How to Make a Venn Diagram in PowerPoint

Venn Diagrams are created to depict logical or mathematical sets visually. Named after the English Logician during the 1880s, Venn diagrams are widely used to show relationships, such as commonalities and differences between sets. In a previous article, we covered Venn diagram ideas for PowerPoint presentations.

Below are three simple methods that show how to make a Venn diagram in PowerPoint.

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1. Create a Venn Diagram using SmartArt

SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint provides a variety of layouts for making visualizations by customizing the given graphics. You can also create Venn diagrams via Insert > SmartArt > Relationship among the available options. 

The available SmartArt Graphics that can be used for a standard Venn diagram includes Interconnected Rings, Basic Venn, Radial Venn, and Linear Venn. As the names imply, these diagrams represent your visualization’s linear, stacked, and circular connectivity.

creating a venn diagram with PowerPoint's SmartArt

You can add text to the layouts to create a diagram representing the sets you intend to present.

basic structure of a venn diagram

To make your Venn diagram more elaborate, copy and paste the circles within the SmartArt layout. The Venn diagram can be customized via SmartArt Design and Format options from the Ribbon menu to change the illustration’s color, size, and other aspects.

example of a venn diagram

2. Create a Venn Diagram using PowerPoint Shapes

To create a Venn diagram using PowerPoint Shapes, go to Insert > Shapes and select a circular shape such as an oval.

inserting shapes to create venn diagram in PowerPoint

Customize the shape size and colors according to need. You can use Shape Format to adjust the colors, transparency, size, etc.

organizing shapes to create a venn diagram in PowerPoint

Add text via Insert > Text > Text Box to the added shapes.

inserting text box in venn diagrams PowerPoint

Below is an example of a Venn diagram created using PowerPoint Shapes.

a completed venn diagram created using PowerPoint shapes

3. SlideModel’s Venn Diagram PowerPoint Templates

You can create simple to complex Venn diagrams using SmartArt Graphics and Shapes in PowerPoint. However, using readymade presentation templates can enable you to save time in designing your presentation slides and add visual appeal to your slide deck.

If you are someone who does not like to spend several hours designing PowerPoint slides, SlideModel provides a wide range of Venn Diagram PowerPoint Templates that can be customized to match your needs.

A Venn Diagram PowerPoint Template by SlideModel

Things to Consider When Making a Venn Diagram

While constructing a Venn model might seem like a simple task. The diagram can face various issues if the sections aren’t carefully constructed. Let’s take a look at a few things you should consider when visualizing sets in the form of Venn diagrams.

1. Decide What to Compare

Before you begin constructing your Venn diagram, it might be best to pause and consider what you intend to create. A design made in haste without considering complex relationships isn’t the best approach. Before beginning the visualization process, you can also brainstorm with your team or write down the sequence and relationships.

2. Make Sure the Relationships are Accurately Depicted

A broken chain or inaccurate depiction of relationships can be one of many issues that can make your diagram redundant. A careful review of the illustration during and after completing your model can be one way of ensuring that the Venn design is accurately constructed. To get ideas, also consider looking at sample designs or using readymade PowerPoint templates to make your job easy.

3. Use Diagram Titles Correctly

You should place a title at the top of the diagram to describe it and use labels that can accurately define the relationships in your illustration. Using too many bits of text within the illustration can be confusing; therefore, you can also draw lines and incorporate elements to help accommodate text to help better explain sets. Such as in the case of the complex Venn diagram templates given above.

4. Be Mindful of the Middle of the Diagram

The intersection of a Venn diagram appears where two or more sections overlap. This is the place where you need to define the relationship between sets. Not being mindful of the intersection can result in an inaccurate depiction of sets. At the end of the day, it might be the most important part of your illustration.

Final Words

Venn diagrams have many uses, from depicting the Set Theory in mathematics to making business models and market segments, depicting relationships to explain scientific concepts, explaining linguistics, etc. Venn diagrams can help make complex concepts easier to explain and grasp without constructing illustrations that might appear confusing and difficult to follow visually. However, when constructing your Venn diagram, you should not get carried away by its mere simplicity of it. This can have pitfalls that can result in making models that can break the chain of logical relationships you intend to visualize.

A simple method for making your Venn diagrams appear properly formatted is to use PowerPoint templates as a guide to ensure that your sets are cohesive and properly represented. Designs made using ready-made templates can also enable you to share them offline or online, using a number of PowerPoint-supported formats or by saving them as an image file. Alternatively, if you are a Google Slides user looking for this solution, please refer to our article on how to make a Venn Diagram in Google Slides.

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