Re: the Hadoop comic

Subject: Re: the Hadoop comic
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:20:35 +0800 (WST)

The comic is drawn in a way that makes it both easy to draw and maintain and easy to understand.

There's a pattern language involving shapes, colours and expressions. I bet Maneesh has a Visio stencil or equivalent containing ten or so basic shapes (user, client, namenode, datanode, speaking face, smiley face, unhappy face, speech bubble, etc.) and could 'draw' 98% of a new comic simply by arranging the existing shapes and entering the text. The document can easily be added to and updated even if the original artist has moved on.

It has the consistency and usability of a good technical illustration with the friendliness and simplicity of a comic.

Stuart
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