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Which colors should I use to indicate higher values in a graph?

Do not use a rainbow of colors to indicate different intensities of values. To quote Edward Tufte: Despite our experiences with the spectrum in science textbooks and rainbows, the mind's eye ...
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Drawing block diagram?

I don't know if its suitable here, but there are also ways with not WYSIWYG-programms. In my example the tikz-package of LaTeX. Normally TeX is used for texts and professional scriptum, but also good ...
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Inkscape: Add nodes to circle drawn with circle tool

Inkscape's circles are not Bezier curves. The node tool and many other path editing methods do not work as expected. Select a circle, apply Path > Object to Path. The circle is now editable path like ...
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Software to ease the creation of diagrams?

I would use yEd* not only does this tool draw these it also makes automatic layouts for your nodes. Other software would include MS Visio. Image 1: A image made with yEd illustrator combo (yEd made ...
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Inkscape Text background with LaTeX text

I don't know if or how well the following would work using your Latex workflow, but this would work in Inkscape: Draw a rectangle over the arrow line, set the fill to white and stroke to none, and ...
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What are the basic rules of "flat design"?

'Flat design' is just a trend really, and so the general rules of graphic design apply, including colour, proximity, contrast, form, balance, hierarchy etc. The thing that differentiates flat design ...
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Drawing block diagram?

What you mentioned is done by TikZ in LaTeX. Sorry but I tried Lucid Charts and Visio and definitely they are not good as TikZ. You can overleaf and see the result The code: \tikzstyle{block} = [...
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How to visualise two-dimensional scientific data-points in a chart... in grayscale?

When working with items which all must be 100% and the same color I look at the things which make the items distinctive: size (including widths of strokes) style (dashes, dots, etc) fill (hollow, ...
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Tools for creating high quality diagrams

I suggest Illustrator. With its diagramm tools you can create any kind of diagram and its fully editable. Also you can output any kind of format in any resolution since its verctorbased graphics. Of ...
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How do I create Visio style connectable shapes with text in Inkscape?

Yes, there's a kind of work around in Inkscape, although nothing that will resize the container automatically when typing, but certainly text can be flowed inside a shape automatically. Here are the ...
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Software to ease the creation of diagrams?

I will probably get booed for saying this, but MS PowerPoint is actually good at this kind of diagrams. The reason I suggest it is because a lot of people have it already installed in their systems, ...
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Tools for creating high quality diagrams

I know many people use https://www.lucidchart.com. If you are on Windows and have access to Visio, that is a good diagram tool as well.
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Which colors should I use to indicate higher values in a graph?

Where I live in Australia the Met office (weather) recorded the highest temperature as over about 50 degrees and because Red was the highest representation for the temperature band - they added purple ...
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Which colors should I use to indicate higher values in a graph?

It is not about wavelength. It's about human emotional connection to the colors. The high indicator is generally red/orange because human nature is to perceive it as vibrant, motion-filled, and ...
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Software for producing yearly cycle illustration

You can do this with excel, atleast if you approximate the design a bit. Excell is probably the only tool that a unspecified random crowd can be expected to be able to use. The real problem is that ...
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How to visualise two-dimensional scientific data-points in a chart... in grayscale?

This is not a trivial problem; I am only going to give some general suggestions. My graphics are conceptional, would need some elegantifying to be optimal. First: kudos for making the mesh in the ...
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Software to ease the creation of diagrams?

Draw.io is a great online tool you can use to create images like this. It also syncs directly with drive/dropbox and other cloud services.
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Is there a way to make a diagram in Illustrator and have it editable in other programs?

Not really, if your client would know how to do this editing they would have known to specify an application. If on the other hand they do not have an application at hand then its unlikely that they ...
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What is this design element for legends called?

In patent drawings, these elements are called "reference characters" and "lead lines" (see MPEP 1.84(p) and (q)). At first I thought that the term "callout" would best ...
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How to draw and fill the width region of the disk in Inkscape?

Draw an ellipse, and duplicate it using Ctrl+D Move it above the lower one (you can nudge it with the up arrow key on your keyboard) With snapping enabled, draw a rectangle to intersect with the two ...
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Creating a schematic diagram of an experiment

I'm surprised that no one mentioned Microsoft Powerpoint.... To me, it looks like that was the program it was made with based on the border thicknesses, that all the shapes are readily available in ...
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Drawing block diagram?

Take a look at Nevron Draw. It works on Windows and Mac and offers most of the MS Visio functionality. In particular for this type of diagrams you need software that has shapes with inward / outward ...
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Drawing block diagram?

My favourite is Pencil Project. It allows you to build all sorts of diagrams, lets you install more shapes and types, export to many formats, like png, svg, html etc. and is free! If you want, you can ...
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How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?

1- Make your row of people a compound path. Make sure they are not grouped first, ungroup if necessary then select them all, right click and select "Make Compound Path". 2- Apply a gradient to the ...
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How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?

This might not be anything of what you want, but i simply turned the graph-part (data points) horisontal instead, and put a box with human-shaped "holes" on top. (I somehow got the idea that you ...
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What is good graphic visualization of a climate diagram

What you are looking for is a multivariable weather chart. To my knowledge, there is no standardised model for what you are looking for specifically. If you study meteorology information sites, you ...
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What are the basic rules of "flat design"?

Adding to Surajck's answer, the issue with your example (as far as being "flat") is about shadows, borders, and also shapes. Flat is not only about color, it's also about clean lines, and elements ...
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What are the basic rules of "flat design"?

Many good 'flat designs' generally use color contrast (and only color contrast) to differentiate between various elements. That is the stand out feature. Simple shapes will do the trick; no fancy ...
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How to create a pie chart with equal wedges and labels

There are loads of tools that will make you do this. First that springs to mind is Google charts. However, pretty much any graphic software will let you create this.
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Software to ease the creation of diagrams?

An interesting online tool is https://cacoo.com/ as the trhend with this kind of tools, a free plan and some monthly fees. The interesting part is that is colaborative. Inkscape https://inkscape.org/ ...
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