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Abstract Spreadsheet Design

A Quick Design Tool

When it comes to spreadsheets, it’s super easy to think about numbers, formulas, math, and data.

All of these things are super fun (I’m not the only one who thinks so, right?), but this is not all that a spreadsheet can do. Not at all. In fact, you can use a spreadsheet for art and design as well.

Just check out the five examples below!

1 – Color Design

You have so many colors available to you inside of spreadsheets. It’s true, and with lots of colors to pick from and lots of places to put that color, you can create almost anything.

After all, most pictures are digital images these days, and digital images are merely made up of tiny little boxes of color called pixels. So with a spreadsheet, you can create exactly the same thing, just on a larger scale.

An array of color palettes

Overall, the picture you paint is entirely up to you.

2 – Document Design

Writing up a resumé certainly is not easy. Even when you get all the information onto it, formatting it to look just right can still be a challenge.

The good news is, you don’t always have to use a word processor to format your resumé. You can use a spreadsheet! (That’s what I like to use.)

And even if you think that is a crazy idea, you can still use your spreadsheet to model the look you are going for in the first place.

A resumé layout created with a spreadsheet

That way you have something to shoot for when trying to format your resumé with a word processor instead.

3 – Software User Interface Design

I’m not a software engineer (unless being an Excel developer counts), but I still think that using a spreadsheet to quickly lay out a rough idea of your Graphical User Interphase (GUI) design can be a really good idea.

Before you write all that code and end up with a look that you don’t want, throw together a spreadsheet design first and then shoot for something similar in your code.

Using a spreadsheet for UI design

This way, you end up with something you know you will be happy with in the end.

4 – Schematic or Architecture Design

Have you ever found yourself in a situation when you are trying to figure out the layout of a room so you can get the furniture just right?

How about trying to see if that living room space is big enough for all of your chairs and couches?

Well if you have a spreadsheet on hand, you can draw up a quick schematic or technical drawing of your room or home and then draw in your furniture to test out your theories.

A room schematic created with a spreadsheet

Eventually you’ll know for sure if your next design or choice of home will be the right one.

5 – Minecraft Design

I’m sorry. I just had to include this one. I promise, I don’t have a Minecraft “addiction.” I just really enjoy the game.

Now then, back to spreadsheets.

You can use a spreadsheet to design a layout for Minecraft before you actually go in and build it in the real (virtual) world. This way, your new Minecraft castle will be the most magnificent anyone has ever seen before.

A Minecraft castle design in a spreadsheet

Now go out there and plan, design, and build away!

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