering of the pieces of the frameworks are correct according to the direction of the shadow. The drop shadow in PowerPoint 2007 is particularly nice.

Don't use shadows with the Concepts 059 series unless the whole framework is grouped and then formatted with a drop shadow.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients are controllable when there are just a few two-way arrows. The more arrows there are, however, the more difficult it gets to apply gradients effectively because the gradients don't angle in all the directions that the arrows face. Either import a picture into the center circle or just eliminate the circle and replace it with a picture.


Animate these clockwise, for example, as a reveal to present the inputs/contributors to the center object.

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