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  • 1. Mind Mapping Visual brain storming for creative clarity

2. What the heck is mind-mapping? Mindmapping is a technique based upon the principle that free flowing radial thinking falls in line with the way our brains naturally follow thought and make connections A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches.[1] Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea. 1 1. Mind Map wikipedia entry, retrieved from, January 26, 2014 3. The next slide shows an example of a mind map I made for one of my creative projects- the Dioramapod series. 4. Traditional Outline vs. Mindmap OutlineMindmap-detail Dioramampod Outside Ceramic Pods paperclay Eggs paperclay Boxes paperclay Other Materials 5. Ways Mindmapping may allow for more creative brainstorming Traditional OutlineMind MapLinearNon-linear/ radialTextContains text and imagesDifficult to make connections between separate headings and topicsAllows for connections between multiple topics and headings 6. So what are the rules for mindmapping? 7. There are no rules! (but here are some suggestions) Start with a central theme, this can be as general as Senior Project or as detailed as an ending for my film Now, without pausing too long, write down several finer categories radially branching from your center:Film, Performance, Game or surprising, happy, tragic Continue refining by radiating outwards as ideas come to you. Dont edit. Some of the spurs or branches may continue for several generations while others might remain branchless Doodling; youre doodling ideas using text and imagery while not thinking about it too hard Color can be fun; Play with letting the imagery become the main force behind your decisions 8. Mindmapping Examples 9. How to Mind Map, unkown, retrieved from January 26, 2014 10. Hand Drawn Shakespeare, unknown author, retrieved from January 26, 2014 11. De-clutter Mind Map, Paul Foreman, 2008, retrieved from January 26, 2014 12. Summer Mind Map, 2013, Trixy Sweetvittles 13. ITWV Mind Map, 2010, Trixy Sweetvittles 14. Homework due 02/13 Create three mind maps that somehow relate to your senior project The maps can be broad and general or fine and detailed or both Create the maps by hand-paper, pens, markers, pencils, paint Bring your maps to class on 02/13

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