Blog Post # 1

Lines and Shapes 

Objective:  To refine and search elements to enhance their triggering Image capability. We will do this by exploring and experimenting with the various elements that make up Mind Mapping.  Each blog will go into detail with an individual an individual element. With experimentation you should have different triggering results with the modification of these elements. 

Also the blog is short.  But you can spend time with it. (By doing the examples Up to you.)

Please notice that there is no wrap around text around the images.  This allows easy use on the iPhones without confusing formatting problems

It only makes sense that the lines you use in mind mapping can stimulate and trigger different images in your mind map. There are of course a number of other factors which we will cover in upcoming blogs. But for this blog we are just going to focus on the line itself. 

All the lines that we are going to be working with have one thing in common. None of them are going to be straight. We are going to take a look at some variations on the main branches and the subbranches.

Here are some examples main branch variations.

We know that there are more potent elements that trigger different images, i.e. color and word choice. But for now let us just focus on line itself.  The obvious variation is the thickness of the line. Depending on your topic you can see where the thickness of the line can have an impact on what it is triggering in your mind.  We will work with the variations using them to create blank mind maps


Here is what you can try and to see if there is a difference in the images that your mind creates because of the difference in line thickness.

If you have a little extra time, copy the different blank mind maps.  (screen shot will work) and print them.  Using the same topic, fill in the mind maps with as much as you can.  Wait at least 10 minutes or more (a day apart would be fine).  Now compare results when you are finished.  If they are different except for the topic, you now can make assumptions for yourself about line thickness values in your Mind Mapping endeavors.

If you have less time, you can simply go to the blank mind maps, select a topic and do the experiment without writing anything down but simply visualize the words you would put down or just jot them down as you’re doing this.  A list would be fine.  Again, take some time between mind maps. This works fine using your iPhone in the landscape position.  Try it in different settings.

Whenever you are creating a mind map and running into a wall, you may want to consider modifying the lines.

One additional note.  I use a 12.9 inch iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and Procreate software in place of pen and paper.  It does not bother me to make Mind Maps on regular  paper with pen, markers and crayons for color.  It is a great convenience for me and I really enjoy it.  But the real beauty in creating Mind Maps is that you don’t need any real additional equipment.  It is a low tech or no tech discipline.