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.
Many mind mapping software programs enable you to convert topics into tasks and manage simple projects with ease. Here’s how.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.