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Process Bridge | Student Examples | Common Challenges

A part of my life trainings is always: do first, evaluate later. It’s one of the fastest way to learn. 

Right now I want to show you examples from students who dared to first make their drawings before I gave them further instructions. By pointing a few of the common challenges, you can avoid these pitfalls in the future. 

Not a Bridge but a Snake? 🐍

This example is a beautiful drawing. I love the use of red for the process bridge and the way the arrow heads divide the steps. Also good use of the the color blue. All in all: gorgeous. 

Note however how it’s also kinda chaotic to try and unravel all the information. You can follow it step by step, sure – but can you see it in a ‘single overview’? Not really. 
Also this process ‘snake’ ends all the way down on the page. Not necessarily a bad thing, but how is that a good thing? 

Tip: make your drawing intentional. Ask yourself what do the colors mean? What does this shape mean? 
Usually the end of your process bridge is a happy, good thing. Having it at the bottom, pointing down isn’t as positive as you might think. 😜

Most People's First Ever Roadmap

This awesome drawing is powerful in its structure. Sad smiley face bottom left, happy smiley face top right and a ‘vision’ of the future in between. Consistent drawings of figures. Text is easy to read. Good stuff!

See the road leading up toward the Horizon? Most people draw a roadmap like that. Kinda like wobbly railroad tracks towards the horizon.
It works, sure. However I really dislike how it’s hard to add text to each step and I hate how it makes everything at the end super small. As if it is less important!? 

Anyway: use this roadmap icon when it is stylish to do so. If you want to show steps in a process, go for an actual process bridge.

Great Student Example! ✔️

Look at this student example. It’s very clear and readable, right!?
How come? Let’s check together.

👉 Consistent in writing and drawing.
👉 See how the first step is a dotted line? That’s because it’s preparation done in own time. Cool! (Head should be 3x smaller on this body) 🫣
👉 The bridge is nicely balanced from left to right. Very easy to ‘read’ this drawing.
👉 Headers and text is very clear.

What could have made this even better? The form of the process bridge could have arced ‘up’ for an even more positive results. “Put that frown upside down!” 🙃

Go Step by Step

What I love about this photo is how you see the desk of a typical worker – multiple screens and a mouse – but then it’s made even better by the pen & paper,  drawings and all that stuff. Haha, perfect! 

If you look closely you can see multiple process bridges! That’s because this student tried a few different times to organize his projects into visuals. That’s a good thing!

Kinda like with writing text, you go over your writing and make edits everywhere. With drawings you make several versions. Let’s zoom in on one.

This great. Consistent drawing of figures. You can read the text. The marker color was done after writing the text and it made it bleed. Yup. That sucks. The only way to avoid that is to first color the marker area, wait for it to dry and THEN add text. 

Anyway, more cool things: the frame. The starting point is visually clear, because it overlaps the frame. The end point is clear as it will bust through the frame towards the right – the future!

Now you have learned and seen enough about Process Bridges that we can start applying it in your projects

Head to the next post and I’ll see you there!