Canva, the über-popular web-based graphic design studio, makes it easy to create everything from social media images and charts to brochures and mind maps.
How to manage tasks and simple projects with a mind map
Many mind mapping software programs enable you to convert topics into tasks and manage simple projects with ease. Here’s how.
Floating topics: How and when to use them in your mind maps
While most mind mapping software programs now support floating topics, not many users know how to utilize them. Here are some tips on how to do so effectively.
First-level topics: 15 tips to build a stronger foundation for your next mind map
Deciding on first-level topics for your mind map is a critical first step in its creation, because they have a strong influence over the structure and content of the rest of it. Think through what you need to communicate and how to organize it, using the questions and techniques in this article.
What are basic ordering ideas and how can they improve your mind mapping?
Basic ordering ideas are the first level topics that radiate out from your map’s central topic. They are the key concepts that help you to produce the greatest number of associations as you develop a mind map. You can almost certainly improve the quality of your mind maps by being aware of how to create good basic ordering ideas.
Topic notes: A powerful repository for capturing expanded information in mind maps
If you want to become a more effective mind mapper, then it’s essential that you become familiar with your program’s topic notes feature. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of them.
What are boundaries and how can they increase the effectiveness of your mind maps?
If you are sharing a mind map with other people, and want to draw their attention to a specific section of it, a boundary is a good way to do that. Here’s a primer on what boundaries are, and some creative ways in which you can use them.
An innovative design for a “compass map” diagram
Want to show a sense of purpose or direction in your mind maps? Then consider creating a “compass map” like this one, inspired by a new nutritional information program launched by global food giant Nestlé.
Pearltrees for iPhone is a joy to use
Pearltrees, a web-based mind mapping and social content curation application, continues to spread to new platforms – starting with the iPad earlier this year and now the iPhone. This is a well-designed, fun to use app. Read my review to learn why.
Mind map analysis – regional planning map
My latest Effective Mind Maps report looks at a regional planning mind map that attempts to cram a lot of information in a small space. Effective? Not so much.
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