Mind Map – What are we communicating?
I have witnessed plenty of Mind maps over the past few years, since I was introduced to the concept. Each time I had to consume one, it almost always gave way to my imagining a 3rd world alien creature. The producers of course took pride in the creation peppered with information (think of a humble pizza with so many toppings that you can hardly see or taste singularly!). A few simple questions often revealed that the creators only knew how to use the Mind mapping tool. They didn’t solve the problem of lack of clarity; in fact they amplified it.
I always questioned at the inevitable complexity of the diagram called Mind map. Yes, it may seem correct that since it’s supposed to map a mind, most of us would have a cluttered mess of thoughts, and it would spit out such a complexity as a natural output. And the tools are overwhelming too; people feel encouraged to stuff as much information as possible – to probably demonstrate the degree of work done. I’ve also seen people to allow complexity in the structure on purpose, so that the “expertise” can be discouraging for others to attempt mind maps.
Anyways, I finally had my first experiment at creating a mind map. This was for an assignment in an online course I’m participating in – Crash course on Creativity by Stanford University. The faculty is Tina Seelig, and the course is on the platform: Venture Lab.
Since I was committed to learning, my resistance (and phobia) of mind map had to go. I always dreaded at the thought of creating something too complex while advocating clarity and simplicity as my business offering. In brief, the assignment was to map the mind after a 30-minute walk in the place of your choice. My biggest learning came from observing what my esteemed colleagues (total strangers) had achieved. Most of the creations I observed had something to teach.
I am lucky to present few such creations – having the respective permissions in place. These are in no particular order (and I might add few more when I get more approvals; so watch this space…)
Go ahead…embrace the thought-process, the raw solution approach, the creativity, and the mastery in storytelling. Get inspired.
#1 The Park as a Micro Universe by Artist: Elsa Mora | Website | Facebook Profile
#2 Anatomy of a Rose Garden by Artist: Kim Kasabian | LinkedIn Profile
#3 The Power of a Sunlight by Artist: Vanessa Kapinski | LinkedIn Profile
#4 A Soccer Match by Artist: Alvaro Peon | Email | Facebook Profile
#5 A 30 Mins Walk by Artist: Oluwatosin Oyewole | Email | LinkedIn Profile | About Me
#6 I am Blindfolded by Artist: Samar Mezghani | LinkedIn Profile
#7 Nature Observation by Artist: Lamees Shalash | LinkedIn Profile | Google+ Profile
#8 From my Shoes Point-of-view by Artist: Catalina Lagos | Facebook Profile
#9 I’m Sick! by Artist: Stephanie Dyke | Website
#10 A Cold Day by Artist: Valentina Ruiz | Email
#11 Nature is Creativity by Artist: Astrid Aquino | Email
#12 Shower Time by Artist: Anastasia Senchukova | LinkedIn Profile
#13 A Walk Inside Out by Artist: Lidia Barboza Norbis | LinkedIn Profile
#14 Great Day at Swimming Pool by Artist: Larisa Popescu | LinkedIn Profile
#15 One Slow Walk by Artist: Tania Ahlfeldt | LinkedIn Profile
#16 Senses by Artist: Sara Vila | LinkedIn Profile | Email | Portfolio
#17 Walk With The Emporer by Artist: Bryndie Beach | Blog
#18 Simplicity in Complexity by Artist: Lizz Robb | Email | Website | LinkedIn Profile
and here’s mine…
#0 Walk With 5 Senses by Artist: Vishal Mehta | LinkedIn Profile
If you must create mind maps, please forget the tools and start focusing on the ideas and purpose of the mind map. Like every creation in the world, the diagram also is first created in mind, then on the tool, not the other way round.
If you wish to use any of the above graphics, please do so only after seeking approval from the respective artists.
Happy Mind Mapping!