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Diagram Explained: The Supportive Model and Its History

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Diagram Explained: The Supportive Model and Its History


The Supportive Cycle diagram was born on Feb 6, 2021 when I was re-thinking on the Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework (v1.0) with the concept of Supportance. The framework (v1.0) suggested a new unit of analysis: Platform(Project). I remained the unit of analysis and used supportive movements as a core idea to design a diagram. I called the final outcome the Supportive Cycle model.

In the past several months, I modified the diagram and designed several new diagrams for different concepts and models. Last week, I realized this is a great example of Diagram Development. Thus, I created this Miro board to review the process of my creative activities around the diagram. I also designed a new diagram for the concept of Supportance.

The reflection shows there are three turning points within the developmental process of the project.
  • Feb 6, 2021: Turning Point A
  • April 22, 2021: Turning Point B
  • June 6, 2021: Turning Point C

In 2018, I wrote a 108-page personal thesis titled Diagram Explained. I developed a framework for understanding multiple layers of diagrams.
  • Layer 1: Schema of spatial relationships
  • Layer 2: Models of domain cognition
  • Layer 3: Application of models
  • Layer 4: Artifact of epistemic tool
  • Layer 5: Mediation of human activities

In order to help readers understand my creations. I used five types of diagrams for this case study.
  • Layer 1: Meta-diagram
  • Layer 2: Diagrams for Theories, Diagrams for Abstract Models, Diagrams for Concrete Models.
  • Layer 3: Diagrams for Case Studies

You can find more details form the Miro board! 


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