Visualising Workflows with Praxis

What is Praxis?

First of all it’s a Medieval Latin/Greek word for convention, habit or custom, or a set of examples for practice. It’s also a new cloud based workflow visualisation tool from Autodesk.

 Why does Praxis matter?

I have 4 kids, watching these chaos monsters do the simplest tasks is sometimes frustrating. Why do they walk past the bin and put rubbish on the kitchen table? Why start with the dirtiest pots first when washing up? No matter how many times you tell them the right way (my way, obviously) it just doesn’t seem to make a difference.

Here’s the thing, people need visual prompts – Visual cues help us to retrieve and retain information more effectively than verbal or written communication. This is a fact that is proven in some of the best manufacturing companies in the world, with standard operating procedures mostly comprising of 80% images, 20% text.

Praxis has been developed to document and visualize the process of anything, ok it was developed for Autodesk product workflows and communication, but it’s simple to use, light weight and as such could be used for visualising the process of almost anything.

Below I have built a simple visual workflow using PRAXIS; it’s the very basics of my blog posting routine. This could be used for anything from mapping out your design and development process to informing the kids how to wash up the right way.

Now this works best for me on Chrome so I’m going to suggest that you work on this browser, only because I have not tested it on anything else as of yet.

I would create a video on how to do this but it’s so simple I’m going to suggest you sign up and have a play. Post your results in the comments section if you like.

As always if you have any questions on this post or comments on what you’d like me to do next, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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