Creating Better API Architecture Diagrams

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  • mermaid

    Generation of diagrams like flowcharts or sequence diagrams from text in a similar manner as markdown

    UML is just one format for diagram design specifications. Another option is to use a code to diagram tool like Mermaid. Mermaid transforms plain-text (Markdown inspired text definitions in this case) into full-fleshed visual diagrams. Their tool is open-source and written in JavaScript, making it easy to customize if you’re so inclined. Advantages include:

  • sim-daltonism

    A color blindness simulator for Mac and iOS

    Clarity is key when designing architecture diagrams. This is especially true for complex API diagrams, so it's a good idea to use contrasting colors and shapes for each type of component. You can play with colors, shapes, and background patterns for each component so they're easier to identify. Keep in mind that not all eyes work the same (for instance one in 12 men are colorblind), so high contrast between elements and text is very important. Tools like Sim Daltonism on osX can help ensure that your diagrams are readable for everyone.

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