Diagrams

Diagrams are graphics that can help explain information or enhance understanding. They are especially helpful for people who find reading difficult or those who are visual thinkers. Diagrams can include:

  • process maps
  • flowcharts
  • illustrations

A clear text description structured with headings and subheadings is the preferred method to use to explain information and communicate processes. We recommend trying this before using a diagram as it means that:

  • the majority of users can understand the content
  • the content is accessible to more users
  • search engines can read the text and display in search results
  • the content can be easily updated
  • users can zoom and alter the size of text for readability without it becoming pixelated

If you want to help your users visualise a complex process that links off in many directions, the use of a diagram can be considered.

If you are thinking about using a diagram, contact content.design@ons.gov.uk at the earliest opportunity and we can consider the options and advise on the best solution.