Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. Whether you're new to mind maps or just want a refresher, here's all you need to know about this technique.
Visual thinking is the future of business problem solving. Using our innate ability to see – both with our eyes and our mind’s eye – gives us entirely new ways to discover hidden ideas, develop those ideas intuitively, and then share those ideas with other people in a way they are simply going to “get”.
Why can't you just draw the things you've seen? Because no matter how carefully you've observed things during your life, you haven't been observing them the right way. Here's an experiment that shows how looking at the world isn't enough to allow you to recreate it.
One of the interesting byproducts of my theory of visual language is the implication that drawings are not universal. Because images look like what they represent (the are "iconic), they are often taken to be universal in their ability to convey meaning. While this is often the case, it is not the whole story.
Do you lay out ideas visually, instead of in a list or bullet points? Increasingly, business planners are using this technique from decades ago, as it gains popularity. If you have a flow of ideas for a new product or service, see if this works for you: Lay them out in a map that shows how they are connected. It frees up the thinking and often suggests new connections, and that’s something a list does not do.
Whether you’re studying or brainstorming: making mind maps can be an essential skill. Paper works fine in a pinch, but technology makes the whole process ten times easier.
Your iPad, in particular, is the ideal study companion and works wonders for creating mind maps. There are some incredible third party tools that make it especially fast and easy to create a wide variety of mind maps and other diagrams with your tablet.
In this article, we are presenting before the readers twenty efficient mind mapping tools that can be used by different genres of business houses. All these applications have a simple and user friendly interface that can be easily used by the managers and other executives.
This page features downloadable academic papers on visual language research. Also, see my introductory writings for more accessible writing for laypeople, and the Visual Linguist blog for more casual and exploratory writing, along with updates about ongoing research. For more detailed information about visual language and its study, check out my book,The Visual Language of Comics.
By Lynda Hall The use of infographics as a teaching and learning tool is gaining more traction in academic circles in recent times. In a nutshell, infographs are visually appealing representations of information.
Psychologist Neil Cohn of University of California at San Diego believes comic strips operate the same way. Far from just a series of panels strung together, comics represent to Cohn a coherent, complex "visual language."
Here’s a collection of process modeling tools that haven’t appeared on Mind-Mapping.Org before. As well as helping you make process diagrams, most offer simulation or analysis of processes, and some can make flowcharts and organization charts as well.
As a ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor, Paul is accredited to provide official Mind Mapping and iMindMap training. He has in-depth knowledge of both the technique and the software and clearly demonstrates this to each group of new students.