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Connections and Transparency

This series of frameworks conveys degrees if connectedness and transparency. The series example shows how this might play out in an organization's change program from silos to interconnected, integrated, and transparent business units.

These variations are meant to be used as an overall concept to show the different types of connections between objects, not necessarily to show each individual entities with labels. We suggest listing the entities for the connection to which they relate. Too many entities in these graphics obscure the meaning. The graphic concepts are developed from shapes found within the Shapes menu in PowerPoint and PowerFrameworks-generated shapes. The elements in these frameworks rely heavily on layering, so be sure to take a look at the tutorial.

There are two options: a 3D representation and a downward-looking representation of the silos.

Customizing the connection and transparency frameworks

Layering for these frameworks

The 3D versions of these frameworks are drawn with cylinders from the Shapes menu in PowerPoint. Additionally, we've added a "back" to the cylinder so that the 3D version of this concept appears more realistically. Make sure that the back of the cylinder is behind the semitransparent cylinder. This is important .

Adjust size

Group first before resizing and rescaling. Then ungroup and apply additional formatting as needed.

Color variations

Apply colors from you template's color palette. Transparency levels can be set as well when you apply the new colors. Transparency level can illustrate the level of transparency the company has achieved with the entity. The transparency is set for 50% in the download. Make sure that the "back" of the 3D is the same color as the cylinder and the same transparency.

3D variations

One set of frameworks is drawn as 3D, so don't apply 3D to the set. Also, don't apply 3D to the other set either.


It's probably best not to use shadows with these frameworks. Since some of the frameworks are semitransparent, shadows will obscure and confuse the graphic concept.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Not a good idea.


Simple reveals are best with these.

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