Recently, I highlighted the amazing, stylized mind map templates now offered by Canva, a popular web-based graphic design tool. It’s not the only one. Venngage offers a large selection of beautiful, inspiring mind maps that you can use to present your ideas with impact.
Like Canva, Venngage provides you with templates that aren’t bare bones. but are populated with sample data. All you need to do is modify the existing elements to meet your needs – or delete the topic shapes and add your own. At the very least, these templates are amazing examples of what’s possible when presenting information and knowledge visually.
Mind maps in Venngage don’t present a multi-layered visual outline of complex information. Rather, they are usually only one level deep, and are designed to convey a small set of related, high-level ideas in a visually appealing and compelling way. Venngage doesn’t pretend to be a tool where you can brainstorm ideas, plan a project or work through your thinking on a business decision.
In addition to its attractive mind map templates, Venngage provides a full set of tools that enable you to create your own visual diagrams and maps from scratch. I don’t find it quite as intuitive to use as Visme or Canva for this type of “roll your own” application. A case in point: In order to add a shape to an existing mind map, you must open the icon menu and select “shapes and symbols.” You can drag and drop one to the application’s workspace. But placing text within a shape must be done as a separate operation.
On balance, Venngage’s templates ARE among the best I’ve seen and they are fairly easy to modify to meet your needs.
Here’s a sampling of the many mind maps you can create in Venngage using a premium (individual) account (US$19 per month). Even more mind map templates are available if you upgrade to a business account (US$49 per month).