Thursday, May 31, 2012

AWS Diagrams



Update! Now you can download my first collection of AWS Diagrams Objects to use them on your own diagrams. Check this out!




Some months ago I've discovered the AWS diagrams design at the Architecture Center and I immediately felt in love with them. Those graphics were so... fresh, clear, logical and nice. So distant from my traditional work with LanFlow and Microsoft Visio. I've printed one of them, pinned it next to my desk and said out loud: "One day all my architecture designs will look like that".
I thought they were created using a Network Diagram tool. Some tool that was unknown for me so I'd spend some time searching for that tool. After a while I realized that there was no edition tool, no plug-in or on-line drawing service for that. They were created drawing. Old school method. And my suspicions were confirmed after realizing that the PDF files were created using Adobe Illustrator.
And here I go. After 20 years since the last time I used this program I decided to learn again how to draw vector graphics. With the original AWS Architecture examples in one hand and some patience in the other I've started to use this drawing style for my projects related to Amazon Web Services.
Here I show you some examples of my work. I hope you enjoy them. Has been refreshing for me to spend some time "drawing" instead of dealing with computers and costumers for a change :)
I've read a couple of times the original drawings without noticing and copyright limit. And there goes my question: Do you know if I'm allowed to use this drawing style for my work related with AWS without falling into any copyright issues?






















Update! Now you can download my first collection of AWS Diagrams Objects to use them on your own diagrams. Check this out!





11 comments:

  1. Really love it. As I said on LinkedIn, please do keep an eye out for us, http://www.madeiracloud.com/ , we make diagramming really easy and you can actually provision and monitor applications from the diagram view.

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  2. Saw your comment on LinkedIn as well. These are exceptional. I've never used illustrator but am truly inspired to do so based on what you have done. I know it's not easy, but seems very rewarding. Thanks for sharing this! Hopefully one day i'll have something to share back with you.

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  3. These are fantastic, good work indeed. I love those 3D AWS schematics.

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  4. Juan, I found your post on LinkedIn after searching for the very same thing. Do you offer your illustrations?

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  5. Great post, I wish these were available from AWS!

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  6. Juan, may I impose by asking if you would be willing to share more than PNG images of the excellent work above?

    Perhaps you might share some Adobe Illustrator "building blocks", so that others can follow in your footsteps?

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  7. +1 for sharing the building blocks please

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  8. +1 for sharing. is it possible to get the vectors?

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  9. Update! Now you can download my first collection of AWS Diagrams Objects to use them on your own diagrams. Check this out!
    http://blog.domenech.org/2013/04/aws-diagrams-adobe-illustrator-object-collection-first-release.html

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  10. Hi Juan, thanks for this and really great work. I don't do Illustrator and no time to learn at the moment. Any interest in making a couple of AWS Architecture diagrams for me? We could do a deal on elance.com

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