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1 February 2018

Mindmap is a term that refers to a visual data organization method that focuses on knowledge hierarchy and the links between the various components of the discussed subject. Besides the ability to organize and make sense of a great amount of data, forming a single picture which if "painted" correctly can indeed surpass 1000 words, a mindmap features many additional advantages. A graphic expression to a thematical description contributes to its memorability and enhances creativity, thinking, problem solving abilities, learning, brain storming, etc.

 The method has been in use for thousands of years but has mainly become popular by British psychologist Tony Buzan who presented his approach on the television program he hosted in 1974. Buzan claimed that contrary to the traditional belief that readers scan data linearly, (up to down, left to right) readers eyes actually jump around.

Hereby is the Buzan method for charting a mindmap:

  • Place a picture of your theme. Use at least three colors.

  • Use pictures, codes, icons and dimensions.

  • Choose keywords and use upper or lower-case letters when making use of them.

  • Place a single word in each line.

  • You must connect the lines, starting from the center. The lines become thinner the farther you expand from the center.

  • Length of linking lines should be as long as the word.

  • Use many colors for both a visual experience and coding and grouping groups that share some common theme.

  • Develop your own style

  • Use emphasis and linking

  • Leave the "map" clean by using radial hierarchy or outlines to embrace the linking "branches".

Possible uses:

  • Outlining a flow chart rather than writing a long text.

  • Formulating a graphic work model that includes all activity components (generates a general picture before delving into details)

  • A visual contents/menu: creating a list graphically and attractively, using large pictures/icons and as less text as possible.

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