Inspirational flow charts, graphics, and cartoons

“World’s most accurate pie chart.” Creator unknown. (Click image to see the earliest use of this chart that I could find.)

If you know me at all, you know I love flow charts, graphics, and cartoons!

I also love when people send them to me. I don’t care if they’re graphs, pie charts, or Venn diagrams. Sometimes I’ve seen them before, but you never know — what if I haven’t?

I love flow charts, graphics, and cartoons! These days, the simpler the better. Here are some of my favorites. Click To Tweet

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It’s been a while since I’ve added to this album, but I used to post one each week on my Facebook biz page: FRIDAY FLOW CHARTS (& Other Graphics I Like). Looks like this feature ran from mid-2012 to early-2015. Many of them are unattributed, and are also presumably one-offs.

Looking back, I notice that many of the charts are very busy. The best ones have a humorous twist, such as all paths leading to “eat the cookie”. Sometimes though, for me these days, the simpler the better.

Here’s one I love that a great number of people on the internet have also used. And here’s a link in which the artist, Henck van Bilsen, was identified by the person I had previously thought to be the originator.

Here are some of my favorite sources of inspirational flow charts, graphics, and cartoons:


About Janis Ozolins

Instagram page with lots of examples

(Janis agreed, via email, that I could use my choice of his art in this post. There are so many good ones it was hard to decide!)




Liz and Mollie

About Liz Fosslien

About Mollie West Duffy

Instagram page with lots of examples

Liz’s website addresses licensing.


Everyday People Cartoons

About Cathy Thorne

Instagram page with lots of examples

I licensed this cartoon to illustrate my NAPO2017 presentation, Networking for Introverts.




While I’m at it:

“You’ve read the tabloids. You’ve seen the T.V. movie. You’ve watched the talk shows. It’s up to you.”

Einstein’s Cousins is a favorite genealogy cartoon I did NOT receive permission (not without paying a fee I couldn’t afford) to use in my blog post, What the heck is a second cousin once removed?

And here are some cartoons by John Callahan that were published in the Los Angeles Times during the first Menendez trial. I licensed one of them for my use in 1994, and was sent several others in the bargain: Callahan Courtroom Cartoons




Woman holding Go With the Flow!Go with the flow!

Last year I published my own book of flow charts: Go With the Flow! The Clutter Flow Chart Workbook. I created and released them periodically over the years. As it turns out, the workbook includes all 17 charts which, happily, equals the number of years I worked with clients as a professional organizer.

Click here (and scroll down) to download your complimentary copy of The Original Clutter Flow Chart!



What are your favorite flow charts, graphics, and cartoons?

Please share with us in the comments below!




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  1. Seana Turner on January 22, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are all so great! I completely agree that a visual can make a point with punch! I love Liz Fosslien’s work, and am familiar with it. The others are new to me, and I love them.

    Your flow charts are easy to follow and so helpful. I’m a big fan because you break big decisions down into small ones.

    Thanks for this fun and meaningful post!

    • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 9:24 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, Seana. If I were to write a post about organizers who use and create visuals for their blog posts, and do it well, you’d be at the top of my list!

  2. Linda Samuels on January 22, 2024 at 5:17 pm

    I had a few laugh-out-loud moments, so thank you for those, Hazel. They are all wonderful, but my favorite is the one by Janis about what ‘actually’ need to start a project. All the planning in the world isn’t helpful if you never activate. And as we know, that’s often the most challenging part for many of us and our clients.

    • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 9:53 am

      Glad you enjoyed them, Linda! I appreciate a good laugh AND a good insight. If I can find both, so much the better!

  3. Linda Samuels on January 22, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    I forgot to say that I also LOVE the “pie” chart. It’s so darn funny!

    • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 9:52 am

      Haha, yes, one of my faves!

  4. Julie Bestry on January 22, 2024 at 8:28 pm

    The question is, why is there ANY pie that has not yet been eaten? 😉

    These are all excellent. I’m a huge fan of Janis Ozolins; his stuff is always so visually pleasing and streamlined that it drives the point home. I’m also a fan of Liz & Mollie, as well as Cathy Thorne.

    You may want to check out Junhan Chin (@junhanchin on Twitter and under his own name on LinkedIn), as his stuff is very thematically to Ozolins’ work. Also, check out Sketchplanations (@sketchplanator). I’m almost never on Instagram, but Action for Happiness on Twitter often shares @ValueVisualized ( on the ‘gram with lots of charts and graphs in comic form.

    • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 9:38 am

      Ah, yes — @junhanchin — this is why I was unsure (the other day) who did the un-signed flow chart and had to trace it back (to OZO.ART). I’d never seen Sketchplantations, though. Thanks also for the link to @ValueVisualized. A lot of times people take the same concept and make a different graphic for it, so its hard to know who/what came first. But then, maybe it doesn’t matter, similar to my blog post on “Those Magic Little Words (that help you get organized)”. Excellent additions, thank you, Julie!

  5. Julie Stobbe on January 23, 2024 at 4:39 am

    These are great. I love cartoons and flowcharts too. Humour can relieve the stress feel about getting organized. Flow charts are great for visual people. Thanks for sharing your sources. A member of the family got a game we played this Christmas. It is a stack of graph cards. Each card has a line on the graph going in a different pattern on each card. There is a stack of playing cards with titles for the graphs. You look at the graph and then select a title from the cards in your hand. One person selects the title for the graph they like best. At the end of the game the person whose title cards were selected most often wins. I think you might like this game. You could develop this game for organizing titles!!

    • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 10:01 am

      Is the game called Charty Party? It sounds hilarious! Thanks for the tip/idea, Julie! Thanks also for making the points: “Humour can relieve the stress feel about getting organized.” — and — “Flow charts are great for visual people.”

  6. Sara Skillen on January 23, 2024 at 11:20 am

    These are all so fun! I especially like the one on mindfulness. And now I have an odd hankering for a key lie pie…

    • Sara Skillen on January 23, 2024 at 11:22 am

      I forgot to mention I really like the Instagram account @nathanwpylestrangeplanet. Lots of hilarious takes on our silly human behaviors.

      • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 9:10 am

        Oh, I love Strange Planet! I usually rely on others to post them occasionally, so I didn’t realize until I just checked out @nathanpylestrangeplanet that he posts other great stuff as well as his own comics. So, thanks for mentioning it!

    • Hazel Thornton on January 24, 2024 at 9:06 am

      Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed it/them, Sara!

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