Mind maps

Mind map example

What is a mind map

Mind map is a graphical multidimensional representation of the information appearing as a result of brainwork. It is used to visualize words, ideas, tasks and other items that are linked by lines or curves and arranged around a central concept or idea. Mind maps are used to create, visualize, structure and classify ideas as well as a means of studying, organization, solving problems, making decisions and writing. Unlike flowcharts and organizational charts, rules of creating mind maps are not formalized and are just advisory.

Why use mind maps

Mind maps are used in personal, family, educational, and business activity, including taking notes, brainstorming, summarizing, revising, and clarifying of thoughts. They are so widespread because they provide the following benefits:

Tips and tricks

Here are some guidelines for creating Mind Maps:

  1. Get a big sheet of paper — the bigger, the better.
  2. Start in the center with an image of the topic.
  3. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions in your Mind Map.
  4. Select key words, use upper case.
  5. Each word/image should be used separately.
  6. The lines come from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they go out from the centre.
  7. Use multiple colors in the Mind Map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.
  8. Develop your own personal style of Mind Mapping.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your Mind Map.

Grapholite can help

Grapholite allows you to easily create a mind map by offering the following abilities:

See also an article about Brainstorming Diagrams.

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