If you’re a designer, developer, or manage designers and developers, then you know that flow charting takes place throughout the project, start to finish.Â¬â€ There are flowcharts in the initial phases, more as it gets rolling, even more when it’s being finalized, and are often even more when it’s finished and marketing gets their hands on it.
SlickPlan.com is a free, easy-to-use, and very fast flowchart creator.Â¬â€ If you have a website to design, whether it’s large or small, you will likely find this app much easier to use than most of the usual apps like Illustrator.
You start out with a basic layout for a typical site – the kind a designer would probably build for themselves.Â¬â€ You can then ad or subtract or rearrange components at your will, putting them wherever you think they fit in your hierarchy to create the site’s flow.
Here is the basic layout you begin with:
The items can be moved around (drag-drop), edited, or removed using the box at the left.Â¬â€ The large “Ad New Page” button ads another rectangle to the list, which you can located at any point on the main line or any of the subsets.Â¬â€ I decided to edit the flowchart from it’s sort of designer emphasis here and make it more something a developer might use for his or her own showcase instead.
This meant simplifying the menu (main line), de-emphasizing the “design” portfolio, and focusing more on recent work and contact information.Â¬â€ Of course, today being what it is, no site is complete without Twitter and Facebook linkups.Â¬â€ Right?Â¬â€ I also decided to spread it a bit and make it about a development group rather than an individual, so I put in office phone/fax/etc. info.
I should point out that I did all of that without having to sign up for anything.Â¬â€ You only need an account at SlickPlan if you want to share, save, or export your chart.Â¬â€ These flowcharts, with an account (which is free), can be exported as HTML, PDF, or set up as a Web link for others to see.
Pretty, well, Slick, I’d say.