Yesterday I finally finished a process long in the making: a flow chart walking users through the process of finding the materials they need. It can be so complicated figuring out what service to use and how to access materials, so I wanted to create a flowchart that not only explained the steps, but included instructional content. I thought perhaps I could make this using some sort of infographic building program, but everything I tried wasn’t quite robust enough. So I tried Prezi. I knew Prezi would allow me to embed videos and include links, and there are some great templates. My problem with Prezi is that you could have only one straight path, and not jump around too easily. Users can grab and drag, click around, etc., but Prezi isn’t widely used enough that our users would find it easy to use.
Finally I tried Lucid Chart. It was the absolute perfect tool to use for a flowchart. It automatically aligns objects for you and provides a grid, while still allowing you to customize yourself. You can embed images, videos, and include links, and easily lock arrows to boxes for easy manipulation. It was perfect! Lucid Charts can be hosted online, embedded into LibGuides, and downloaded as various file types. So awesome! My chart is embedded into a LibGuide, and anytime the chart is edited in Lucid Chart, it will automatically be reflected in the embedded version without me changing a thing in LibGuides. See the chart online, or take a look at the PDF, pictured below.